Buckland buys land for plant

BUCKLAND — The village of Buckland is growing. The land will not be for future home building, but for a major infrastructure improvement.

Buckland Village Council members approved Thursday a resolution to purchase 14.8 acres of land south of the village to build its new sewer system.

The resolution allows for the mayor to enter into a contract with Don Stahler, owner of the land, to purchase the land. Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert declined to reveal the purchase price of the land until the contract is signed.

The sewer project became necessary after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled early last year that the village had to improve its sewer system to meet state regulations.

The village will begin collecting a $20 per parcel fee Oct. 1 for the new plant.

Councilors Tim Detty, Lonnie John and Chris Thomason had been working together as a committee to gather details about purchasing two separate pieces of property. The council elected to purchase Stahler’s property at the meeting.

The land had to be secured so councilors could move forward with the application for a $500,000 grant from Ohio Public Works, which is due Oct. 3.

The village has already secured much of the funding for the project, including a $1.3 million principal forgiveness grant awarded in February.

Another $350,000 could be available in CDBG money as well as an additional $100,000 to aid qualifying low income residents to tie into the new system, as well as another possible $350,000 if time restraints are met.

Councilors also voted to apply for Issue I money to pave the portion of Auglaize Street that is west of Main Street.

The $16,000 grant requires a 10 percent match plus bidding costs.

Councilors agreed to donate $2,000 received from insurance payments to help build a new storage building at the community park. The building was destroyed in the June 29 storm that came through the area.

Councilors heard the first reading of a dangerous and vicious dog ordinance in the village.

Councilors began discussing possible additional restrictions to vicious and dangerous dogs at the July meeting after a pit bull left its owner’s property and went after village Police Chief Randy Trayer. The dog did not bite Trayer, but its aggressive behavior was enough for the dog’s owner to be served with a nuisance dog notification under the new state guidelines.

Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said the owner had been served with their notification. A second notification would result in the dog being classified as a dangerous dog.

The new ordinance is nearly identical to the ordinance in St. Henry, which councilors viewed prior to presenting their own.