Flood-prone property in Findlay purchased

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A flood-prone property at 329 E. Main Cross St. has been purchased by Hancock County commissioners with the use of flood mitigation funds. The property will be demolished. Phil Johnson, assistant Hancock County prosecutor, said the county has discussed...

Report shows need for more space at Hancock County jail

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A report from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office indicates “the need for more jail space is real,” county Commissioner Tim Bechtol said at Tuesday’s commissioners meeting. The commissioners discussed the two sales tax issues...

Carey school board approves tax break for new company

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board approved a tax break Monday for a company that will invest more than $51 million and hire up to 50 individuals in three years. JM Smith Corp., of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will occupy the second speculative building...

County approves purchase of flood-prone property

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A flood-prone property at 519 E. High St. was purchased Thursday by the Hancock County commissioners. The commissioners approved a resolution to purchase the property from Henry Lowe of Findlay for $36,000, plus up to $2,000 in closing costs. The...

County submits tax issues for fall ballot

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County residents will have two countywide sales tax issues to decide in November: a 0.25 percent tax for flood reduction and a 0.25 percent tax for county capital improvements and general operations. Wednesday was the deadline for submitting...

2 sales taxes headed for fall ballot, 1 tax imposed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday voted to place a pair of 0.25 percent sales taxes on the Nov. 7 ballot, one for flood reduction and one for capital improvements. The commissioners also voted 3-0 to impose a permanent 0.25 percent sales tax,...

Village of Carey makes bid for old school site

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The village of Carey has submitted a bid of $50,000 for about 9.3 acres at the former school site on East North Street. The village would initially use the property for green space. The school board is expected to discuss the bid next week...

County pays for removal of storage tanks

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Underground storage tanks will be removed from 136 N. Main St., a building recently purchased by the county, after the Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday to have the work done by TTL Associates, Toledo. The contract is for...

Businesses not backing Hancock County sales tax hike

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The business community voiced support Tuesday for renewal of an existing Hancock County sales tax, but did not support a 0.25 percent increase or the 20-year length being considered by the Hancock County commissioners. During the second public hearing...

Blanchard River ‘benching’ bids to be ready next year

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER By the end of March 2018, the Stantec engineering firm should be ready to seek bids for “benching” or widening the Blanchard River banks and the removal of the ripple dams to improve water flow through downtown Findlay. Steve Wilson, project...