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Proposed Greater Clark Co. Schools bus depot causing debate

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A proposed new bus compound for Greater Clark County Schools is causing a heated debate in Jeffersonville.

Some city officials and business owners are against relocating to an already busy street.

The plan is for the bus compound to replace the Clark County Auto Auction, but the mayor and some business owners believe adding dozens of buses to 10th Street traffic is a bad idea.

"We're not in support of that venture," said Dr. Laura Strong, who owns Eastside Animal Hospital.

The Eastside Animal Hospital next door to the proposed bus compound on 10th Street in Jeffersonville.

"Eastside animal hospital is certainly not anti-school," Dr. Strong stressed.

She said she is pro-school, but not on board with Clark County Schools' plan to relocate its bus compound next door.

"We are concerned about the bus traffic up and down 10th Street, we're concerned about if that's going to be in our clients' and patients' best interest," said Dr. Strong.

"There's a lot of angry people -- opposed to this idea," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

Mayor Moore is also against the move.

"This will kill 10th Street," he said.

He also said adding dozens of buses to the city's busiest street is not smart.

"The fact that the school system thinks it's a good idea to put a 163 buses here and every morning put them out on the 10th Street in a matter of 15 minutes is crazy," said Mayor Moore.

A spokesperson from Greater Clark County Schools said the number of buses would be more like 65 and the current bus compound is old and needs work.

"Why is it old and dilapidated and unkempt? They have been horrible neighbors to the city of Jeff with that bus compound," Mayor Moore responded.

But not everyone is ready to throw greater Clark schools under the bus.

"We have a property that is developed," said Paul Fetter, manager of Clark County Auto Auction.

Fetter said the move would save taxpayers money because there would be very little assembly required.

"They would have four areas in the back to do mechanical work, one to watch the buses," he said. "They would have a stoplight where they could access 10th Street safely."

Fetter said he has also talked to other business owners in favor of the move. That includes a neighboring car wash.

"I asked him what he thought about the bus terminal locating here, and he thought that it was a good idea. And that instead of causing a problem for him, it gave him an opportunity. He saw the opportunity of having a hundred employees here as an opportunity to wash cars," Fetter said.

The Clark County Auto Auction is already in the process of moving down the street, but Fetter said they'll lose money if the bus compound deal falls through.

"If we don't have a buyer for the property, then it sits vacant and we have carrying cost associated with not having the property sold, the equivalent is about $400,000 a year," said Fetter.

A contract has been signed, but this is still not a done deal because the area would have to be rezoned.

There will also be an open house on Monday afternoon, March 14, at 5:30. It will be held at the Clark County Auto Auction.

Neighbors and business owners are invited attend and voice any concerns.

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