THE ABCs OF TOWN GOVERNMENT
#1 A Town?
A town, like a city or village, is a local general purpose unit of government. Unlike a city or village, towns are unincorporated and have only those powers conferred by statute. a town can only implement functions specifically authorized by state law. All towns administer elections; conduct property tax assessment; ensure fire protection and ambulance service; provide for a recycling program; and maintain town roads. Many towns also choose to provide additional services as needed and possible, such as garbage collection, land use mgmt, special development projects, etc.
The Town of Buffalo is one of 1250 towns in the State of Wisconsin, is roughly 36 square miles and has 697 residents.
The Buffalo County Highway Dept. advised that, pursuant to section 349.16 of Wis.Statutes, seasonal weight restrictions will be imposed on certain county highways effective Monday, March 8, 2021. Please read postings for more details regarding the restrictions that normally remain in effect until mid-April.
The next election is Tuesday, April 6, 2021
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the Town of Buffalo held a caucus for the nomination of town officers for the two year term of 2021-2023. Nominees will be on the election ballot April 6, 2021 and are as follows: Town Board Chair: Steve James, Supervisor 1: Claire Waters, Supervisor 2: Dennis Semling, Constable: Donald Bittner
During TOB business meetings, board officers may remove face coverings in order to conduct business as long as social distance is maintained
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.
ROUTE2RECOVERY Grant: We are pleased that because of the work of our Clerk/Treasurer and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, we have received grant funds for approximately $12,600 toward expenses associated with Covid19. This included new election equipment, blow dryers in town hall restrooms, and other miscellaneous expenses.
TOWN HALL NEWS: New floors have been installed in the kitchen and storage room of the hall. Special thank you to Claire Waters and husband, Denny, for some nice improvements to kitchen. Also we received notice from Buffalo County Health Dept. that the town hall water was tested and found to be safe for drinking. Park well will be tested in the Spring.
Another new addition to the town hall is a nice bench outside purchased and installed by Donald Merchlewitz and family in memory of Louise Merchlewitz.
Appreciation also to Terry Duellman for helping us replace a worn-out flag and rotted rope at the hall.
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.
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.)
All of the new replacement (blue/white) signs that were missing have been reported and ordered.
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.
The Flyway Bike Trail is opening for biking/hiking. A grand opening celebration is being planned for this summer
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.
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.