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City Council Tackles Special Agenda

CITY COUNCIL -- Buffalo City Council Members Martin Housler, Dorothy Farmer, Mayor Royce Dawkins, Dianne Ryder, Travis Crowder, and Glenn Hightower.

Members of the Buffalo City Council met Monday, August 15th, for a special called meeting. All members were present. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

Buffalo Chamber of Commerce President Phillip Bounds asked the council to permit alcohol in Harriman Park on September 16th for the Chili Cook Off which is scheduled to begin that day, one day before the Buffalo Stampede. Bounds said that he hopes more cooks will enter the contest.

Bounds also said that Buffalo?s Parthena Van Wey Moore has committed to paying half of the cost of the insurance needed for the event. ?The chamber will pay the other half,? said Bounds. The council approved the request, so alcohol will be permitted from 5pm to midnight inside the park during the Chili Cook Off.

The board discussed a list of streets that are in need of repair. Bids were opened for the street projects, and the board voted in favor Larry Young Paving for work needed on North Center Street from Main to LeGalley. Young?s bid was for $35,191. Other streets that were discussed needing repairs were Chatham Street, Shady Oak, and Autumn Street.

Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shane Reeder and Assistant Fire Chief Robbie Boettcher addressed the council to remind them to include funds in the next year?s budget for the purchase of new fire trucks. ?We need a rescue truck and a ladder truck,? but currently we know there are not enough funds for that. We are just asking for replacement funds to be added to the budget each year to help us get the equipment we need.?

Boettcher explained that to keep an acceptable safety for insurance purposes equipment must be upgraded. ?Training for volunteers also help our ratings, and that is another expense.? Boettcher also said that he applies for a grant each year for a ladder truck and one year they could get that. ?If we were able to get a grant, we wouldn?t ask the city for funds.?

Reeder also said that he hopes more tickets will be sold for the pick up the fire department is raffling. Profit from this raffle will all go to help the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department.

The rest of the meeting was spent working on the budget for the upcoming year which will begin in October. One of the agenda items was to set the proposed property tax rate. However, council members decided to spend more time considering the budget and wait and set the proposed rate at their regular council meeting that will be held August 22nd. A public hearing date will also be determined when the proposed tax rate is set.