By DENISE GRANT
Hancock County’s recycling center, Litter Landing, may be getting an upgrade.
The county commissioners agreed Thursday to hire Peterman Associates, Findlay, to develop building and site plans for the recycling center.
Commissioner Mark Gazarek said two buildings are falling apart at the center on East Sandusky Street. One of the buildings is used for storage and the other is used to house equipment for grinding glass.
“I use Litter Landing, too, and I think we all could agree that it is not big enough for the traffic it needs to accommodate,” Gazarek said.
For years, Gazarek said, the goal has been to build a second Litter Landing on the west side of town. That idea is no longer being pursued, he said.
“So, we thought we should focus on fixing up the current location,” Gazarek said.
Peterman will be paid $12,370 for the plans.
Separately Thursday, the commissioners approved five change orders, totaling $19,661, with Studer-Oberinger of New Washington, general contractor for the new county garage. The company is being paid $2.7 million for the work.
Most of the additional expense is due to specifications omitted from the original bid documents, including electric service to fuel pumps, larger electric breakers for welding outlets, additional electric outlets, additional radiant floor heat, and a larger waterline to increase volume for a hose used to clean out truck dump beds.
The 32,800-square-foot garage, located at 1900 Lima Ave., is near completion. It is being paid for with motor vehicle and gasoline tax money.