City Says School Buses Must Move
The owner of Pleasant Auto Center is applying for a special permit so the school buses can be parked on her business property.
The third time might not be the charm for H&L Bloom and its quest to park the Attleboro school district buses during off-hours. The city issued a violation notice this week to Pleasant Auto Center, informing the owner Cynthia Karol that the property was not zoned for bus parking and that the 35 vehicles must be removed.
Karol told Attleboro Patch on Thursday that she would apply for a special permit so the buses could stay there.
The notice, which was written by Local Inspector Fred Bray, warns Karol she had 30 days to remove the buses from the location at 676 Pleasant Street. Failure to abide by the order could lead to fines of $100 per day.
"It all came about suddenly," said Karol, whose agreement with Bloom for the bus parking began Tuesday, the same day the violation notice was issued. "My attorney is applying for a special permit to keep them there."
Karol said the process involves lots of paper work and her attorney would have the application submitted to City Hall by early next week.
It has been a difficult few months for Bloom, which recently renewed its bus contract with the district, to find a place to park the vehicles. The city forced them off Attleboro High School and later Reynolds & Markman on Olive Street because of environmental concerns.
Bloom did not immediately return a message left by Patch on Thursday.
Noting that for many years, the buses were parked on an adjacent property, Karol said she believes her business is a good location for the vehicles.
"I hope it will work here, but we'll have to let due process take its course and see what happens," she said.