The Buffalo City Council, at their meeting Tuesday, voted to pay the bills from the Recycling Board for engineering and for a new heating system, but not before some heated exchanges between the council and the board.
Phil Gonzales, with the recycling board, approached the council with the requests to pay the city's half of the bills, $2,500 for the heating system and $2,037 for the engineering fees. He also made the request of the city to waive the building permit fees and the water and sewer tap fees on the new recycling center building.
Councilman Bruce Hepp explained his position to Gonzales.
After more discussions between the two, Gonzales said the city should not be charging the county for the water and sewer tap fees because the old taps will be decommissioned and new ones installed at the new building, essentially “trading” two taps for two others.
Hepp agreed with the assessment but said it was the first he had heard the old taps would be removed.
Finally, the council waived the tap fees, voted to pay their half of the bills, and tabled the issue with the building permit fee.