Tuesday evening's Buffalo City Council meeting was beginning to look like it would be the first meeting in months that would end without a verbal melee between council members and department heads.
This time it was a councilman questioning the mayor.
Mayor Randy Dyess had just announced we would be heading to a meeting in Cheyenne on the regional “Haze Meetings,” to speak in opposition to new legislation the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that will close down coal-fired power plants and could potentially raise electric bills for people in Buffalo and the State by four or five times their current rates by some estimates, he said.
Councilman Russ Humphrey then asked who would be paying for him to fly to Cheyenne.
Mayor Dyess owns an airplane that he uses for these trips, and he explained how the city reimburses his travel expenses.
Humphrey then asked who paid for the insurance on the plane which the mayor responded “I do.”
Humphrey then brought up that the mayor has gone to numerous meetings such as NEWY and others and flown there and he wanted to know who paid for those trips, which the mayor said those organizations or the city had reimbursed him for the fuel.
Humphrey then responded to Councilmen Stan Lakin and Bill Hawley who were listening to the exchange and then they commented.
All expense receipts from the mayor's trips have been turned in to City Clerk Julie Silbernagel and can all be accounted for, which Humphrey was invited to inspect.