Buckland back-up

BUCKLAND — A back-up generator for the proposed wastewater treatment plant is likely to come to the village of Buckland free of charge, courtesy of the U.S. military.

Buckland Police Chief Randy Trayer informed Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert that he is permitted to use the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a government agency used for the procurement of extra military equipment including guns and equipment.  Military operations primarily use the agency, but state and local governments also are permitted to use the DLA for safety services.

“The mayor asked me to look into generators because I knew you were going to need a back-up generator for your wastewater plant,” Trayer told Buckland Village

Council members during Thursday’s meeting. “I have one lined up. It is ready to go. I can tell you it is 900 pounds and works at 5 to 10 Kv. It has been approved and is in condition B, which means it is serviceable and ready to use.

“It would be sufficient to run your plant in the case of a power outage — it would run your plant without a doubt,” he said. “You could be spending $18,000 to $20,000 for one of these, but I take advantage of this program all the time so it won’t cost the village a dime. I can’t see why the village shouldn’t take advantage of the program like this because that is what it is there for.”

The requisition must be made by the police department but after one year the issued item can be transferred to another municipal department as long as it stays in the hands of the village and is available for inspection. In one year, Trayer said he would have the Buckland Police Department donate it to the Buckland Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“You don’t find many in condition B very often and when you do then you better take advantage of the program,” Trayer said, explaining “B” status is used but in very good condition. “The only thing is we have to go pick it up and transport it to the village.”

Trayer volunteered to pick up the 900-pound generator, but he would need a trailer to load the generator to bring it back to the village. Lambert said he would provide a trailer. Trayer has the truck and hitch for the generator’s transport.

The police chief already has taken advantage of the program by requisitioning equipment and guns for the police department. He explained Buckland is a small village and does not have the available funds to purchase this equipment.

At the direction of Lambert, councilors Thursday opted not to have the third reading of an ordinance to institute a 1 percent income tax on village workers and residents.

Lambert instructed councilors to consider a credit for people who live in Buckland but work outside the village.

After several discussions with solicitors, Lambert learned a person who lives in Wapakoneta and works in Buckland will pay the 1 percent income tax and receive an income tax credit for this from Wapakoneta.

Under the original proposal, the mayor learned a person living in Buckland and working in Wapakoneta would pay 1 percent to Wapakoneta and 1 percent to Buckland, but Lambert wanted to consider a 50 percent credit or only tax these people’s income at 0.5 percent.

He estimated without a credit the village would generate approximately $20,000 and approximately $10,000 to $12,000 with a 0.5 percent credit.

“I don’t think we want to put people who live here in a 2 percent tax bracket,” Lambert said, “but we have to do something. Gov. John Kasich has balanced his budget, but he has done it on the backs of the cities and villages in Ohio. We have to find local sources of income.”

He said deep cuts in Local Government Funds from the state is causing municipal shortfalls.

Lambert said councilors could discuss the issue further at the April meeting and he would like to have it enacted by July 1.