BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Common Council is pushing for a snow plan from the Department of Public Works before the November 1 deadline.
Some members said it would be beneficial to receive the plan months or even seasons in advance.
“I think given what we’ve had to do in the last three years and what’s happened in the last year and a half, we should have done something sooner,” said University District Councilman Rasheed N.C. Wyatt.
The snow plan submission deadline is set by the city charter on November 1st. News 4 spoke with Mayor Byron Brown last week, who said the city is on track to meet that deadline this year.
“We will be prepared, we will be ready and the new, updated snow plan with all the new policies and procedures that we recommend will be presented no later than November 1st,” Brown said.
But during a council meeting Tuesday, Wyatt set a deadline for changing the city’s charter and pushed back the snow plan submission date to April 1 each year.
In the resolution, Wyatt said the current Nov. 1 deadline “has created challenges in providing sufficient time for a comprehensive review, making necessary adjustments, and allocating resources in the city budget to effectively implement the plan.”
“At one of my meetings, which was attended by about 100 residents, their main focus was on the snow plan; What do we do about the snow? “How are we going to deal with it this year?” Wyatt said. “So I had to push and make sure we got something. We can’t wait until November.”
Fillmore County Council member Mitch Nowakowski said the April 1 deadline is consistent with the city budget.
“The Common Council must either approve or adopt a revised budget by May 31, but it must be presented to council members by May 1,” Nowakowski said. “So if we can get 30 days lead time, 40 days lead time, to have a snow plan so we can address those concerns, that just improves the functionality of the government.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for the city of Buffalo asked how the Department of Public Works can review winter plans when it is still dealing with winter, as it often still snows in April. The spokesman added: “This is nothing more than a publicity stunt and has no benefit to the public.”
A committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, at 9:45 a.m. In a letter to city leaders titled “Where Are We?” Council members asked department heads to attend the meeting to discuss preparations for this winter, including the snow plan.
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