Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess gave the annual State Of The City Address at a luncheon Wednesday, saying the state of the city is “good.”
After opening remarks on the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut and a prayer for them and to keep our area safe, Dyess gave a brief list of some of the accomplishments the city and it's staff have made in recent years to improve the city and make life better for its residents.
Accomplishments he listed included becoming a Certified Main Street City; the soon to be completed Crazy Woman Square and Sports Fields Complex redesigns; the 18-inch water line from the treatment plant to town; and the high-pressure water line to the new Cloud Peak School and the other existing schools on South Burritt Street; and upcoming projects like the NW Water Line Project; raw water line upgrades; and the Burritt Street reconstruction on old High School Hill.
Looking to the future, he said he wants to ask the council to begin setting aside money in a Capital Construction Fund to help with future infrastructure needs. He also requested City Public Works Director Les Hook to complete a plan to begin renovating the city's alleyways.
Mayor Dyess said the city must look for new ways to promote Buffalo and the surrounding area, and given the area's many fine and performing artists, that may be Buffalo's “niche” to explore and expand on for the future.
Again, Mayor Dyess said the State Of The City of Buffalo is Good in 2013.