Commissioners award contracts for ditch maintenance work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved four ditch maintenance projects totaling more than $31,000. Property owners will be assessed for the work. Kramer Excavating and Drainage, Findlay, will do two of the projects: the Oil Single County...

Contract awarded for bridge deck

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A contract with Miller Brothers of Archbold, for replacement of a bridge deck on Hancock County 139, was approved by the Hancock County commissioners this week. The cost will be about $412,077, with the state Public Works Commission providing $319,630...

Drug epidemic affecting Hancock County budget

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The venue was different, but the Hancock County commissioners’ message was the same at Tuesday’s annual “state of the county address.” The county’s prosperity is being tempered by the drug epidemic, which is impacting the...

Carey may have to replace lead waterlines

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Village Administrator Roy Johnson said Monday that Carey may need expensive waterline improvements to reduce lead, and high-priced improvements also are on the horizon for the village’s electric system. Recent legislative action on...

County sends support letter on river project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER During a brief meeting Thursday, the Hancock County commissioners released a letter of support for the Blanchard River widening project in Findlay. Land is expected to be cleared for the project starting next week. A similar letter, dated Tuesday, came...

HPD to replace shelterhouse at Riverbend

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Bids will be sought to replace Shelter 2 at Riverbend Recreation Area, the Hancock Park District board decided Tuesday. Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed this year. The decision came after Gary Pruitt, Hancock Park District...

Commissioners hire new clerk

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution to employ Sarah Mutchler as clerk of the commissioners. Mutchler most recently served as operations coordinator for the commissioners. She replaced Heather Pendleton, an attorney who...

New Carey ball fields proposed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Dan Vaughn, with the Carey Athletic Boosters, and Joey Roark, high school baseball coach, discussed plans for construction of new baseball and softball fields on Carey school property at the school board’s regular meeting Monday. The...

Hancock commissioners approve new phone system

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday to buy and install a new phone system for county buildings. A five-year service agreement with TSC Communications of Wapakoneta will cost about $566,000, including about $185,000 for...

Group wants full use of Dorney Plaza

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Supporters of the annual July 4 “Spirit of 1776” program told the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday they are not happy that they have been told to stay off the grass of the recently-renovated Dorney Plaza this year. Don VanRenterghem,...