School Bus Status Gets Public Hearing

Attleboro's school buses could be forced off the Pleasant Auto Center parking lot this week.

Lots of behind-the-scenes chatter is taking place about two items on the agenda for this week's Attleboro Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. Both items involve the school buses parked at Pleasant Auto Center.

One item includes a public hearing "to consider revoking the special permit" for Pleasant Auto owner Cynthia Karol. The permit allows her to operate the business on the property, despite its location in an area zoned residential. She is restricted from having buses parked on the property. However, the buses of school district contractor H&L Bloom have been parking at the site since last month.

A rival agenda item (no public hearing included) calls for the permit to be modified "to include the operation of a bus terminal/storage facility."

Last month, Karol received a letter from the city telling her to get rid of the buses within 30 days or face fines of $100 per day. She told Attleboro Patch that she planned to get the permit modified so the buses would be allowed to stay.

The ZBA session is scheduled to take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in the council chambers. The agenda is attached to this article.

Big Guy October 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Can someone please explain why the city is at war with their school bus provider? The busses have to go somewhere.
Gretchen Robinson October 08, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Pleasant Street is an excellent location. There's space and it's central for bus drivers to get to. It's on a main thoroughfare but far enough out of the center that id doesn't add more traffic to the downtown area. Cindy Karol is an asset to and has served this community well in the past. The City needs to find a way to allow the busses to continue to park there!!
paul October 09, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I think that's the site of the old Anderson Jeep dealership and if so she should be able to park whatever she wants on that lot. It's her land and she is doing the city a much needed service. The Mayor should speak up and the city should drop or waive any fees or red tape in this case.
Jerry Chase October 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The City's rationale should be common public knowledge.
DAN DEVINE October 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Gretchen knows everything!


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