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Front Page January 29, 2013  RSS feed

Buffalo Council hears fire dept woes

By Mac Shadix


Buffalo City Council members (L-R) Dorothy Farmer, Jerry Salazar, Mayor Royce Dawkins, Dianne Ryder, Tim Ezell and Brent Reeder. Photo by Mac Shadix Buffalo City Council members (L-R) Dorothy Farmer, Jerry Salazar, Mayor Royce Dawkins, Dianne Ryder, Tim Ezell and Brent Reeder. Photo by Mac Shadix Fire Chief Shaine Reeder told the Buffalo City Council that the department needed a regular source of income and asked that the monthly utility billing include an option for donating to the fire department. Reeder said that the creation of the ESD that had promised to fund the area fire departments led to donations drying up, but was not producing any funds for the fire departments. A direct mail appeal raised a few thousand dollars, the chief said, but that was not enough. Recent fundraising events have not been very successful either, Reeder told the Council.

Meeting at the Buffalo Civic Center at 7 p.m. Monday January 28, the council agreed to add the option to utility bills beginning in March.

The talk at the meeting was of the loud booms that have been reported in and around Buffalo recently. Opinions are mixed about the source of the booms. Police Chief Lance Pavelka expressed the belief that they were sonic booms, but others referenced earthquakes and explosions.

The Council agreed to meet again on Monday February 18 at 7 p.m. to deal with issues concerning the takeover of the Rodell Water Corporation, the upcoming city elections and the Civic Center.

The extension of sewer service to the Turtle Creek area was approved, with the work to be done by the City crews. Material costs were pegged at $9840 for the service to 7-9 taps and the work was expected to take two to three days according to Mayor Royce Dawkins.


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