Latest City Services Information During COVID-19

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Updated July 7, 2020, 1:15PM; June 23, 9:00AM; June 15, 3:30PM; May 28, 4:00PM; May 18, 3:15PM; May 15, 4:45PM; May 15, 9:00AM; May 13, 11:30AM; May 11, 9:15AM; May 1, 4:15PM; April 30, 4:55PM; April 27, 11:00AM; April 21, 9:00AM; April 16, 9:00AM; April 8, 3:45PM; April 7, 9:50AM; March 26, 10:25AM; March 25, 2020, 3:30PM

The latest orders from the Governor have been reopening some additional facilities and businesses under extra safety measures.  For the latest information and guidance from the Governor, please check out the Minnesota COVID 19 Response webpage.

COVID-19 Virus  – City Services Plan for Residents

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
CDC: www.cdc.gov

Buffalo Covid-19 Business Plan – Adopted June 2020

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 have likely made adjustments to hours and service delivery.  After following the link below to the Chamber’s website, scroll down to Business Update tab under their  COVID-19 information to find their list of updates on local businesses: https://www.buffalochamber.org/ .

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has also announced 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 is available for these programs: https://mn.gov/deed/.  Businesses and employees can also use this site to navigate which programs would be helpful to the many variations of individual circumstances that exist.  The business’s local banking institution is also a good place to start as some programs are process through the bank, and some are processed directly through State and Federal contacts.  Let City Staff know if we can help you sort through these programs as well: cityoffices@ci.buffalo.mn.us .

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.

Energy Bill Assistance

Wright County Community Action has made changes to their criteria for energy assistance to make it easier for families in need to qualify and apply for assistance. If you need extra help paying your energy bills at this difficult time, please check out www.wccaweb.com for further information and to download an application.

 

 

 

The City Center at 212 Central Ave is now open to the public

Thank you to members of the Buffalo community for your patience during the time the doors to the City Center were required to be closed to the public. We have been able to find solutions for most services handled through this office that allow for processing through our website and by email, and we also work with many residents and other customers over the phone. While we still have these opportunities available for everyone and encourage them where possible for convenience and safety, the doors of the City Center are now open to the public for those wishing to interact with City staff in-person.

The City Center is open public access as needed, and we wanted to give everyone an idea of what you can expect to see for safety measures and limitations in place:

• Shields have been placed between the public and front-line staff.
• We have sanitation supplies and facemasks available to staff and public.
• Floor decals are in place to show routes to take to allow for distancing between customers and staff.
• Signs are posted with information on distancing, recommendation and requests for people to wear facemasks when entering, encouraging use of the dropbox for bills, etc.
• Facemasks will be available as needed or desired for interaction
• A maximum of 20 people will be permitted inside the building, and doors may be temporarily locked and reopened as needed.
• Council meetings will be broadcast as usual. Due to limitations on participants being present, online comments are being encouraged.

Thank you again to everyone for your patience!

Questions?: cityoffices@ci.buffalo.mn.us or 763-682-1181

We ask residents to refer to the following information and contact the City Center with questions:

Facilities

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

Starting May 4, 2020 Buffalo Wine & Spirits is now Requiring that Face Masks be worn at both locations for the safety of employees and customers.

Until further notice, Buffalo Wine & Spirits will only operate one location at a time.

The Highway 55 Store and the Downtown Wine & Spirits store are alternating open and close schedules weekly.  The Wine & Spirits web link below includes information about which store is open or closed during this alternating schedule.

Remember, we will be limited to 10 customer in the store at one time. Thanks in advance for your patience during these extraordinary times.

The current plan is to continue to swap open stores each week, and the open store and schedule will be posted when available. 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.

Civic Center

The Civic Center is open for skating with restrictions as of June 15th. Please call the Civic Center if questions, or for ice rentals: 763-682-4132

Parks & Trails

Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. People can visit parks, trails, and opens spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and Vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others.

Buffalo Parks and Trails are open to the public, but recommend the following:
Use caution while using frequent contact items like Playgrounds, Benches, Picnic Tables, Grills, Musical Instruments, etc. Equipment is NOT sanitized. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Social Distancing while in the parks and using the trails.– stay 6 feet or more away from other people.
Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) should stay home and not engage in outdoor activities.

Restrooms will be open at Sturges Park, Griffing Park, and West Pulaski Park. Porta potties are available at some locations. Remember to wash your hands and/or sanitize your hands after use!

The beach at Griffing Park is open, but concession stands are closed and lifeguards are not on duty.

Large fishing piers are out at Wild Marsh Golf Course, Gary Mattson Park, Buffalo Lakewalk, and Griffing Park. Docks have been put out at the boat landings, but please do not fish from these.

Ballfields are open to the public.

Boat inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species are ongoing at Griffing Park boat landing.

Griffing Park Boat Rentals on Lake Pulaski are now open with limited hours.  To make a reservation please call: 651.508.4008.  Please click here for more information.

Concerts in the Park will begin on Thursday, July 9.  Schedule of bands are still to be determined.  Bands are being sought out, if you are interested please fill out the Request for Proposal and contact Park & Rec. Director Lee Ryan at:  lee.ryan@ci.buffalo.mn.us.

 

Compost Facility

OPEN FOR CITY RESIDENTS  – CHECK HOURS AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

The City’s Compost Facility has been opened for the year for use by City of Buffalo residents.  Here is a link to the compost facility’s page where we have information on rules for the use of the facility and temporary schedule at this time: Compost Facility Page .

Community Center
LIMITED SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE
Due to the high-risk category many of our Community Center patrons are in regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Community Center remains mostly closed, but some activities are being provided.  More open access to the Community Center building will be available starting July 6th.  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/

Great River Regional Library – Buffalo Branch
CURBSIDE PICKUP AVAILABLE, BUT FACILITY CLOSED TO PUBLIC
The Buffalo branch library is closed to the public, but curbside pickup has been made available.  Please visit the library website at: https://griver.org/locations/buffalo

Wild Marsh Golf Course

OPEN

The Wild Marsh Golf Course is open.  Please check out Wild Marsh Facebook page (@WildMarshGolfClub) for more details on the new rules and regulations that must be followed.

We are sad to say Wild Marsh Grill will be temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and related challenges.  We have discontinued our curbside to-go menu.  Snacks, sandwiches, beverages are still available for golfers to purchase through the golf shop. We also plan to serve hot dogs, burgers, etc. from the outdoor grill on weather appropriate days. Thanks to all our staff for their hard work and dedication and customers for your support!

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 your patience.
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 jennifer.nash@ci.buffalo.mn.us 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 cityoffices@ci.buffalo.mn.us

Planning Commission

Planning Commission meetings are back on their regular monthly meeting schedule with some distancing requirements remaining in place. Broadcasts occur live on the City website and on the cable access channel, and public comments on agenda items are welcomed at cityoffices@ci.buffalo.mn.us . Comments received at this email address on Planning Commission agenda items will be forwarded to Commission Members for their consideration. Some limited in-person attendance is also available for public hearings under distancing guidelines.  For links to live and replay video as well as further instructions for the video conference meeting, please go follow the link to our Public Meetings page where agendas are posted.

Code Enforcement
To report a complaint that requires code enforcement, please call 763-682-1181 or email Tony Daniels at tony.daniels@ci.buffalo.mn.us

City Council

City Council meetings are being held mostly via Zoom while distancing remains required resulting in limited availability for attendance.  Broadcasts occur live on the City website and on the cable access channel, and public comments on agenda items are welcomed at cityoffices@ci.buffalo.mn.us .  Comments received at this email address on agenda items will be forwarded to the City Council for their consideration. There is some limited in-person attendance also available for Council meetings.  For links to live and replay video as well as further instructions for the video conference meeting, please go follow the link to our Public Meetings page where agendas are posted.

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.  If possible, we encourage billing questions to be handled by phone or email.  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. 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.

Police

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:

https://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/public-meetings/


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.

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
CDC: www.cdc.gov[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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