E. Hampton residents: Bus depot doesn't belong in neighborhood

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EAST HAMPTON -

An East End school district's plan to build a bus depot has some residents concerned about the local environment and noise in the area. 

The East Hampton School District would like to build a new school bus depot and fueling station at the northern end of its high school ballfields along Cedar Street.

Neighbors have since hired an attorney who says that the Cedar Street site is close to a special groundwater protection area, and that fuel or chemical spills could cause problems.

"There is a serious potential for contamination," says Jeffrey Bragman, of the civic group Cedar Street Committee. 

School officials say they are listening to residents' concerns and recently found another potential location for the depot on Springs-Fireplace Road that is in a less residential area. That location would cost taxpayers much more money since it's not on school-owned property. It would require a tax increase referendum.  

The school district says it discusses the bus depot plans at each of its board meetings. It's hoping to put the issue to a vote in the fall.
 

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