APRIL 5, 2011C
The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by EllicottDistrict Council Member Darius G. Pridgen requesting of
the City of Buffalo’s Departments of
Law, Police, and Permits & Inspections work collaboratively with the Common Council to createa Reference, in
Frequently Asked Questions
format, which the public, CouncilMembers, and potentially all elected and appointed officials, could consult concerningappointments to City Boards, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces. Elected and appointedofficials, citizens, and candidates interested in serving on City Boards, Commissions,Committees and Task Forces frequently question what qualifications, if any, are required forappointment to such positions. Although some City Boards, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces do have clear and well-established qualification requirements and appointmentprocedures codified in Federal or State law, the City Charter & Code, or as part of a previouslyadopted or approved Common Council Resolution, the existence of such guidance is frequentlynot generally known nor easily obtained for those that are untrained. In some instances, theelected or appointed officials charged with appointing individuals are under significant pressureto make appointments in a timely manner, however there may be little if any guidance relating tothe potential
qualifications. The Council maintains that the FAQ Reference forappointment to City Boards, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces would ensure thatprospective appointees are qualified, prepared, and willing to take on the responsibilitiesassociated with serving on the respective bodies.
The Council approved a resolution sponsored by South District Council Member Michael P.Kearns requesting of the City of Buffalo Planning Board, that they work closely with the
Department of Management Information Systems (―MIS‖) to
identify properties that havereceived a landmark, landmark site or historic district designation, and to catalog them in acentralized location on the City
website. The Council is also requesting of the City of BuffaloDepartment of Assessment and Taxation that they also work closely with the City PreservationBoard and MIS to have any landmark, landmark site or historic district designation included withall publically available assessment information. A property with a landmark, landmark site orhistorical designation carries with it a degree of owner responsibility to ensure that anyalterations to the property are appropriate to the historical, aesthetical, architectural,archaeological, educational, economical, or cultural heritage of the City of Buffalo, New York State, or the United States of America. However, when these properties are transferred, newowners are may be unaware of their
designations and may be at risk of performing property alterations that could have a detrimental effect on City efforts to retain andpreserve historically significant properties. Currently, a listing of the properties that havereceived landmark, landmark site or historic district designation is not easily accessible by thepublic, nor is such information stored on one central location on the City of Buffalo website, norincluded with a
property’s assessment information. The Council maintains that it is essential to
inform new property owners of their properties historic designation in order to preserveproperties that are of major significance to the history and culture of the City of Buffalo.