The statue of John Hancock, standing atop the Hancock County Courthouse at 300 S. Main St., Findlay, will soon light the city skyline again.
The county commissioners voted today to sign an agreement with First Federal Bank, 301 S. Main St., to pay for the installation and operation of a floodlight on the bank building. The light will shine from the First Federal building across the street onto the statue.
Commissioner Phillip Riegle said traditionally, the county has kept a spotlight on Hancock, but the practice fell by the wayside in recent years due to the economic troubles.
It’s a signal, perhaps, of better days now that the county finances are improving, and Riegle said it’s right to return the spotlight to Hancock’s lofty post.
The county will pay the bank $500 per year for providing the space and electricity.
Separately, the commissioners are expecting the City of Findlay’s petition to clean Dalzell Ditch any day now.
Riegle asked about the petition at today’s commissioner meeting. Steve Wilson said it’s being prepared. Wilson, a project manager for the Hancock County Engineer’s Office, also works as a part-time engineer for the city.
Findlay has offered to pay as much as $300,000 toward the cleanup to lessen the financial burden on neighboring property owners. Previous estimates put the cost of cleaning Dalzell Ditch at between $500,000 and $750,000.
About 75 percent of the ditch runs through the city and affects thousands of parcels. The ditch runs north of Trenton Avenue to Findlay’s northern limits, west of Main Street, and drains into the Blanchard River.