The Buffalo City Council, at their meeting Tuesday night, approved Resolution No. 1328, authorizing submission of a grant application to the State Lands and Investments Board (SLIB) for infrastructure improvements to the SW Quadrant of Buffalo.
The grant is a mineral royalty capital construction account grant that will be a joint city/county/school district application for the improvements.
Councilman Bruce Hepp had concerns about drainage and stormwater runoff in the area of the schools on Burritt Avenue and asked if those problems had been looked into in the process of applying for the grant.
City Works Director Les Hook told Hepp the runoff would be diverted in numerous places and would not collect on Burritt Avenue and other streets but be directly fed into Cemetery Creek and other ditches and diversions in the area. More in-depth studies would be done, Hook said, in the design and development stages.
Proposed infrastructure improvements in the area include water and sewer line upgrades, curb, gutter and drainage, and the widening and resurfacing of a number of roads and streets.
The council voted to approve the grant application for the $8 million project. The grant is a 50/50 grant with the SLIB funding $4 million, if approved, and the city, county and school district contributing the other $4 million.