Reverse back-up alarms on school buses will continue at least until March in north Woodside in Hailey, despite objections from neighbors about the noise they produce.
The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission decided Monday to give the Blaine County School District a chance to mitigate the noise. Options include the installation of video cameras on buses for safe reversing.
A conditional-use permit issued in 2003 required the beeping alarms to be silenced at the bus barn, but School District officials chose to override the condition of approval for safety reasons last year.
On Monday, the P&Z appeared willing to hold the School District to the original agreement to operate the bus barn near Wood River High School without the alarms.
“When this [bus barn construction] was approved, there was no noise,” said P&Z Chairwoman Janet Fugate.