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Carey Council considers treatment plant options

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council must decide whether to spend an estimated $7.7 million to upgrade the village’s existing wastewater treatment plant on South Wyandot Avenue, or about $9.6 million and construct a new, more efficient plant at the same...

Carey mayor to name new fiscal officer

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A new fiscal officer is expected to be named Monday by Carey Mayor Jennifer Rathburn following a final interview Thursday night. “The administration and council together have been actively seeking an appropriate replacement for the...

$1.1M grant to buy two flood-prone properties

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County has been awarded nearly $1.1 million to purchase and demolish two flood-prone properties near downtown. The Hancock Regional Planning Commission on Thursday said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released $1.099 million in flood...

Carey’s fiscal officer quits, takes county job

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Nickie Coppler, Carey’s fiscal officer and council clerk since late January 2015, has resigned the positions and accepted a post with the Wyandot County Auditor’s Office. She will begin her duties June 12. Prior to her tenure...

Commissioners approve easement

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to provide an easement agreement with owners of several buildings on the south end of Dorney Plaza. Renovations are underway to update the plaza. Phil Johnson, assistant county prosecutor,...

Courthouse drainage project cost rises

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Replacing an aging sewer line will increase the cost of the drainage project around the Hancock County Courthouse. The Hancock County commissioners approved a change order Tuesday to replace the sewer line prior to sidewalk installation on the north...

Sheriff’s union contracts to cost $94,700 annually

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Contracts being negotiated by Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman and employee unions will cost the county about $94,700 annually, according to information from the sheriff’s office. The three-year contracts approved so far include a 2 percent...

Raises granted to Hancock jail sergeants

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A tentative three-year contract agreement with sergeants in the corrections division at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was acknowledged by the county commissioners Tuesday, following a brief executive session to review details. The contract,...

Carey OKs resolution for substation grant

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The status of a $418,000 federal grant for a Carey electric substation project and utility pole replacement project became clearer following a unanimous council vote Monday to approve a resolution needed for the grant. The legislation was...

Communications projects discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The data fiber construction and a new communication system for dial tone service are separate projects which will eventually work together, according to Dale Shaheen, telecommunications and 911 coordinator for the county, and Curt Smith, information...