After years of poor maintenance by the River Edge senior bus drivers, the borough is now faced with the reality of auctioning off one bus after the discovery that the frame and chassis has major rust issues.
The 2001 Ford bus was primarily purchased through a Community Development Block Grant for $48,000 with the borough contributing a portion of funds.
"It's been out of service since March 19 when it was brought to my attention about the rust and holes," DPW Superintendent John Lynch said. "It's not normal wear and tear and I've pushed the drivers about washing the bus and undercarriage and they don't do what they're supposed to do."
According to Lynch, the borough's second senior bus, a 2010 version, is also being maintained in a similar fashion to the 2001 bus and could very well face the same fate.
"If the drivers don't maintain and care for the bus, then this is what happens as a result," Lynch added.
The majority of proceeds from the sale of the bus will be returned to the Community Development Block Grant fund with 10% of the proceeds staying within the borough. No auction date has been set as of this time.
The bus, which will be auctioned in an "as is" condition will come with a disclosure of the rust and a release of liability that will be written by Borough Attorney Sam Cereste.
The governing body will have a separate discussion in the future on how to best preserve the remaining senior bus and who is responsible for its maintenance.