Buckland Council learns loss to auxiliary

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council members learned Tuesday of the resignation of auxiliary police officer Michael Blankenship.
Blankenship, of Port Jefferson, was arrested for inducing panic, vandalism, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle after an incident in which charges were filed Sept. 29 in Shelby County. A warrant has been served on Blankenship on the charges but online records did not indicate if Blankenship had made an initial court appearance.
In another matter, a dog at a vacant home who persistently barks throughout the day may be resolved soon.
Council members discussed the dog, who resides at 300 N. Main St., during Tuesday meeting when councilor Cindy Sidey, who lives beside the residence, informed her colleagues the problem has gotten worse.
“It is all day long now,” Sidey said.
The dog is tied outside at a residence owned by Eric Sprague and Nicole Daniels. Several councilors said they believed no one is living at the residence but they still come and feed the pet.
Buckland Police Chief John Tolbert said that doing anything about the animal has still been a problem due to the animal still being provided with food, water and shelter. However, the animal does not visibly have a dog tag and the police chief said he would contact Dog Warden Russ Bailey about picking the animal up.
Councilors approved for the mayor to sign documents allowing for Choice One Engineering to begin advertising for bids for the Main Street curb and sidewalks project.
The village received a $230,000 grant earlier this year to do the work. Curbs will be done the entire length of the road, and councilors are hoping bids come in low enough to do the entire roadway with sidewalks.
Councilors also entered an agreement to accept a $24,000 loan from the state Capital Improvement Fund to completely renovate the village’s sewer system.
The village will receive approximately $24,000 to renovate the village’s sewer system, which has been deemed as outdated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Twelve thousands dollars of the loan will be forgiven upon completion of the work.