Buffalo Special Meeting Erupts Into Verbal Melee

Buffalo City Council. From left: Bruce Hepp, Russ Humphrey, Randy Dyess, Stan Lakin, Bill Hawley and City Clerk Julie Silbernagel.
Buffalo City Council. From left: Bruce Hepp, Russ Humphrey, Randy Dyess, Stan Lakin, Bill Hawley and City Clerk Julie Silbernagel.

A verbal exchange between council members erupted at the Buffalo City Council's special meeting Tuesday night where they were to have a second reading for a franchise agreement with Advanced Communication Technology, or ACT to provide high speed fiber-optic service to the city.

Councilman Russ Humphrey wanted to go on record that he refused service on the meeting, meaning when notified of the special meeting, he wanted to go on record saying he believed the meeting was called improperly, according to his explanation at the meeting.

Humphrey told City Attorney Ben Kirven that he didn't understand why the special meeting had to be called, and Kirven countered that he had sent e-mails to all council members explaining that as originally set up, the third and final reading of the Ordinance would not occur until after the scheduled startup of construction by ACT, which required the council to convene the special meeting.

Discussions continued regarding Humphrey's concerns being recorded in the meeting journal, which all agreed would happen.

Councilman Bruce Hepp then asked Kirven about his experience with these types of agreements, which led to this exchange between himself and Councilman Bill Hawley.

The council voted to accept the Ordinance on second reading and adjourned from the meeting. The council members continued their verbal exchange as they left City Hall.

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