COVID-19 City Information
Updated March 26, 10:25AM; March 25, 2020, 3:30PM
*The Governor has ordered closure of all non-essential activities from March 27th-April 10th. Essential City services will remain available. Rest assured your police and fire safety crews, as well as core utility services like your clean water, sewer and electric provided through the City will be maintained. Listed below is further information about local services and links to other resources. Thank you and stay well!
COVID-19 Virus – City Services Plan for Residents
City of Buffalo is shifting to essential services plan amid COVID-19 – additional adjustments have been made for the Stay at Home order issued from March 27-April 10
The world health community continues to monitor COVID 19 spread. We urge you to go to the following web sites for the latest information on the COVID-19 virus:
Minnesota Department of Health: www.health.state.mn.us
Buffalo Local Business Information
The Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce has been tracking information about which businesses are open, closed and/or making adjustments due to the COVID situation. Businesses deemed essential on the State’s list above have likely made adjustments to hours and service delivery if they have chosen to be open during the Stay at Home order. After following the link below to the Chamber’s website, scroll down to the first listing under their “Helpful Resources Regarding COVID-19” to find their list of updates on local businesses: https://www.buffalochamber.org/ .
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has also announced they are working on ways to help businesses including SBA loans, sales tax grace period and unemployment resources. Here is a link to their site where the latest information will be available as they develop and roll out these programs: https://mn.gov/deed/.
Allina Buffalo Hospital Information
Here is a link to where our local Buffalo Hospital is providing guidance to the community: https://www.allinahealth.org/coronavirus . Hospital staff also asked us to share with you the importance of social distancing, staying home if you are not feeling well, washing hands regularly, expressing gratitude to care providers, and being good neighbors including helping elderly folks who may benefit from assistance with picking up groceries/supplies for them. Call your neighbors to see what they could use help with. The Hospital is also working on opportunities to give blood as this will be an ongoing need. Please click on the link above to the Allina Health system where they will post instructions on how and where to donate when those opportunities are set up. They have also provided instructions on how to make and donate masks if you are able to do so.
City of Buffalo Services Information
The City of Buffalo Council and Staff work closely with the State of Minnesota in monitoring the status of the COVID-19 virus in our State. We take information and direction regarding the status of COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health, including service delivery during the Stay at Home order issued for the State of Minnesota between March 27th-April 10th.
The City of Buffalo is transitioning within its community health emergency plan to the delivery of only essential services and minimizing direct person-to-person contact. This is a continuity measure to allow the continuation of essential public services by reducing potential direct contact with employees carrying out services. More information about the existing City Plan for operations under different levels of pandemic response can be found here: City Planning for COVID Response – March 16, 2020 Presentation.
Most City offices have been closed to the general public for in-person interaction until further notice. The City will continue to perform essential services and employees will be available by telephone and email during the facilities closure. The City asks for the public’s patience and understanding of this action.
We ask residents to refer to the following information and contact the City Center with questions:
Buffalo Airport – A/D Building
The airport is open for flying and Airport Manager Chris Fredrick will continue to be at his office during normal business hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. The A/D Building at the airport that is used by many non-profits for their monthly meetings will be CLOSED until further notice as a meeting space. Please contact 763.682.0296 with any questions that you may have.
Buffalo Wine & Spirits
Until further notice, Buffalo Wine & Spirits will only operate one location at a time. Customers will be limited to 10 at one time within the store. The Highway 55 store will be open daily from 9:00am-8:00pm thru Saturday, March 28th. Starting Sunday, March 29th, the Downtown Wine & Spirits store will be the one open. The schedule for the following weeks will be announced ASAP. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times.
Please check out our website https://www.buffalowineandspirits.com/ for more information on our stores.
All Open Skating and Hockey are CANCELLED until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. The Civic Center will also be closed for any type of meeting that may have been scheduled. For more information please contact Lee Ryan at 763-682-4132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website at: https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/civic-center/
Parks & Trails
DO NOT USE EQUIPMENT
While our Parks and Trails remain open for residents to enjoy the outdoor air, shared surfaces should not be utilized at this time. Playgrounds, benches and other amenities are closed for the time being and should not be used to avoid multiple persons touching the same surfaces. While utilizing our parks and trails, please remember to distance yourself from other users and refrain from other activities that may contribute to spread of the virus. Thank you for understanding.
Spring Clean-Up Days
The Spring Clean-Up Days that were schedule in April have been postponed until further notice. Thank you for understanding.
Due to the high-risk category many of our Community Center patrons are in regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Community Center will be closed for the remainder of March and April.
There will be NO EVENTS taking place at the Community Center, including the congregate dining program and any after-hour events.
Catholic Charities is providing frozen meals to Meals on Wheels clients who want them; Community Center staff and volunteers are delivering up to 10 frozen meals at a time to our clients every two weeks. For Community Center questions please contact the department by phone at 763-682-6036 or online at: https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/community-center-2/
Bison Fishing Forever has made the difficult decision to cancel the fundraising banquet scheduled for May 2nd; we will be monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 virus to determine whether or not to begin our season as scheduled.
Great River Regional Library – Buffalo Branch
From Executive Director Karen Pundsack: “Our management team met on Monday, March 16, 2020 and made the decision to close our libraries starting at 6 p.m. today through the end of the March”. For more information and updates beyond the end of March, please visit the library website at: https://griver.org/locations/buffalo
Wild Marsh Grill – Wild Marsh Golf Course
Due to Emergency Executive Order 20-04: Providing for Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation that Governor Walz instituted on March 16, 2020 Wild Marsh Grill & Golf Course will be closed until further notice.
City Center Services
CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS
Staff of the City Center will be working and will continue to provide services via phone and email during the building closure. During the Stay at Home order, many staff are working from home and departments with multiple staff members are taking shifts to avoid direct interaction with each other. Please call 763-682-1181 with any questions. The City Center can also be reached by emailing email@example.com .
Building and Permitting Department
Residents, contractors, and those seeking permits or inspections should contact the department by phone at 763-682-1181. Some delays and other inconveniences may be unavoidable, but we thank you for
Permit forms and more information about the Building Department can be found online at: https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/building-information/
Planning, Zoning and Development
For information on planning applications, codes/ordinances, development inquiries and related topics, please call City Hall 763-682-1181, email Jennifer Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/development-services/. Many flyers are available on the City website for things like fences, sheds, driveways and other items at this link https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/online-forms/ , and completed forms can be emailed for processing to the main City mailbox at email@example.com
The April Planning Commission meeting has been canceled. The plan is to move agenda items to the May 11th meeting agenda.
To report a complaint that requires code enforcement, please call 763-682-1181 or email Tony Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org
The April regular council meetings have been cancelled. If a meeting is needed in the month of April, notice will be provided as required by State law, and video/phone conferencing may be utilized as needed.
Water and Electric Utilities
Buffalo Municipal Utilities is also continuing operations with limited crews distancing themselves from each other, using separate equipment and limiting interactions. Facilities are also closed to public access. To reach Buffalo Municipal Utilities for a water or electric matter, please call 763-682-1001. Additional information is available at: https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/utility-services/ . Shutoffs of utilities are being put on hold while the crisis in underway.
Administration and Finance
The City is continuing to operate its administrative and finance functions to keep City services operational for the community, although staff that can work from home will be doing so. Please contact Buffalo City Hall at 763-682-1181 or contact finance at: https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/finance/
Streets, Storm Water, and Sanitary Sewer
Buffalo Public Works is continuing operations to maintain essential utilities with limited crews distancing themselves from each other, using separate equipment and limiting interactions. Facilities are also closed to public access. For matters related to streets, storm water, or sanitary sewer service check out our website for more information at: https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/public-works/ or contact Buffalo City Hall at 763-682-1181.
The Buffalo Police Department will continue to provide 24/7 service. In an emergency call 911. For non-emergency needs or questions, call 763-682-5976. The Buffalo Police Department lobby will be closed. For questions regarding obtaining reports, gun permits, etc., please call 763-682-5976 and someone will assist you.
Fire, Emergency Response, and Medical Response
If you have a fire or medical emergency, call 911. The Buffalo Fire and Rescue Department continues to be fully staffed and operating under normal protocols without interruption.
March 13, 2020 – 2:30PM
Visitors are encouraged to conduct City business online or by phone to reduce the risks associated with COVID 19 Virus
You can pay bills, apply for permits, or discuss City business with staff by the following methods:
• City of Buffalo website at https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/
Click Contact Us or dropdown tab for services such as Utility Billing or Apply for a Permit
• General Info Call 763-682-1181
• Utility Billing Call 763-682-1001
If entering the City Center please keep at least six feet away from other people
Residents interested in attending the City Council meeting are encouraged to watch livestream on the following link:
March 12, 2020 – 4:57PM
The City of Buffalo Council and Staff work closely with the State of Minnesota in monitoring the status of the COVID-19 virus in our State. We will take information and direction regarding the status of COVD-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health. Our actions will be predicated on the three phases of Pandemic Mitigations: Containment, Community Mitigation, and Pandemic Management. We will keep you informed through postings on this Web site.