Two leave B’land posts

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council is looking for two new members as two were removed from their posts during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Councilor Rusty Jones submitted a letter of resignation, effective May 7, citing an “inability to be able to attend all council meetings because of meeting time change, my work schedule, and my family.”

Later in the meeting, Councilor Matt A. Pleiman was removed from his council seat for failing to attend meetings.

In his letter, Jones said he felt he should step aside for someone who would have more time to devote to the village. He thanked everyone who had voted for them.

Councilors accepted his resignation.

Councilors said they tried to reach Pleiman and learn why he had not been at meetings and to try to work something out, but they had received no response. Several councilors reported seeing him at his residence prior to Tuesday’s meeting despite not attending Tuesday’s meeting.

Mayor Dan Lambert said he will seek replacements, who could be appointed as early as the June 14 meeting.

Councilors heard the first reading of an ordinance establishing a sewage treatment fee to residents within the village.

Each residential and commercial dwelling will soon have a $60 fee per quarter, or $20 fee per month, to pay for wastewater treatment for the expansive sewer project planned for the village. The move became necessary as 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 has already secured much of the funding for the project, including a $1.3 million principal forgiveness grant awarded in February. Another $500,000 could be available in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as well as an additional $100,000 to aid qualifying low income residents to tie in to the new system, as well as another possible $350,000 if time restraints are met.

Councilors agreed to have an ordinance drawn up for passage for next month’s council meeting that would prohibit wind turbines, wind chargers and wind generators from being built in the village.

Lambert supplied councilors with a comparable ordinance passed for the village of St. Henry.

Turbines have become a hot topic in the area after U.S. Mainstream Renewable Power Inc., headquartered in Chicago, announced looking at potentially 60 to 70 sites in Ohio for a wind farm, including the focus of an area that includes large portions of Duchouquet, Logan and Moulton townships in Auglaize County, as well as small parts of Noble Township and Shawnee Township in Allen County. The proposal has been met with strong rejection from several residents.

Councilors plan to propose an ordinance comparative to the St. Henry ordinance, which would outlaw the installation or operation of wind turbines and make it a fourth-degree misdemeanor.