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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Community National Bank to Finance a Portion of New City Hall

DISCUSSION FOR NEW CITY HALL -- Members of the Buffalo City Council discuss additional funding for the new City Hall/Convention Center. Pictured are Martin Housler, Dorothy Farmer, Mayor Royce Dawkins, Attorney Jerry Nowlin, Dianne Ryder, and Glenn Hightower.

Members of the Buffalo City Council met Monday, January 6, for a special called meeting and work session. All were present except Councilman Jerry Salazar. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

The topic concerned financing a part of the construction of the new Buffalo City Hall / Convention Center that is already underway. The total cost of the new building is $1,710,000. The majority of funds used to pay for the building will come from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund. But, the city will need to borrow about $510,000. to complete the project.

After a discussion and consideration, the board voted in favor of borrowing the money needed, up to $550,000, from Community National Bank of Buffalo. Officers from Community National Bank, Tommy Neyland and Jerry Sanders, were present at the meeting.

At the last city council meeting, the attorney for the city of Buffalo, Jerry Nowlin, recommended that the city purchase a tax note to fund the portion of the new building not covered by the hotel/motel tax fund. Purchasing a tax note would include the additional expense of $25,000 for an administration fee. The rate would be at 2% and the city would have six years to pay it off.

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Meet Kathleen & Scott Wilmot Of Lavender Sky Ranch

HOMEMADE PIZZA -- Fresh homemade pizza from the oven of Scott Wilmot is hard to beat.

Scott and Kathleen (Katita) Wilmot hosted a group of area ladies at their new, red barndominium located about 5 miles from Buffalo on FM 1848. Scott, an avid and talented cook, treated his guests to fresh homemade pizzas cooked in his outside wood burning pizza stove. Katita displayed her art work and artwork of her friends and gave those in attendance ideas on getting started with oil painting on canvas.

The Wilmots purchased their property in Buffalo a couple of years ago with plans to build here after their home in Conroe sold. The house was slow to sell, so Scott and Katita began to build anyway; then, suddenly, the house did sell, and the couple had to move into a tiny travel trailer where they lived on their property in Buffalo while their barndominium was being constructed. They were able to move into their new home in March 2017.

“For months while we waited to be able to move into the new barndominium,” said Scott, “we cooked our meals on an open fire under a large tree behind the house.” Katita said that what they enjoyed most about their place was the beautiful sunsets which led to their naming their new home Lavender Sky Ranch.

Scott, who retired from Exxon after 33 years of service, said that he has always enjoyed cooking. He especially likes cooking outside on wood fires. Besides the pizza oven, he also has a full size conventional oven outside where he prepares additional meals. The pizza oven, which cooks fast at 700 degrees, can be used for other foods like breads and roasting chickens and other meats.

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Meet The Candidates & Enjoy The Chili

The public is invited to a Chili Supper at the Lone Star Community Center beginning at 5 pm on Saturday, January 20th. Invited to attend are the candidates for the Republican Primary to be held March 6th.

Leon County Judge Byron Ryder is being challenged for his position by Gary Danford. Commissioner David Ferguson, Precinct 2 is defending his position against Sandy Lumley. Leon County District Clerk Beverly Wilson is being challenged by Cassandra Noey, and Lori Reid, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace is seeking to retain her position against Mark Taylor.

This is an opportunity to meet the challengers and hear from the current office holders. It is also an opportunity to have a bowl of chili with friends and neighbors.

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Commissioners Meet

Leon County Commissioners met Monday, January 8th, for their first regular session of the year. All were present except Commissioner David Grimes who has the flu. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder, who presided over the meeting, said that, currently, East Texas is the number one infected area in the nation for the flu virus.

The court voted approval to update all the Interlocal Agreements with the cities and fire departments and also the schools. This agreement allows the various cities and fire departments including ones in Teague and Fairfield to aid each other in case of need.

Approval was given to secure liability for the District Attorney, District Judges, and Law Enforcement Officers. The cost for the insurance is $1,516.00 annually.

A bid of $751.00 from Mona Rice for Lot 28, Block 10, Hilltop Lakes, Section 2 was approved.

Two road use agreements were approved for Precinct 1 on County Road 231 and on County Road 231.

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Filing Period for City Election

A General Election will be held for positions on the Buffalo City Council on May 5, 2018. Persons interested in having their names on the ballot must come by City Hall between January 17th and February 16th to get an application. The last day to get a name on the ballot will be at 5pm on February 16th.

All positions are two year terms. The positions currently expiring are ones held by Dorothy Farmer, Glenn Hightower, and Martin Housler. If there are questions, please call the city hall at (903) 322-4741.

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Buffalo Tank Named Member of the Month

MEMBER OF THE MONTH -- (back) Phillip Bounds “Chamber”, Holy King “Chamber”, Corey Theiss “Chamber”, Tommy Neyland “Chamber”, Elizabeth Ferrari “Chamber”, Chase Glick “Chamber” and Chad Rudani “Chamber”, (front) business owners and representatives Josh Cheek, Joe Cheek, Margaret Cheek, and Jennifer McGill. Not pictured is Hank ‘The Tank’ boston terrier and the newest, adorable member of the family. Photo/Sue Pittman “Chamber”

The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Member of the Month: Buffalo Tank Company, Inc. Buffalo Tank is a family-owned and operated company established in 1984 by Earl and Joe Cheek. It is currently owned and operated by Joe and Margaret Cheek, along with their son Josh Cheek and daughter Jennifer McGill. Although they are a small business with only 7 additional employees, they put outquite the volume.

Buffalo Tank Company, Inc. is an Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certified manufacturer of above-ground storage tanks.Their tanks are used in industrial, farm, factory, chemical, petroleum and oilfield applications.

Their products are manufactured in the heart of Buffalo, TX with pride in workmanship and concern for quality and customer satisfaction. Specializing in 100 to 3,000 gallon tanks and custom, made-to-order sizes to fit your specific need. Whether you need one tank or several hundred tanks, they consider you a valued customer and will do their best to satisfy your needs.

Inquiries are welcome by phone (903) 322-4153, fax (903) 322-3542, email at tanks@buffalotank.com, or by mail at P.O.Box 506 Buffalo TX 75831. Or stop by for a visit at 219 Donie Road, Buffalo, TX, 75831 where “We build quality tanks.....not just tanks!”

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