Fate of Bus Garage Argued

Fate of Bus Garage Argued

Posted: Updated: Dec 06, 2018 07:51 AM

The argument over whether a new school bus garage should be allowed in the Town of Watertown continued Wednesday night, with no resolution.

Developer Mike Lundy is trying to build a bus garage and maintenance facility for First Student, the bus company which serves the Watertown City School District. Lundy wants to locate it in the Jefferson County Industrial Park off Coffeen Street, which is in the Town of Watertown. Businesses in the park fiercely oppose the garage. They claim the bus garage doesn't qualify under the town's zoning law, and would create traffic tie-ups and other problems.

Wednesday night, two of the businesses addressed the town's zoning board of appeals. The zoning board listened, but took no action.

"This is not a law, it's a proposal that's been introduced and may or may not actually get passed. The mere fact that the board is considering this shows that it is currently not a permitted use," said Daniel Samann, then lawyer for Car-Freshner Corp., one of the businesses opposed to the garage.

"Mr. Lundy himself and the applicant - if you look at all the submissions from January, March and April - every one of them listed it as a 'bus garage.' He didn't actually change the wording until he realized it undermined his zoning arguments," said Edward Valentine of Opal Development, another business opposed to the garage.

The zoning board will hold a special meeting on December 19 to consider the arguments it heard.

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