Hancock officials stress need for bigger jail, new office building

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The need to expand the Hancock County jail and construct a new county office building was stressed Friday by Hancock County Commissioners Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol, who spoke at the county Republican Party’s First Friday lunch. Expanding the...

State grant to help with Hancock County jail costs, diversion efforts

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Common Pleas Court will receive more than $320,000 in state grant money during the next two fiscal years, and up to half can be used to help with prisoner housing costs. The total cost to operate the Hancock County jail will exceed $3.5...

Carey to receive state loan

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council has been notified the village will receive a $580,000 loan from the state Water Development Authority to design an estimated $9 million sewage treatment plant. The village will repay the loan at 3.14 percent for five years,...

Hancock County commissioners allocate additional funds

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The opioid epidemic in Hancock County continues to stretch the county budget. The commissioners on Thursday approved about $190,500 in additional appropriations to cover attorney fees for indigent individuals ($80,000), Job and Family Services for...

Agency hearing set for complaint against Hancock County candidate

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Ohio Elections Commission will hear a complaint involving a former Hancock County commissioner’s candidate when it meets at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 in Columbus. Hancock County Board of Elections filed a complaint with the state commission about...

County approves juvenile/probate court repairs

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners approved a $45,000 contract with Spieker Co., Perrysburg, on Tuesday for work at the probate/juvenile court building, 308 Dorney Plaza. The company submitted the only bid for the work on Feb. 10. The project approved Tuesday...

Hancock County buying two more flood-damaged properties

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Two more flood-damaged properties were approved for purchase by the Hancock County commissioners Thursday. Separately, a federal grant to purchase a North Main Street business received a one-year extension following the recent death of the property...

Hancock County spends more to house prisoners elsewhere

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday appropriated an additional $180,000 to the general fund to cover the costs of housing prisoners in other counties. Commissioner Brian Robertson said the county jail processed 1,498 individuals through July, or...

Carey Council approves tax break for potential company

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council approved an “enterprise zone” tax break Monday for a company that would invest more than $51 million and hire up to 50 individuals in three years. Initial payroll would be an estimated $2.2 million annually. JM...

Flood-prone property in Findlay purchased

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A flood-prone property at 329 E. Main Cross St. has been purchased by Hancock County commissioners with the use of flood mitigation funds. The property will be demolished. Phil Johnson, assistant Hancock County prosecutor, said the county has discussed...