NOTICE: Pursuant to the Gov. Emergency Order#94 (Nov. 10) the Town of Buffalo meeting schedule is being adjusted.
The Nov. 24 CAPX mtg. is cancelled - Next mtg. is January 2021
The Nov. 24 Budget Public Hearing is cancelled and re-issued as a personal phone call or email contact to board members for questions, comments, etc. Also, an appointment can be made with the Town Clerk/Treasurer @ 715.495.4736 to review the budget and, if desired, leave written comment about the budget.
The Nov. 24 TOB Board Supervisors mtg. is still scheduled and under Covid safety rules. Following legal advice, the TOB Board is asking citizens to opt not to attend the 11/24 board meeting and, in advance, contact a board member with questions and/or concerns. The board meeting will address a limited agenda (essential items).
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 certainconditions, limitations applied. Contact Claire Waters for availability and details.
ROUTE2RECOVERY Grant: Several weeks ago, the town was informed that a Covid related grant was available to towns for the purpose of recovering funds spent over budget for Covid issues. The Town of Buffalo was alloted an amount just over $11,400. Under the leadership of TOB Deputy Clerk, Dee Strom, the town is making application for the refund of the following expenses:
New touch-free voting machine
Hand blow dryers for the town hall restrooms
Extra election hours and materials (computer/paper/etc.) related to Covid response
Misc. sanitation and protective materials
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. The park water will be tested in the next few days.
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.)
If you have not received one of the new address/fire signs (blue replaced red), please contact one of the board supervisors. Buffalo County believes they have replaced all signs but we are not sure that is accurate and want to report any missing signs before being billed.
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 later 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.