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Front Page August 29, 2017  RSS feed

Buffalo takes strong action to correct water quality problems

By Mac Shadix

The City of Buffalo and it’s residents got a bad report from the down hole camera inspection of their newest well. The visual inspection found cracks in the casing at about 236 feet. Holly Water Well Service which did the casing inspection for a cost of $5,750 offered to sleeve top the first 300 feet of the well with 7-inch pipe and pressure cement it in place for an additional $41,700.00. They also offered an option of Sonar jet cleaning of the total length of 6” screen (100 ft.) and airlift well to clean up. Mayor Royce Dawkins told the council that they needed to proceed with this repair while the well was still open from the inspection. Dawkins told the council that the $49,200 job would not have to be put out for bids because it was less than $50,000. After a discussion where Council persons Dianne Ryder and Glenn Hightower urged Mayor Dawkins to check the references of Holly Drilling before proceeding the council approved the project. Going farther, to attempt to solve the Buffalo water quality problem, the council approved the replacement of approximately 3500 feet of ancient and rusty cast iron pipe in the city. The cost of the replacement was given as $225,969. The funding for the waterline project and for the well repair is to come from the Water Works CD and the Ridley Block fund, monies currently in the bank. The total cost for the well repairs and the pipeline replacement and the Railroad St. sewer line replacement is estimated to be $381,277. These projects directly affect the health and well being of the residents of Buffalo and the need for action has reached a critical point.

If that wasn’t enough action for the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017, at the Senior Citizens Center, the council went further to collect the money to refill the Water Works coffers and to provide a resource for action when needed in the future. The council voted unanimously to raise the base water and sewer rates by $2.50 each for a total of five dollars a month. A modern and safe water and sewer system doesn’t come cheap these days and a delay to attempt to fund the projects from grants that might or might not come would just cause too long a wait for the citizens of Buffalo to get clean, clear, safe water.

A project to pave Humphries Street and Medical Drive were tabled after a discussion of conflicts with upcoming construction on the anticipated nursing home and pipeline repairs.

The dates of Sept. 5 at 5 pm and Sept. 11 at 6 pm were agreed on for Property Tax Rate public hearings.


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