Special Called City Council Meeting

The Buffalo City Council held a special called meeting on Monday, September 16th. All council members were present. Buffalo Mayor Jerrod Jones presided.

Prior to the meeting there was a public hearing held on the proposed 2019 Tax Rate. No member of the public commented or expressed concerns.

A second public hearing was held concerning the Buffalo Comprehensive Plan. No member of the public commented or expressed concerns.

In the special called meeting, the council went into a brief closed session to discuss the Wastewater Treatment Plant. No action was taken on this matter.

A second item scheduled for closed session was moved to the open session which concerned a complaint or charge against the Police Chief. The council decided to table the issue while the matter was still being investigated.

In other concerns, the council voted to authorize the mayor to apply for a Texas Department of Agriculture, Downtown Revitalization Program Grant and to designate the mayor the city?s authorized representative. All voted in favor.

The designation of the boundaries of the Downtown District and the declaration of the area?s infrastructure as Slum/Blighted was approved. The area that will be called the Downtown District are the four city blocks starting at Mickey?s Pizza and ending with the First Baptist Church, and extending south to include the Lyon?s Hotel and the two sections of property between the railroad and Highway 79 across from the two blocks of commercial buildings.

Council member Martin Housler said he would like to see a committee appointed by the council to help with the Revitalization Plans if the Buffalo Comprehensive Plan is adopted at the regular city council meeting. Most other council members agreed.