Ordinance No. 1347, which amended City code to adopt the Vision Buffalo Commission, was approved on third and final reading Tuesday night at their regular meeting.
Councilman Russ Humphrey asked why Councilman Bruce Hepp had been left off the Commission, as he had been part of the Buffalo Development Association, which the VBC has now become.
City Planner Zach Montgomery explained that because the Commission is just an advisory board, elected officials weren't normally part of the boards.
Former City Attorney Dennis Kirven, sitting in for City Attorney Ben Kirven, agreed with Montgomery, saying the recommendations of the various boards all have to come to the Council before any action can be taken, and that normally an elected official is not needed on the board, unless specifically required through their by-laws.
Jim Hicks, whose appointment to the Commission was approved by the Council, spoke to the Council and Hepp about the appointment process.
Mayor Randy Dyess told the Council he will have City Attorney Kirven look into the legalities of having Council members on the various boards and committees and bring the information back to the Council.
The Council voted 3-1 to pass the ordinance with Humphrey the lone vote against.