The Buffalo City Council, at last night's meeting, approved Resolution 1327, which will allow City Planner Zach Montgomery to submit grant applications for the proposed sports complex.
The discussions regarding the grant application were heated and the council's vote was split before Mayor Randy Dyess cast the deciding vote.
Councilman Bruce Hepp argued that the State Lands and Investments Board, or SLIB, would look negatively on the grant application for the infrastructure improvements if the application for the consensus grant for the sports complex was sent at the same time.
City Planner Zach Montgomery told the council he had spoken to representatives at SLIB and they looked favorably on consensus projects like the sports complex and the infrastructure improvements in the city's SW Quadrant.
The council continued arguing their differing points until the vote was called for, resulting in Councilmen Hepp and Russ Humphrey voting against the Resolution, and Councilmen Stan Lakin and Bill Hawley voting for it. The mayor cast his vote in favor of Resolution 1327. Resolution 1328 was tabled until the next council meeting September 6.