Waluga bus garage has neighbors fuming
By Jillian Daley
Diesel emissions spew from tailpipes and engines growl as dozens of school buses queue up and trundle through the Waluga neighborhood of Lake Oswego, starting at about 6:30 a.m. on weekdays.
Buses rumble down Beasley Way during the evening, on weekends and in the summer, too, ferrying students and other groups to special events. The large buses squeeze down narrow roads, sometimes rolling onto sidewalks for tight turns and making it difficult for residents to navigate their neighborhoods.
Living on the same street as a bus garage is “hell,” Kate O’Rielly says.
Where does a city put necessary utility or function? Where do you put a wastewater treatment plant, a bus barn. a city operations facility? These facilities do not make good neighbors and this is why industrial zones exist - to segregate functional land uses. Where would you put the bus barn - is there room in your neighborhood?
“The entire transportation staff of 40 people was laid off in June 2003 and a contract for transportation services was entered into with First Student (formerly Laidlaw),” the report says. “The district’s bus fleet was also sold at that time for $1,000,000 to Laidlaw as part of
2. To save money, the school district cut personnel and contracted out services. With this move, the city was no longer obligated to pay for ballooning salary, benefits and retirement costs that continued to cut into direct educational services, it's primary function.
The City can learn some lessons from the school district and other cities that have decided to use contracted personnel to fulfill city services to save the taxpayers money or retain city services when budget get tight. As long as there are controls against cronyism, a serious study of which contract services could benefit the city is needed.