Hancock County awards razing contract

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners voted Tuesday to award a contract for the demolition of several dilapidated buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street in downtown Findlay. The $90,350 contract went to ALL Excavation & Demolition, McComb. The...

WITH VIDEO: Property acquisition beginning for Putnam County flood project

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Property acquisition for the Putnam County diversion channel is underway. The Maumee Valley Conservancy District, Defiance, voted Tuesday to notify landowners within the next two weeks with the initial terms. The $5 million, 4,000-foot diversion...

Downtown demolition work delayed

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners have delayed awarding a contract for the demolition of several buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street in downtown Findlay because of concerns about an active gas line in the block. The commissioners had been set...

County takes control of flood project

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s commissioners decided Thursday to make the break from the Army Corps of Engineers and take local control of the flood-control plan. The commissioners agreed to notify the corps of the decision, and also passed a resolution to...

Hancock County reports Zika case

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer A travel-related case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Hancock County, public health officials said Friday. Hancock Public Health said it received a report Thursday that the virus was lab-confirmed in a 50-year-old man who recently traveled to...

County’s razing plans advance

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Demolition of several flood-damaged buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street in downtown Findlay could begin as early as mid-June. The Hancock County commissioners opened bids on the project Thursday. ALL Excavation & Demolition of McComb...

Engineering firm, county officials meet

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Scott Peyton, project manager for Stantec Inc., a worldwide design and consulting firm, told the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday that his company could quickly “get its arms” around the Blanchard River flood-control project. Peyton,...

Building one entrance for court buildings could cost over $3M

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER It could cost over $3 million to create a common entrance between the two Hancock County court buildings and the Findlay Municipal building, and still maintain pedestrian traffic from the Dorney Plaza to West Main Cross Street. That option was the...

Army Corps’ OK holds up flood study

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer It turns out the decision on whether to abandon efforts to gain federal funding for construction of the proposed 9.4-mile Eagle Creek diversion channel isn’t entirely up to the Hancock County commissioners. The commissioners learned Friday the...

Ottawa River cleanup project approved

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Joint County Board of Commissioners opened bids Thursday on a maintenance project that would clear log jams and fallen trees along the Ottawa River in Allen and Putnam County. The joint board includes Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin and Putnam...