The Buffalo City Council, at Tuesdays meeting, approved Ordinance No. 1362 on third reading, lifting the existing moratorium on water sales to those outside the city limits.
But again, the Ordinance proved to be a contentious one with council members Russ Humphrey and Dave Long questioning its necessity.
Councilman Long wondered what liability the city would have if water was shut off to those users for any number of reasons, from drought conditions to contaminated water. He asked why the Ordinance has no safeguards for the city built into it.
The council discussed that issue further.
A number of those in attendance spoke on the matter. Kim Walgren said she was concerned about possible litigation the city may face from providing water outside the city limits and also wondered if getting water to the airport was a driving factor in the project.
City Attorney Ben Kirven, former City Attorney Dennis Kirven and Olin Turner all spoke in favor of lifting the moratorium, saying it will help offset costs to existing users and would have a positive effect on the city.
The council voted and passed the Ordinance on a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Humphrey the lone dissenting vote.