WYANET — Cathy Peterson and Principal Kristie Cady addressed the Wyanet Village Board during Tuesday night’s meeting on behalf of Bureau Valley Elementary School seeking the board’s views on the after-school parking and pickup problems.
Peterson explained that there are three buses that bring students back to Wyanet after school. Parents are supposed to be waiting in the rear parking lot behind the school on Fifth Street.
Peterson said, “Staff parks at one end of the parking lot, and there is plenty of space for parents to park and wait to pick up their children.”
Cady said that notes have gone home, emails have been sent, and parents have even been talked to in person, but they continue to park along both sides of Fourth Street and also on Locust Street.
The buses not only have trouble getting down the street but after being dropped off, students are running to their cars and walking between cars, which is causing safety concerns for school officials.
Police Chief Todd Marquez suggested barricading Fourth Street between the alley and the stop sign during the after-school time so no one can park there and students can cross there safely.
Another suggestion was to have students walk through the school to the rear parking lot after getting off of the bus, which would force parents to wait in the back.
For now, there will be signs placed that indicate there is no parking between the alley and the stop sign on Fourth Street during school hours when students are present.
Also, it should be noted that there is no parking near the stop signs, so there will be signs that say no parking from here to the stop sign.
Both the board and the school employees agree that the safety of the children is the most important thing, and both will continue to monitor the situation to ensure things are going the way they should.
In other news:
• The board heard the police monthly report presented by Chief Marquez and the village maintenance report presented by Superintendent of Streets Brandon Teske.
• Chief Marquez presented the fireworks ordinance to the board. The proposed ordinance will be reviewed by board members and discussed at next month’s meeting.
• The board is still looking into purchasing a garbage truck with an automatic arm to pick up carts (garbage cans). The carts come in three sizes — 35 gallons, 65 gallons and 96 gallons. There are samples at the village hall if anyone is interested in seeing the carts.
• A zoning variation request was approved for a garage in the alley at 304 S. Locust.
• Residents will be seeing the annual 3 percent increase to their water bills next month. The increase will be a total of $1.57 per customer, which covers yearly chemical increases.
• The board decided to sell a salt spreader and snow plow.
The next scheduled meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at village hall.