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.
PLEASE NOTE: As of October 19 the park restrooms have been winterized and closed for the Winter. They will reopen in May.
The Town Board has moved forward a proposed 2019 town budget of $321,708 which is 3% less than the 2018 budget. There are some numbers that remain to be determined so the final budget proposal may change. A public hearing for the 2019 budget is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:30 PM at the Town of Buffalo Hall.
A summary budget will be posted. Citizens who wish to preview the detailed budget prior to the public hearing may do so BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact the town clerk, Lisa Braaten @ 715.495.4736 for an appointment.
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.