Buffalo Council Hands Off School

Buffalo Council Hands Off School

Buffalo's City Council, during their Tuesday meeting, approved the transfer of the old Clear Creek School building from the city to the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board.

Councilmen Russ Humphrey and Dave Long spoke of their many concerns ranging from a council vote that may contain a conflict of interest to the author of the transfer agreement to whether the city or the JPB would carry insurance on the building to costs involved with renovating the building and who would shoulder those costs.

Kaycee Mayor Tom Knapp, who is on the JPB as the Kaycee representative, spoke in favor of the transfer to the JPB, saying he wished the town would have had the option of letting the JPB run their community building, as it would be saving the town day-to-day operational costs.

Councilman Humphrey read a lengthy Letter to the Editor from Glenn Woods to a Gillette newspaper, cautioning local governments not to overspend and bankrupt their town like many other larger cities around the country.

Councilman Long wanted assurances from the JPB that if the city turned the building over to them, they would not approach the city for future funding, or he and Humphrey would like to see the city retain ownership of the building.

The vote ended with Councilmen Stan Lakin and Bill Hawley voting for the transfer and Councilman Long voting against.

Carrol Realty
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