By DENISE GRANT
The statue of John Hancock, standing atop the Hancock County Courthouse in downtown Findlay, will soon light up the city skyline again.
The county commissioners voted Thursday to sign an agreement with First Federal Bank, 301 S. Main St., 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 the county used to have a spotlight on the statue, but the practice fell by the wayside in recent years because of the county’s economic troubles.
The floodlight agreement is a sign, perhaps, of better days now that 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.
Commissioner Brian Robertson asked about the petition at Thursday’s meeting. It’s being prepared, said Steve Wilson, a project manager for the Hancock County Engineer’s Office, who 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 starts in a residential neighborhood east of Interstate 75 and meanders south along Broad and Trenton avenues and behind Findlay High School until it drains into the Blanchard River.