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Moving School Buses To Baron's South Could Save Westport Big Bucks

The Westport Board of Education voted unanimously last Monday to approve an application to construct a new bus parking facility on the town-owned land, a plan that will now be submitted to Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Moving Westport’s school more than $200,000 a year.

The Board of Education has worked diligently to find a way to reduce expenditures for school-bus parking.  the most economical way to house school busses in Westport. 

“It now appears that the only viable option to the current plan appears to be one that utilizes that portion of the Baron South property that abuts the Post Road,” Superintendent of Schools Elliot Landon stated in a written notice to the school board.

A traffic consultant has worked with the town and school board to determine the ‘feasibility and practicality’ of using that site. Landon said he is hopeful Westport will soon have an alternative to their current, more costly situation, which is parking in a privately owned lot next to the Mobil Station on Post Road East. This move will save Westport and its school system a significant amount of money on a long-term basis, according to Landon.

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The next step in the approval process will be discussing the idea with Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission after the pre-application is submitted. -parking contract is not up for two years, Landon said the town could have the move lined up prior to the expiration of that contact.

“We could be ready for full , employee parking, and construction of a maintenance and driver facility in Westport before that contract ends,” Landon said.

The Planning and Zoning is scheduled to meet again on September 6. 

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