The Buffalo City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday, approved a recommendation of Mayor Skip Hancock to give all City employees a year-end or Christmas bonus.
As approved, City employees that have worked more than six months for the city will get a $200 bonus, and those with less than six months with the city will receive $100.
Hancock said there was money in the budget and that City employees had to absorb an increase in their healthcare premiums, so this was a small way of saying thank you. All council members agreed and voted for the bonuses.
In other Council business, patrolman Casey Farris took his Oath of Office.
The Council approved a request from the Buffalo Senior Center to replace outdated lights and ballasts in the City-owned building. Approved was a bid from City Electric for just over $6,700 for work and materials. Funding for the project will come from the building maintenance fund.
Also approved were the Mayor's appointments to various boards and commissions. Patty Reid was appointed to the Main Street Commission and the Parks Board. Michael Quast and Kevin Michelena were appointed to the Parks Board, and Alan Vogt was approved for the Planning and Zoning Board.
Dave Larsen addressed the Council about snow piles obstructing the view at an alleyway adjacent to a local business, and the Council said they would talk to the business owner about options for the plowed snow.
A lot split was approved by the Council, and Johnson County School District Superintendent Rod Kessler gave a presentation about the possibility of a new 3rd, 4th and 5th grade school being built in Buffalo in the very near future. So far nothing is set in stone, but the State, Kessler said, is looking at the feasibility.