BUCKLAND — An environmental issue is pushing its way to the forefront in Buckland.
Buckland Village Council members agreed to schedule a public meeting to inform residents and answer questions concerning building a new centrally-tied sewer system in the village.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have mandated that the small village begin plans to update the sewer system. Currently, each resident has independently-operated septic tanks.
The meeting has been set for 7:30 p.m. on June 28 at the Buckland community building where council meetings are now held.
Rural Community Assistance Program consultant Julie Ward will meet with village officials and project engineers on June 23 to discuss the issue.
Councilors agreed that the issue will not be popular, as residents will be called upon to pay for the project. However, with the EPA mandate, village officials hands are tied.
Mayor Dan Lambert discussed a potential eight-year plan for the project, including residents to begin paying approximately a $20 per month charge before completion of the project to lower the monthly payment, he estimates a charge of approximately $40 to $50 later.
“Nobody wants another bill,” Lambert said. “It will not be a popular issue.”
Village officials agreed to move forward with a project that will see new 18-inch curb and gutters built on the entire length of Main Street after receiving a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the county.
The grant covers $230,000 and the council currently has as much as $76,000 in funds that can be used towards the project. Choice One Engineering, which is handling the engineering for the project, is currently reviewing the plan to find possible cost-saving measures.
The village would like to build sidewalks down the entire length of the road. However the preliminary estimated cost of $353,000 is slightly higher than the $306,000 the village has available.
Councilors asked Police Chief John Tolbert to speak with some residents after councilor Lonnie John reported problems with people riding four-wheelers across town.
“Its nice having a small town and being able to let people live a little,” Lambert said. “You don’t like to tie everything down, but when things become an issue you have to address them.
John told councilors that while the residents in question had exercised care previously, they have now became lax. Councilors agreed.
Tolbert said he would address the situation.
The second reading of an ordinance eliminating the use of BB guns, air guns and slingshots was read.
Lambert said several small issues have come up in the last several months causing a need for the ordinance. After the May meeting Lambert said the issues were minor in nature and that it was just “kids being kids.”