Bridge opening delayed at least another week

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Osborn Avenue bridge near Riverside Park will not be open to traffic today, Hancock County Engineer Chris Long told the county commissioners during their regular meeting Thursday. Last week he mentioned the bridge may open this week, but it has been...

Combined records management system considered

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Findlay, Hancock County and the townships are considering a records management system which would provide a variety of information to all of those governments from a single software program. The system, which has an estimated price tag of $1.1 million,...

Fiber optic loop project delayed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Dale Shaheen, telecommunications and 911 coordinator for Hancock County, told the county commissioners Tuesday that the effort to get “joint use permits” for the shared fiber optic loop project with Findlay and the city school district has...

Hancock Park District employees to get pay hikes

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock Park District employees received an early Christmas present Tuesday as the park commissioners approved pay raises for next year. The park board approved the 2018 budget which included pay increases. The salary for park district Director Gary...

Outgoing Carey board member honored

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Monday was the final Carey school board meeting for Mark Armstrong, who is completing 20 years on the board. The board presented Armstrong with a clock plaque in appreciation of his years of service. Armstrong thanked his family, the...

Hancock County budget includes 2 percent pay increase

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s $26 million general fund budget for 2018, which the county commissioners are likely to approve on Dec. 21, includes a 2 percent raise for county employees. The pay increase is similar to what unionized employees at the...

Findlay’s Osborn Avenue bridge will reopen soon

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Findlay’s Osborn Avenue bridge over the Blanchard River near Riverside Park is scheduled to reopen Dec. 15, Hancock County Engineer Chris Long told the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday. The bridge has been closed for months as crews have...

Carey Council increases wages for electric department workers

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — An emergency ordinance boosting wages for Carey electric department personnel was approved by village council Monday. The issue was discussed at the Nov. 20 council meeting because of a lack of applicants for electric department positions....

Interior of courthouse to be painted

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A Piqua company submitted the apparent low bid of $58,900 for interior painting of the Hancock County Courthouse when bids were opened Thursday morning. Brian Brothers Painting and Restoration said it would begin two weeks after notice it received the...

Pay raise for county agency director OK’d

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved two resolutions for Hancock County Job and Family Services, including one authorizing the first pay raise for the director in over a decade. The commissioners amended a contract extension approved...