City/County Engineer Moving Forward, Interviews Next

Buffalo City Council
Buffalo City Council

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Buffalo City Council removed from the table their motion to hire a joint City/County Engineer, after hearing public comments from a number of citizens both for and against the position and discussions between councilmembers.

Ron Williams had spoken out against the position recently, citing no cost savings or a need for the position. That had prompted the Council to table the motion at one of last month's meetings.

Tuesday, Williams again spoke against the position, but Lois Peterson, Frank Pratt and Jack Morey, himself an engineer, all spoke in favor of the position, saying there may not be immediate savings to the City or County, but another set of eyes on projects could minimize problems and litigation in the future.

After hearing from the Council, Williams said although he still felt there wasn't a need for the position, he appreciated the Council taking the extra time to look into the matter further and hoped they would put more time into their future decisions.

Buffalo City Planner Zach Montgomery explains what is next in the process.

The Interview Committee will consist of Montgomery, County Planner Rob Yingling, City Public Works Director Les Hook, County Road and Bridge Supervisor Scott Pehringer, County Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman, Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess and an engineer from WWC Engineering in Sheridan.

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