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City Council Meets

Council Members for the City of Buffalo met Monday, November 25th, for their regular monthly meeting. All members were there except Councilman Jerry Salazar. Buffalo Mayor Jerrod Jones presided.

Alan Grisham, popular Pastor of the First Baptist Church, addressed the council to express appreciation to the city, the fire department, and police department for their help at the recent annual Pumpkin' Patch event at the church. ?I know you hear criticisms rather than support at times,? said Grisham, ?but we could never do these events without your help and support, and I wanted to say 'thank you' for all you do.?

The council approved the request for $6,400 from BHS for the Varsity Boys Christmas Shootout Tournament. The funds are from the Motel/Hotel Tax Account and has been dispersed annually for this and similar events. The council again discussed the reduced amount of funds in the annual budget for such events due to other expenditures including the new city hall.

Council members approved a resolution to authorize filing an application with BVCOG for a 2020 Regional Solid Waste Grant. This is for the curb side pick up of otherwise hard to dispose of items that residents can set out for collection by the city.

Two agenda items for discussion of amending the water ordinance and the mobile home ordinance were both tabled with plans to hold a workshop to discuss further.

Approval was given for the purchase of a new police vehicle at a cost of $41,800.

Approval was given to pay the annual invoice for the Texas Coalition of Cities for Utilities issues at a cost of $79.

The council approved the collections by the municipal court for delinquent accounts. This will be at no cost to the city.

The council approved the re-appointment of directors whose terms had expired on the board of the Buffalo Economic Development Corporation. Current BEDC Board of Directors are Bobby Fishbeck, Russell Jonas, Larry Tatum, Mike Glick, Dianne Ryder, Susan Wilder, and Cindy Port.

Buffalo Chief of Police Lance Pavelka gave the monthly report on activities in his department. There were 82 citations issued and 83 calls for service that included 4 Assault Family Violence, 1 Stolen Vehicle, 1 Deadly Conduct, 1 Theft, and 1 Interfering with a Peace Officer.

?It was a busy month,? said Pavelka. ?And the scams, especially the scams using phone calls are increasing. These things work especially with the elderly.?

Pavelka encouraged people to warn elderly family members, friends, and neighbors to NOT give out social security numbers or bank account information to anyone who calls. These calls sound authentic, but they are scams, and people have lost their savings to these scams.

Residents are invited to attend the Christmas Tree lighting at 6:30 pm December 2nd. The tree is located on Highway 75 between the new City Hall and the Community National Bank.