Buffalo Common Council Summary: Week of November 15, 2021

Buffalo Common Council Summary: Week of November 15, 2021

Date: November 19, 2021

By Johnny Qiu |
Each week, PPG summarizes important takeaways from the major Buffalo Common Council meetings. We also include information from Council meetings related to our Community Agenda items.

This week, the Common Council held four meetings. For this summary, we will focus on the Regular Meeting. The Regular Meeting is the Common Council's primary meeting, where they make official decisions on issues.

During the Regular Meeting, there was an opening prayer and memorials dedicated to the people who served in honor of Veteran’s Day. Councilmember Bollman recognized the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer's Association as November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. He spoke about the personal impacts of Alzheimer's on his family. Lauren from the Alzheimer's Association discussed the need for funding additional research and how the association can further educate and assist anyone who needs it. 

The Community Development Committee held a public hearing regarding the abandoned lot on Fosdick Avenue City Honors would like to purchase to build a field. Mayor Brown requested the completion of a traffic study before further discussion about the lot. The school board agreed to fund the study to address concerns residents have regarding the lot's purchase. Community members supported the school purchasing the abandoned lot to turn this into a field to open up for public use. The Common Council will recommit this for future meetings until the completion of the traffic study.

Regarding Buffalo Police and Fire Departments, there were approvals to replace and trade in old radios and renew the Peacemakers PAL Contract. In addition, the Council approved the Buffalo Firefighter Retirement Incentive Program for Injured Members. 

The Common Council discussed permission to enter into an agreement with Buffalo Public Schools (BPS). There was an agreement between the City of Buffalo and BPS to create more playgrounds communities can enjoy. Many community members and councilmembers spoke in support of the initiative.

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