Buffalo City Councilor, Russ Humphrey, livened up a recent meeting during a verbal confrontation with a city official. Sheridan Media's Aaron Palmer has the story.
At Tuesday's Buffalo City Council meeting, there was more confrontation between a member of the council and a city department head, this time over a letter to the editor submitted by the wife of the department head.
City Planner Zach Montgomery's wife submitted the letter that was published in the June 27th Buffalo Bulletin where she defended him and his actions concerning his position as planner, in response to some negative and harsh letters previously published in the paper.
Montgomery gave his written report to the council and asked if they had any questions of him, prompting Councilman Russ Humphrey to ask him to explain a portion of the letter that said grant money awarded to cities and counties was “free money.”
Humphrey argued that some of the grants require a local government match of some kind, so it isn't “free.”
Montgomery explained that there are grants that don't require a match and some that do, and there are grants that come solely from mineral royalties, but that each grant is a substantial savings for the local entity that may pay anywhere from zero to 50% of the total cost of the project depending on the type of grant.
He gave an example of the nearly $1 million Crazy Woman Square Project that the city and county each contributed $100,000 toward, saying it was quite a return on the local government's money.
Humphrey then asked Montgomery to explain his wife claiming that she had walked barefoot through the lush grass at the sports fields complex and he wanted to know where she found lush grass to walk barefoot in.
Mayor Randy Dyess stepped in at this point, saying Montgomery did not have to answer for his wife.
Humphrey shifted his questions to the work being performed on the Margo's pottery building, asking Montgomery how much that project was costing the city.
Montgomery explained to Humphrey that the second mural project (now underway with stucco being applied on the wall) has already been funded through the grant as part of the Crazy Woman Square project and funding has been carried over from previous years.