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 13 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. As of the end of July, 2019 (24 months post flooding), FEMA has approved a reimbursement of $105,728 and the State an additional $17,621 plus $6,167 for administration costs. This is a total of $129,516 Fed/State reimbursement related to the flooding project. Our adjusted estimate for the total cost of the project (actual to date plus projected misc. costs) is $161,455 so Fed/State reimbursement will be 80% of actual cost of the storm related project.
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.
There is an additional telephone scam that indicates there is a problem with your Social Security Number and you MUST call a return number immediately - Ignore this call. Hang up or indicate you are calling the sheriff.
Rental use of the town hall facility has increased significantly this year. Available dates (especially on weekends) are filling up several months in advance. If you are considering use of the hall please contact Claire Waters well in advance for open availability.
We are sometimes asked about the availability of the park restrooms. The restrooms are on a time-lock system which unlocks the doors at 8 A.M. and re-locks them at 8 P.M. during the course of the summer season. Leaving the doors unlocked outside of those hours tends to invite vandalism and other inappropriate activity in the restrooms.
REMINDER: If you intend to use some fireworks please be aware that a permit (for legal type)is required. Call 608 687 7591 to obtain a permit. No fees are required. No fireworks are allowed in the town park! (We have had a couple of these in the last fews days. The sheriff was notified and security tapes are being reviewed.)
Please note that the water at the town hall and the park has been tested by the county as per requirement and deemed biologically safe to drink. Specifc details of the testing and results have been posted at both sites.
ALERT: Conditions are prime again for Timber Rattlesnake activity. Remember, these creatures are a protected species. Also, have accounts of aggressive bees and wasps, including ground nests. Enjoy these nice days but be alert.
In a few weeks, likely late Sept. or Oct., Town of Buffalo residents will begin to receive new address/fire signs and posts (current red replaced with blue flag style) If you want to keep the old sign put a piece of duct (or similar) tape around the post and the installers will leave it rather than haul off site. All signs will be replaced and those hauled away will temporarily be kept at the recycle site.
The new 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.
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.