FARMINGTON — At its meeting Tuesday night, the Farmington City Council approved spending nearly $143,000 to replace three Red Apple Transit buses.

"They are just on a normal replacement schedule," said Mayor Tommy Roberts.

It will cost $142,801 to replace the three buses. The city receives about $595,000 annually from a federal rural transit grant and plans to use $118,525 of that funding to pay for the new buses, said Assistant City Manager Bob Campbell. The city will cover the remainder of the cost.

The transit system ferries passengers regionally and its buses are aging. The city bought the buses in 2006, and they often need replacing after about five years, Roberts said. The three buses have logged nearly 300,000 miles each, Roberts said.

Because Councilor Dan Darnell was absent from Tuesday's meeting, the council postponed its vote on the Masada House's special use permit until the Jan. 14 meeting.

Masada House provides transitional housing for women. The special use permit would allow the organization to operate a group care facility for men from a building at 2107 Schofield Lane.

While tabled, Councilors Jason Sandel and Mary Fischer said on Tuesday that they oppose the special use permit for the proposed area and plan to vote against it at the Jan. 14 council meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the council approved the annexation of 56 acres of land west of the city's limits. The move allows land developer Joe Kozimor to continue developing Little Creek Subdivision. The annexed land is located west of Little Rabbit Drive and north of West Main Street.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and dschwartz@daily-times.com. Follow him @dtdschwartz on Twitter.