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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Yongsan Garrison residents should get ready for more: more parking, more police on the roads, more classroom space and more school lunch choices.

These and other topics were addressed at the garrison’s monthly community information forum Tuesday.

Officials said they hope to have 312 additional parking spots — including 120 for post exchange overflow parking — completed by September to help alleviate garrison parking woes.

Deputy garrison commander Tillman Moses said military police will be out in force in the near future to remind garrison drivers to slow down before school starts on Aug. 25.

And John Ghim, acting director of the garrison’s department of public works, said that various aspects of the expansion of Department of Defense Dependents Schools range from 65 percent to 97 percent complete.

The $740,000 project includes expanding the middle school and elementary school shared cafeteria, adding new classrooms and improving the ventilation systems. He said parking lots on X Corps Boulevard and 8th Army Drive will be expanded and the drop-off point at the elementary school will be made bigger to reduce traffic problems there.

Garrison spokesman Dave McNally said the projects should be complete before the first day of school.

Shawn Dorcy, the Yongsan Army and Air Force Exchange Service general manager, said elementary school students will be offered the choice of two entrees instead of one and middle school students will get to choose from three, not two, entrees as part of a worldwide change.

During a phone interview Tuesday, Dorcy said AAFES is also working on a system that will allow parents to buy school lunches online and hopes that the system will be in place before the school year begins.

Other topics discussed at the forum included:

AAFES continues to work toward solving taxi woes caused when the company terminated its contract with World Cup Arirang Tourism Co. in June because striking drivers disrupted the service. Dorcy said AAFES plans on eventually having as many as four taxi companies on post, along with an independent dispatcher to ensure no company becomes "too powerful." He said because the dispatcher will not be tied to any of the companies, customers can expect to be charged $1 when calling for a taxi.The commissary will continue its "early bird" shopping program until Aug. 31. Still in a test phase, the program allows customers to purchase 15 items or less between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.Yongsan officials will soon begin distributing a brochure about safe ways to get to Camp Kim and Yongsan Garrison’s Gate 1. The move follows two accidents last week involving soldiers making illegal left turns across city bus routes.Moses also said the garrison might consider closing Gate 1 to incoming traffic.AAFES officials say they’ll offer a much bigger selection of Christmas lights this year: five times the amount the offered last year.Describing last year’s selection as "a disaster," Dorcy said he also plans to make this year’s selection available by September. The number of toys in stock during the Christmas season will not increase, he said, but there are plans in place to quickly replenish dwindling stocks.Plans to turn the empty top floor of Hannam Village’s shopping center into a community center where residents could hold parties and meetings have stalled after the contract for renovations was contested.Community information forums take place the last Tuesday of every month at the garrison’s community services building. The next is slated for Aug. 26.


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