Occasionaly, there is an issue or announcement related to town business that seems to rise to the need to make contact with as many citizens as possible. One timely way to do this is through email contact. If you are not on the town's contact email list and would like to be, please contact [email protected] This is used for emergency/important town business ONLY.
Thanks to CAPX funds commissioned by the CAPX Advisory Committee, our Town Hall area (inside & outside) and the park area are now monitored by motion sensing cameras. This is for the safety and security of our citizens who utilize the hall and park. Images are only viewed in the event of an activity or event which needs to be revisited such as vandelism, injury, etc. The cameras have already helped resolve two issues that otherwise we would have had no clue as to what took place.
UPDATE ON FLOOD DAMAGE: Following the July 2017 storm, the Town of Buffalo submitted a flood damage report that included 12 specific projects that needed to be addressed with maintenance or repair. Following notification that Buffalo County was granted disaster status by state and federal authorities, application was made to FEMA for funding assistance. Ultimately, our estimated project cost was set at $162,700.
As of the end of September (14 months post flooding), FEMA has approved a reimbursement of $105,728 and the State an additional $17,621 for a total of $123,349. We anticipate an additional amount tied to administrative costs of $6,100. Our actual expenditures for storm related issues is not yet finalized but likely will be in excess of $160,000. This will means our reimbursement is approximately 80% of the storm related costs. We can/should be grateful for that level of assistence.
Pleased to report that the town has received the first FEMA check related to the 2017 storm/flood damage. It was for $67,226.64 and is the "federal share" of the first phase of the total project. We anticipate there may be as many as six (6) separate checks for a total of $129,516.30. Again, this total will represent 87.5%reimbursement of FEMA approved storm expenses. Our actual expenses will certainly exceed what FEMA approved (there remains some work to be done) but we are pleased with the reimbursement. Added note: On 12/3 the second FEMA check arrived and was for $44,917.78. We have now been reimbursed a total of $112,144.42 and anticipate an additional $17,372 in the near (hopefully) future.
PLEASE NOTE: As of October 19 the park restrooms have been winterized and closed for the Winter. They will reopen in May.
Following the budget public hearing on November 29, the Town Board adopted a budget for 2019 of $326,664 or a 1% decrease from the 2018 budget Citizens who wish to preview the detailed budget may do so BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact the town clerk, Lisa Braaten @ 715.495.4736 for an appointment.
2018 RE and personal property taxes are due no later than close of day on January 31, 2019. Again this year, the Town Board Supervisors have arranged for specific days and times at the town hall for citizens to make tax payments rather than by mail. Those times are:
Saturday, December 29, 9:00 AM to noon
Saturday, January 12, 9:00 AM to noon
Tuesday, January 22, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 31, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
No appointment necessary just stop in to make your payment.
FYI - The Buffalo County Sheriff has issued a county-wide alert regarding a re-emergence of a telephone scam known as the "Grandparent call." If you are a grandparent and receive a call from someone identifying as "your grandson/daughter" and makes a plea for money, be aware that it may be a fraudulent call. Ask for details only your grandchild would know and if it is an attempted scam, call the sheriff at 608 685 4433.
Guess what? Have a reunion, birthday party, graduation or just a plain ole family gathering? Are you aware the town hall is available for rent?
Full kitchen, RR facilities, air conditioning, plenty of tables & chairs, use of park. Special rate for multiple days
Contact Claire Waters at 687-8419 for details.