Buckland passes land purchase for sewer plant

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council members finalized a deal Saturday to purchase land from Don Stahler Jr. for the proposed new sewer system site.

Councilors decided to have the special meeting so they could finalize the purchase agreement for the 14.8 acres of land before the end of the year. Stahler asked council to complete the deal prior to the end of the year after a contract for the land was signed in September. Stahler asked due to the possibility of capital gains taxes going up in 2013.

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 began collecting a $20 per parcel fee Oct. 1 for the new plant. 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 Community Development Block Grant 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.

A $200,000 loan was secured by the village earlier this month to pay for the land from the Ohio Water Authority at a 1.5 percent borrowing rate.

Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert said groundbreaking for the new plant is scheduled for sometime in 2014.