Teri Lachermeier - Mayor
Teri Lachermeier, Mayor
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I come to you the community of Buffalo with gratitude in my heart. Without the wonderful people who live here and invest in our great city this would not be possible. A great thank you to our city staff who hold it all together, our council and our city board members as well. Here is a recap of the 2022 State of the City Address.
A community where excellence and opportunity come together.
The City of Buffalo strives to provide superior services and a safe environment to live, work & play. The City and its stakeholders will meet the changing needs of the community through innovation and collaboration.
City Council Core Strategies:
- Foster welcoming culture of engaged & active citizens
- Maintain & Improve Public Infrastructure
- Maintain Fiscal Responsibility
- Provide a Safe, Secure & Healthy Community
- Provide Planned & Sustainable Growth
- Provide a Supportive & Balanced Business Environment
- Continue to be a Collaborative, Inclusive & High Functioning Team
- Continue Evolving the Quality of Life for the City of Buffalo’s Diverse Needs
Street Projects Undeway:
- Dague Avenue Reconstruction
- $6 Million in Federal & Municipal State Aid to Greenbriar Development & BHM School District
- CSAH 35 & Dague Ave Roundabout County Highway Department Project with City Funding Assistance
Future Street Projects:
- TH 25 reconstruction from Downtown Commons to Settlers Parkway with estimated cost of $9 Million. Federal Funds Grant Request of $5,785,000
- Ryans Way Extension to 1st St NE with estimated cost of $3 Million and a Federal Funds Grant Request of $2.4 Million
- Annual Street Maintenance Budget of $500,000
Standard & Poor's Upgrades the City of Buffalo's Bond Rating:
The City of Buffalo was upgraded to an “AA-“ S & P Rating. The report indicates stable outlook of the city’s credit. Factors include: Continued growth in economic indicators, Relief within the Golf Fund and continued action to address the Civic Center, Maintaining stable reserves at strong levels, Strong financial management, and Rapid amortization on our elevated debt levels (compared to medians).
City Facilities Plan:
There are several City buildings such as City Center, the old Fire Hall, the Police station, and the Community Center that are aging and do not meet our current and future staffing, storage, and parking needs. Requests for Proposal’s were sent out late 2021 for plans to upgrade and renovate these buildings. BKV Group was selected to develop building plans, budgets, and phased implementation. A final report is expected late 2022 or early 2023.
The City of Buffalo launched a new website through Civic Plus. The updated design includes Navigation Menu, Graphic Buttons, News Spotlights, Department Calendars and Events, Alerts and Subscriber Notifications. The website team continues to update and improve content to better serve and inform our citizens.
The Parks & Recreation Department has gone through reorganization with staff additions. This Department is responsible for:
- 5 Regional Parks & 25 Neighborhood Parks and Miles of Trails
- Community Center
- Civic Center
Utilities Departments: Electric, Water, Water Reclamation & Fiber
Our mission is to provide Community-owned utilities with reliable, quality power, water, water reclamation and fiber services at competitive rates with our high level of customer service that will generate income that we can return to our own community, sustain our infrastructure, and continually improve our superior services.
Buffalo Fiber Expansion & Growth
- Establish Internet services for the underserved and unserved in our area.
- Vision to provide Community Owned Fiber, Local Control, Economic Development and Local Customer Service.
- Clarity in providing Fiber to our Businesses, Homes and the unserved in our area.
- Impacts include Internet Competitiveness, Revenue returned to our community, make our city a desirable place to move and provide Superior Fiber Technology.
- Community Change in a sustaining utility, education excellence and technology advancements.
Community Planning & Economic Development Update:
- Developments under construction are: Misty Meadows 3rd addition with 26 homes, Whispering Winds 5th addition with 11 homes, Green Briar 5th & 6th additions with 30 homes, and Crossings at Willems Way with 62 units.
- Green Briar 7th addition is approved with 61 homes coming.
- Proposed developments include The Preserve at Lake Constance, Bjorklund Property, Buffalo Lake Villas and Settlers Commons.
- In 2021 there were 78 new single family home permits issued versus 85 in 2020
- A total of 193 building permits issued this year a $10.59 million value versus 289 2020 totaling $7.75 million in value. These permits include remodels, reroofs, additions, mechanical and misc. permits.
- Permit demand grows despite rising costs and supply chain concerns.
Your Mayor, Teri Lachermeier
Commercial Highlights Highways 55 & 25 Corridors:
- Coborn’s Grocery opened November 2021
- Caribou Cabin opened September 2021
- Dunkin’ Donuts Started Construction
- Wright County Human Services building was sold
- Wright County Government Center is now fully occupied.
Commercial Highlights Downtown Buffalo:
- New Businesses include Lakeview Nutrition & Cuddigan Leather.
- New Ownership of Forget Me Not Café, J’s Down Und’r and A Wreath of Franklin.
- OutDoWork Suites is almost fully leased.
- Wright County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the City of Buffalo Council & Staff have developed a task force to plan the redevelopment of the old Government Center property.
- Small Cities Development Program rehab grant was awarded to the city by MN DEED to update commercial buildings along with some residential homes. This program is currently underway.