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...

Bids requested for demolition

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners voted Tuesday to seek bids for the demolition of several buildings in the 200 block of North Main Street in downtown Findlay. The buildings are located at 201-203, 202-204 and 205-207 N. Main St., just north of the Clinton...

County plans to meet with Army Corps

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners voted Thursday to travel to the Buffalo offices of the Army Corps of Engineers next week to discuss the local flood-control plan. All three commissioners and Steve Wilson, a project manager for the Hancock County...

County hears update on transportation service

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock Area Transportation Services (HATS) is gaining new riders, said Laurie Collins, transportation director. Collins, who took over as transportation director for HATS in July 2015, gave an update on ridership to the commissioners on Thursday. The...

Dorney Plaza plans remain uncertain

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER There are still no concrete plans for the renovation of Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay, but the first step may be in sight. The Hancock County commissioners met with a group of county, city and private officials Tuesday morning to discuss the...

Corps: Work on flood study continues

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing to work on the Blanchard River flood-control plan, and new computer modeling of river flooding looks promising, corps officials say. An estimated $300,000 will be needed to finish the $9 million flood study,...

Whirlpool Corp. launches big plant expansion

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Just before Whirlpool Corp. turned the first shovel of dirt on a $40.6 million, 86,400-square-foot expansion at its Findlay dishwasher plant on Wednesday, a loud chant burst from a crowd of employees gathered for the event. “Who are we?”...

Status of corps’ flood-control study uncertain

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER There are more questions than answers when it comes to the status of the Blanchard River flood-control study, according to Steve Wilson, a project manager for the Hancock County Engineer’s Office. Clarifying remarks that he made Monday to the...