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Bechtol sees similarities in old, new jobs

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Tim Bechtol sees a lot of similarities between his previous job as an architect and his new job as a Hancock County commissioner. As an architect, “I have worked with the (county) commissioners for two decades on various projects, and seen their...

Hancock County OKs contract for Dorney Plaza

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved a resolution authorizing the Hancock Regional Planning Commission to contract with RCM Architects to design improvements to Dorney Plaza. Cindy Land, an assistant county prosecutor, said the...

$1 million in Dorney Plaza upgrades outlined

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER An estimated $1 million upgrade to Dorney Plaza to modernize the area and improve security for the courthouse was outlined during the Hancock County commissioners meeting Tuesday. Construction is planned during 2017. Garry Peiffer, trustee and treasurer...

County purchases truck for landfill

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to purchase a pickup truck from LaRiche Chevrolet for the county landfill. The cost is $26,565. The resolution included an additional $7,800 for truck conversion equipment from Kalida Truck....

Campaign reports: Gazarek outspends Bateson

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek outspent and had more funds available than opponent William Bateson, according to post-election campaign finance reports filed with the county elections board. Gazarek, a Republican, was re-elected to a second...

Gazebo construction at Riverbend approved

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock Park District commissioners on Tuesday approved construction of a gazebo north of Brugeman Lodge in Riverbend Recreation Area. The project will be paid for with a $40,500 donation through a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation fund, on...

Carey board to seek ‘Safe Routes’ grant

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Transportation for assistance in developing a “school travel plan,” a requirement for applying for a “Safe Routes to...

New Center for Civic Engagement meant to help agencies collaborate

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Findlay-Hancock County Center for Civic Engagement will serve as the “backbone organization” as community agencies develop initiatives to improve the lives of residents. Details of the center were discussed Wednesday at the University of...

Commissioners OK consultant contract

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners renewed an agreement with Maximus, a Columbus-based consultant, to help the county receive reimbursement from federal and other grant sources. The company will be paid $10,000 annually to update and implement the county...

Carey fire truck bonds approved

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — An emergency ordinance for the issuance of bonds of up to $868,900 for the purchase of a ladder fire truck was approved by Carey Council Monday. The truck was ordered in August and will be delivered around the end of 2017. The village...