New sewer fee starts in Dec.

BUCKLAND — Buckland village residents will receive their first bill in December to pay for upgrades to the village’s sewer system.

Buckland Village Council members learned Thursday all residents will get their first assessment when they receive their bills scheduled to go out Dec. 1. The assessment, which will be charged at a rate of $20 per parcel, will help pay costs of the new wastewater treatment plant.

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

Councilors approved the purchase of 14.8 acres of land from Don Stahler that sits immediately south of the village. The land had to be secured so the village could move forward with the application of a $500,000 grant from Ohio Public Works.  The grant application was 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 Community Development Block Grant (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 approved the application for Issue 1 money to pave Auglaize Street at the meeting.

The village applied for $16,000 to upgrade the street, which will cover most of Auglaize Street, the entire portion west of Main Street. The $16,000 grant requires a 10 percent match plus bidding costs.

The village slated trick-or-treat for Oct. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and councilors urged all residents to participate to help make it a fun event. The village will also have a community night out at the village park on Oct. 27 with a bonfire. Hot dogs and smokes will be provided.