Hirschfeld named HPD chairman

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A short-handed Hancock Park District board reorganized for the year Tuesday, with both Chairman Gary Hirschfeld and park district Director Gary Pruitt absent. Board members Ed Ingold and Scott Younger approved Hirschfeld to continue as chairman, while...

Engineer’s office dispute resolved

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Steve Wilson, a former Hancock County engineer, will apparently continue to provide sanitary engineer services at the county landfill following a ruling by the county prosecutor’s office. A contract with Wilson’s company, Frostbite Falls...

Carey library seeking levy

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board on Monday approved placing a 1.75-mill, five-year renewal levy on the ballot later this year for Dorcas Carey Public Library for general operations. The tax generates about $147,963 annually. Voters in the Carey School...

Hancock County approves flood-reduction services contract

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Steve Wilson will continue to provide management services for flood-reduction projects in Hancock County, after the county commissioners approved a contract Thursday with his company for a maximum of $40,000 annually. Wilson has been employed by the...

Hancock County agency wants to put 1.2-mill levy on May ballot

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Diana Hoover, director of the Hancock County Department of Job and Family Services, asked the Hancock County commissioners Thursday to place a 1.2-mill, 10-year levy on the May 8 primary ballot. The levy would generate about $2.31 million annually and...

Sale of vacant Carey land considered

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in council chambers to consider a request by S&S Developers to split and sell about 15 acres to Vaughn Equities of Carey. The commission will also consider the zoning...

Court building work discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County is expected to seek bids again for improvements to the Hancock County Juvenile/Probate Court building in Dorney Plaza, following a meeting Thursday between county officials and representatives of Peterman and Associates, a Findlay...

Commissioners OK funds for extra probation officer

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners agreed Tuesday to provide common pleas court’s adult probation department with $20,000 toward the cost of an additional probation officer. The funds will come from the commissioners’ contingency fund this...

Carey approves agreement with Wyandot County

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency resolution to renew its compliance agreement with the current Wyandot County Hazard Mitigation Plan, approved in 2016, to be eligible for federal funds if there is a natural disaster declaration by the...

Post-election campaign finance reports filed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A flier urging approval of Issue 4, the 0.25 percent county sales tax increase on the November ballot to fund expansion of the county jail and construction of a county building, was funded entirely by Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson,...