By DENISE GRANT
A Richard Avenue property will soon be established as a new group home for adults with developmental disabilities.
The house, at 1533 Richard Ave., has been used as an adult day care by the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities. It will be converted to a group home by October.
The board of disabilities is prohibited from both owning and operating a group home. It is expected to deed the property to Hancock Community Housing Inc., a nonprofit formed in 2001 to provide affordable housing to adults with disabilities. In 2012, the nonprofit reported assets valued at $507,609.
Separately, the county will continue to provide public defenders to represent indigent people charged with a violation of Findlay’s ordinances. A contract with the city of Findlay was renewed by the commissioners on Tuesday. The city will pay $95,000 for the services in the 2014 calendar year.
Separately, the commissioners agreed to pay $40,000, plus $1,000 in closing costs, to purchase 100-102 Smith St. as part of the county’s flood mitigation project. The property is owned by David and Patty Scarbrough.
More than $6.3 million in federal, state and local tax dollars has been spent to purchase and raze more than 100 structures, mostly flood-prone houses and a few commercial buildings, along the Blanchard River in Findlay and Ottawa. The properties were bought by the Hancock County commissioners, by Findlay and Ottawa, and by the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership.
So far, the purchases have been limited to properties in the floodway that repeatedly flood with at least 4 feet of water.
Separately, a contract worth $9,350 was awarded to Heitmeyer Concrete Construction, Findlay, for a sidewalk replacement project in the village of Rawson.
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