Meeting planned Thursday on flooding issues

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A meeting to discuss countywide flooding issues among a number of officials will be held Thursday, Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson said Tuesday. Robertson said various county personnel from the engineer’s office, a commissioner, soil...

Sales tax hike comes under criticism

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The large gathering at Tuesday night’s hearing on Hancock County’s request for a 0.75 percent county sales tax did not offer much support for the issue that will be before voters on Nov. 7. The hearing was held at the county engineer’s...

Park district to reduce hunting at Litzenberg

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The annual hunting-with-permission game management program on part of Litzenberg Memorial Woods, south of U.S. 224, will be shortened by two months this year to provide more opportunity for hikers and others to use the land. Hunting by permit will be...

Carey reviews short-term projects

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A sparsely-attended Carey planning committee meeting on Monday provided a review of existing short-term projects, and a request to develop a department head succession plan as most department heads will be eligible to retire in the next...

Grants to pay for repaving, bridge projects

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Two grants from the state Public Works Commission were approved by the Hancock County commissioners Thursday for bridge rehabilitation on Hancock County 139 and road resurfacing on about 14.8 miles of 14 township and county roads. The bridge project is...

County schedules two public hearings on tax

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday setting two public hearing dates for the proposed 0.75 percent sales tax which voters will decide on the Nov. 7 ballot. The first hearing will be at 6 p.m. July 25 at the county...

Business to locate in Carey

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The second manufacturing building in Arrowhead Commerce Park, Carey, has a new tenant. It was announced during Wednesday’s Carey Council meeting that Creative Plastic Concepts will locate in the structure. The company, with...

Hancock County sales tax increase need discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson said Thursday the county’s push for additional sales tax revenue is not meant to “grow government” but to alleviate infrastructure needs resulting, in part, from increased criminal activity....

Hancock County to seek larger sales tax

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County elected officials, meeting Wednesday morning to discuss county finances, unanimously agreed that a three-quarter percent sales tax should be sought to replace an existing half-percent tax that expires next year. The additional tax revenue...

Maintenance of river discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Philip Howard on Tuesday joined the list of individuals who have voiced their displeasure to the Hancock County commissioners about maintenance of the Blanchard River. In a back-and-forth with Commissioners Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol during the...