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Next Street Repairs: LeGalley Street

New Buffalo City Hall / Civic Center is approximately 85% completed.

Buffalo City Council members met Monday, July 23rd, for their regular monthly meeting. All members were present except Jerry Salazar. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

The board approved work to be done on LeGalley Street from Josie Lane to Highway 75. Larry Young Paving Incorporated will make the repairs and improvements on this section of the road for $37,000.

While board members agreed that most streets in Buffalo are in need of repair and improvements, they determined the next three projects to be completed in the near future. Work will be done on Ray Street and on two sections of Main Street. A total of $150,000 had been earmarked for street repairs.

Approval was given to extend the contract with the Rodell Water System (RWS). The city supplies the water for RWS.

Ken Jones, BEDC Executive Director, delivered the quarterly report and it was approved. Jones also announced his retirement which will be effective at the end of this year. Jones described the process the BEDC board is pursuing in search of a replacement for his position. BEDC will make a recommendation to the city council for final approval, and Jones said that he is willing to aid and assist whomever takes the position for as long as needed.

?Buffalo is going to keep growing,? said Jones. ?It is BEDC?s job and the city council?s job to guide that growth.?

The post event report from the Tri-County Horseshoe Club was approved. Approval was also voted to allow the Tri-County Horseshoe Club $18,000 from the hotel/motel tax fund account to help with two more events they will host this year.

The agenda item to consider sewer line installment and funding for North Hill Street was met with no action.

The board approved the reimbursement of $2,850 to a city employee who used his own vehicle for work while the city?s vehicle was unavailable. The employee used his own vehicle from October 2017 to the end of June 2018.

The board discussed an Employee Reimbursement Policy for future concerns. This item was tabled.

GrantWorks was approved to be the city?s Administration Service Provider for 2019-2020 Texas Community Development Fund Application and Project Implementation. GrantWorks will apply for the grant that, if awarded to Buffalo, will bring $275,000 in funds to the city for water and sewer improvements. The city will be required to provide a 10% match for the funds. The application for the 2020 Grant is due in February 2019.

City Water Manager Tommy Reese reported on the progress of recent water line installations. Reese said the work is almost completed. Asked about the drought effect on the city?s water supply, Reese said that it is ?all good.? Council members thanked Reese and his crew for their dedication and hard work.

Mayor Dawkins reported on the progress of the new City Hall / Civic Center. The project is estimated to be 85% completed now. The current prediction is to be able to move into the new facilities by the end of August.