The Buffalo City Council, at their meeting last week, approved a variance agreement to provide city water to a county resident on Fairgrounds Road.
Landowner Tim Carpenter approached the city to allow him the variance, as he is trying to refinance the property and needs the issue resolved.
The county had installed water taps in the street in front of the houses along the route in exchange for right-of-way easements from the landowners for a water line to the Johnson County Fairgrounds a few years ago, but it was up to each landowner to negotiate with the city to hook up to the taps and the city water line to the fairgrounds.
Although the county paid for the installation of the line, it belongs to the city and the city is responsible for maintenance and repairs.
The city, up to now, has maintained there would not be any hookups to the water line unless the landowners annexed into the city, which the landowners have not been in favor of doing. The fact is some of the landowners already have water and/or sewer hookups through previous negotiations.
Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess explained his position on the matter at the meeting.
After some discussion, the council approved the variance. City Attorney Ben Kirven will draft an agreement between Carpenter and the City.