Notices
Plattes Valley project bid notice
May 06, 2020
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2015 tax brochure
Dec 30, 2015
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Special meeting - CapX
Feb 26, 2015
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Notice of TOB meetings
Jan 28, 2015
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Report of caucus
Jan 28, 2015
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Welcome To The Town Of Buffalo 

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                DENNIS MICHAEL SEMLING                1960 - 2021

                       TOWN OF BUFFALO                                              BOARD SUPERVISOR                                     1997 - 2021               

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, theTown of Buffalo lost a good friend and dedicated worker for improvement of the town and its citizens. Dennis will be greatly missed and forever remembered.

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THE ABCs OF TOWN GOVERNMENT

 

#6 AUGUST, 2021, TOWN GOVERNANCE (PART B)

Qualified electors exercise town legislation authority with the "annual town meeting" (Wis.Stat.s.60.11(2)(a) scheduled each year on the 3rd Tuesday of April.  Electors also can call for a "special town meeting" following procedure set forth in Wis.Stat.s.60.12. The town meeting should not be confused with a meeting of the town board supervisors, which is the town's elected governing body.  The powers of electors at the annual or special meeting are of three types: Direct powers, e.g. raise money, Directives to town board, such as set the tax levy, Authorizations to town board to appropriate money for specific purposes such as rural numbering system, cemetery improvement, etc. The annual meeting is very important because, in addition to statutory directives, it is the one time (along with a legally called special meeting) that qualified electors can choose to be fully participant in discussion with the town board regarding town business. In other words, it is simliar to a public forum. Any elector may bring up an issue and make a motion for which the town has statutory authority (Wis.Stat.s.60.10)

 

ALERT:  There are reports of rattlesnake sightings in our area. Advise caution if working in yard or garden, walking, etc.  Some have asked about who to call if a snake is "hanging around" your house, yard, etc. Call Buffalo County DNR agent, Bob Jumbeck 608.797.1926

 

ANNOUNCEMENT;  The Town of Buffalo Board is seeking local residents willing to serve on an exploratory committee to assess the options for making telecommunication services (broadband or broadband alternatives) more available to all town residents.  If interested, please contact one of the town supervisors, Claire Waters, Chris Drazkowski or Steve James.

 

The TOB Town Hall is again available for rental purposes, depending on dates and with certain conditions, limitations applied. Contact Claire Waters for availability and details. 

 

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.

 

UPDATE ON FLOOD DAMAGE:  Following the July 2017 storm, the Town of Buffalo submitted a flood damage report that included 13 specific projects that needed to be addressed with maintenance or repair.  FEMA approved a reimbursement of $105,728 and the State an additional $17,621 plus $6,167 for administration costs for a total of $129,516 or approximately 80% of the related costs. The project has been closed since December 31, 2019. We are still waiting for the $6,167 of state reimbursement for administration costs (We are not alone in waiting for FEMA promised funds. The county  and several area towns are in same situation.) We just received word that, because of Covid caused issues,  it could be as late as October, 2021 before we receive the final FEMA payment.

 

The new fire/address signage (sign,post,brackets and install) cost approximately $40 each. Buffalo County is paying one-half and Town of Buffalo (using CAPX funds) is paying one-half so residents will have no fee assessment for the replacement signs.  Residents are responsible for care and maintenance of the signs. Please be aware that sign placement is determined by Buffalo County Zoning guidelines following emergency response directives.

 

There have been some questions about the new fire station (Officially it is the Ft. City Public Safety Bldg) now in construction.  In June 2019, our town and each of the other muncipalities that form the Fountain City Fire Assn., made a commitment of up to $200,000 toward the development of the new fire station.  As of July 21, our town will have made payments of $175,000 ($87,500 each from the town and CAPX). Fortunately, we have been able to do this without borrowing funds and/or adding special tax assessments but it will be a strain on the town budget.  Donations of any amount are encouraged and very welcome as each dollar will potentially help with this significant commitment. Donations can be made to the Ft. City Fire Assn or to the Town of Buffalo. We thank several local residents/businesses who have made donations.

 

You may have heard, or read, about funds coming to local muncipalities (cities, towns, villages) by way of the March, 2021, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA set aside $2.5 billion for the State of Wisconsin with $411.6 million designated for non-entitlement units (NEUs) defined as municipalities with less than 50,000 people. There is a published chart that indicates the Town of Buffalo would qualify for approxmately $72,000. On June 25, the town received the first payment of just over $36,000. The 2nd payment of equal amount is scheduled for one year. We know that the funds were(are) intended for Covid19 related response but specifics are still unclear so the funds have been placed in a separate account pending the board plan for disbursement as per guidelines.We know it is likely that we will not be able to use the funds for usual/common town business nor can we reduce tax/or debt obligations however, there is a formula that will allow an amount  toward government services  as "replacement of lost public revenue." The Towns Assn promises guidance for us in this - so far they advise patience as we will have over three years to "obligate" the funds and 5 years to complete any projects that are funded by the money. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


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