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City Council Hears Building Report

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE -- Architect and Project Manager for the new city hall, Billy Ballow reports to the city council on the construction.

Members of the Buffalo City Council met Monday, June 25th, for their regular monthly meeting. All were present. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

Architect and Project Manager Billy Ballow who is overseeing the construction of the new city hall/civic center gave a report on the progress of the new building to the council. According to Ballow, the construction has gone smoothly with no problems that created additional expense.

?This has been one of the smoothest projects I?ve had,? said Ballow. ?Everything has been within budget, and there is not much left to do.? The projected finish date for the new building is mid August.

Ballow agreed to schedule a walk through for the council so they could see the construction first hand and ask any questions. Ballow was asked about the bricks on the outside walls that have been stained red from rainwater on the red sand. Ballow said that the stains will be removed and grass planted close to the building to prevent a re-occurrence of the discoloration.

Martin Housler addressed the council in the public comments section of the meeting. Housler updated the council on his efforts to bring more medical facilities into Buffalo.

Buffalo Chief of Police Lance Pavelka reported to the council on the month?s activities in his department. Pavelka said that there had been 99 calls for service in the month with 25 incident reports and 84 field interviews. The department issued 294 citations.

Pavelka cautioned drivers on the road construction on Highway 79 between Oakwood and Buffalo. This construction will soon be completed, and then construction will start on the west side of Buffalo on Highway 79.

Buffalo Chamber of Commerce President Phillip Bounds asked the council to approve the Alcohol Plan for the Buffalo Stampede Dance that will be held in September. The council approved the request.

The council approved an ordinance to establish their financial policies and procedures. This is part of several ordinances the council has sought to clarify in order to have more consistency. The ordinance includes a procedure for purchases and also a review of auditors every five years.

Approval was given for an ordinance to establish hiring policies and procedures. Selecting an individual to fill a vacancy will be done by the department heads, but the selection must also be approved by the mayor and then presented before the council for final approval.

An ordinance to establish board and commission appointment policies and procedures was approved. These will also be subject to council approval. The ordinances were all debated by council members in a series of workshops.

The agenda item to consider reimbursement of an employee for use of his personal vehicle was tabled until the council receives the request in writing per instruction from the city attorney.

Miranda Harris of Grantworks, who has done many grant projects for the city, introduced new Project Manager Cesar Acosta to the council. Acosta will now be in charge of the grant writing for the city. The council approved a resolution to designate authorized signers for the 2015 Flood Allocation CDBG Disaster Recovery Program.

The council approved a resolution to give the mayor authority to sign deposit control agreements with Community National Bank and Citizens State Bank.

The council meets once a month on the fourth Monday of the month at the Senior Citizens at 6:00pm. Meetings are open to the public.