Nursing Home Coming to Buffalo

Members of the Buffalo City Council met Monday, April 23rd, for their regular monthly meeting. All were present except Council Person Jerry Salazar. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

Ken Jones, Executive Director of the Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) reported to the council that he and the mayor had recently had a final meeting with the owners and the builders of the new nursing home. ?Work will start soon on this new facility,? said Jones, ?the target date for completion is June 1st, 2019.?

The new nursing home will be built across the street from Walters? Funeral Home. The building will be 41,000 square feet in size and will have 90 beds. About 80 full time jobs will be needed and some part time positions.

The board accepted the Quarterly Report from the BEDC as presented by Jones.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing changes to policy that was first introduced by Council Person Martin Housler at the last meeting. Since the last meeting, a workshop was held for members to discuss and evaluate the changes. Jerry Nowlin, the city attorney was to write a resolution for the changes to be considered at the April meeting.

The council voted to approved the policy regarding implementation of the agenda. The mayor and also any council member can place items on the agenda. The item must be brought to the city secretary at least 4 days prior to the posting of the agenda.

The item concerning the policy for Accounts Payable was tabled after a lengthy discussion until a policy can be added concerning the process of making purchases.

Two other items, a policy for budget adjustments and a policy for appointment and approval of persons for committees, boards, commissions, staff, and council were both tabled. Nowlin said time did not allow for him to be able to prepare resolutions for all four items.

The board approved allowing the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce $15,000 from the hotel/motel tax fund account to be used to aid for the Buffalo Stampede. And the board approved $16,000 to the Bison Baseball Support Group for the Texas Teenage High School Eligible State Tournament to be held at the end of July.

Committee member Susan Wilder gave a report from the Advisory Committee on the upcoming public meeting to be held by the Texas A&M Target Team who are designing a plan for the future growth of Buffalo. The meeting will be held Monday, April 30th, in the Buffalo Civic Center beginning at 5:30. Food will be catered by The Pharm. Everyone is invited. The students want to hear input from the public.

An Interlocal Agreement for Animal Control between the cities of Buffalo and Jewett was approved.

Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka gave the monthly report from his department. There were 103 calls for assistance last month including 1 Deceased Person, a Assault Family Violence, 2 Burglary of a Habitation, and 1 Theft of a Firearm. There were 225 citations issued.

Pavelka said that automobile wrecks continue to occur too frequently. He cautioned motorists of the construction on Highway 79 between Buffalo and Oakwood.