Buffalo's City Council, at last week's meeting, approved Resolution No.1322, amending the current year's budget to allocate funds to the Frankovic Trust to settle a disagreement over a street project on Lucas Street.
The settlement is for $195,220 from money the city received from the sale of city-owned lots on Hart Street.
The original amount sought by the Frankovic Trust was $435,000 according to Mayor Randy Dyess, but he and councilman Bruce Hepp negotiated on behalf of the city and reduced the settlement to its current amount.
The Frankovic Trust had filed suit against the City of Buffalo, claiming loss of property values on lands they own on Lucas Street due to drainage and other issues stemming from the raising, realignment and re-paving of the street by the city a few years ago. This settlement resolves the issue.
After the city council approved the Resolution, Hepp asked if he could address the public.
Hepp also suggested that all city employees take it upon themselves to make sure these types of problems don't arise in the future.