County OKs payment for flood-control study

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $305,000 payment to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District for “costs associated with its Stantec contract.” The conservancy district is in charge of the county’s flood-control...

Carey school board approves activity-free period

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board on Monday approved an annual “activity-free period” from June 24 through July 9 for students and families to spend time together without school-related practices or activities scheduled. There is basketball...

County OKs septic system repair work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday for septic system repairs at 2670 Hancock County Road 33, Bluffton. Bluffton Aeration Services will do the work for about $2,285. It is the last project being funded this year by Water...

Gazebo to be constructed at Riverbend

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A gazebo will be constructed at Riverbend Recreation Area in the vicinity of Brugeman Lodge, which hosts weddings and other programs. Ron Rush, president of the Hancock Parks Foundation, announced during the park district board’s monthly meeting...

HPD hands out funds to villages

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Twelve communities were awarded $96,000 in Hancock Park District Community Park Improvement Program grants on Tuesday. The park district board provides annual funding for a variety of park projects. City and village representatives met Oct. 27 with park...

Wyandot County approves taxes

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER UPPER SANDUSKY — Wyandot County voters on Tuesday approved continuing a half-percent, five-year sales and use tax with 6,707 votes, or about 65.7 percent, in favor and 3,512 votes, or 34.3 percent, against. The tax funds county sheriff’s...

Gazarek holds off election challenge

By JIM MAURER Staff Writer Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek of Findlay was elected to a second, four-year term Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Hancock County Board of Elections. With all 60 precincts reporting, Gazarek received 19,398 votes, or 60.7...

Carey Council pay hike gets first reading

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council gave a first reading to an ordinance Monday to provide a pay increase for council members, but tabled a pay raise for the mayor. Council also gave a first reading to an ordinance to remove the mayor, law director (solicitor)...

8 county races are uncontested

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Eight Hancock County officeholders are unopposed in Tuesday’s general election. All are Republicans. They are: Brian Robertson, 49, of 218 Pembrooke Drive, who is seeking a second, four-year term as county commissioner. He was elected in 2012...

Compactor bought for county landfill

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The purchase of a new compactor/dozer machine for the Hancock County Sanitary Landfill was approved by the county commissioners Thursday. The equipment will replace a used machine which needed electrical repairs. The CAT Model 826K 800 Compactor will be...