Three members of the board -- President Brian Atkinson, Terry Barr and Jennifer Kaelber -- were able to attend the tour of the facility. Dottie King, who was not present for the tour, attended the discussion at North Clay Middle School.
Ted Jackson, Tina Heffner and Forrest Buell were not in attendance for the discussion, but had toured the property Monday night.
"Tom and I have been over this property several times," Director of Transportation Frank Misner said at the meeting following the tour. "It is a nice facility, it isn't perfect but as close as we can get. It is the best of the options and the least expensive."
Misner explained how the building would be used, and how the buses would utilize the south entrance of the property in order to avoid the dangerous intersection of U.S. 40 and County Road 200 West (Waterworks Road).
"I would require all of the buses to enter and exit at the south entrance because of the intersection," Misner said. "The bus hut where we are currently using repairs can be used for dry storage."
He and Larry Wallace also explained the use of the building. Misner explained what each location and bay would specialize in, whether it is mechanical work or a wash bay and Wallace explained what they are currently using the area for. The building is 2200 sq. ft., which is a large change from the 700 sq. ft., which the transportation department has.
Misner added to further avoid the intersection, exiting buses would turn on to Waterworks Road, travel south and take other area roads back to the main outlets.
"It is really something that we would like to not have to do," he said.
If the Wallace property were to be purchased, it would still need to be appraised by two separate appraisers, and the corporation would have to analyze its cash balance as of June 30, 2009, to determine how much money could be spent.
However, board members who attended the tour came away feeling confident in the possibility of using the building as a bus garage.
Currently $550,000 has been set aside for the project in the rainy-day fund.
"I am impressed with the facility," President Brain Atkinson said. "It looks like something that would be a good investment."
Though no vote was taken the issue will be on the list of agenda items during the April 9 school board meeting which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditeria of Clay City Junior/Senior High School.