By JIM MAURER
The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved a “road use maintenance agreement” between Rover Pipeline and the Washington Township trustees, for use of township roads by oversized and heavy truckloads during construction of the Rover Pipeline through the northeastern corner of the township.
The agreement has been approved by the county engineer, prosecutor and the township trustees, said Cindy Land, with the county prosecutor’s office.
The natural gas pipeline will pass through portions of Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Henry counties, among 18 Ohio and nine Michigan counties. It will transport domestically-produced natural gas from West Virginia and Pennsylvania across portions of Ohio and Michigan to Ontario, Canada.
Separately, the commissioners denied a petition to vacate a portion of Pleasant Township 106. A hearing was held last week to vacate a portion of the road. But property along the road has been divided and vacation of the road would create a land-locked parcel, Land said.
The commissioners also approved an agreement with Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission for administration of a Community Housing and Impact Preservation Program grant for 2016-2018. The grant provides income-eligible residents with property improvements and provides affordable housing for low- and moderate-income citizens.
Also, the commissioners approved an agreement with Hancock Regional Planning Commission for administration of Community Development Block Grant funds, federal money funneled through the state for various projects which benefit low- to moderate-income residents. The agreement covers this year and 2018.
The commissioners approved extension of an agreement with Montgomery County for microfilming Hancock County Probate Court records. The commissioners approved an agreement last fall, but the work has not been finished, so the extension was necessary, Land said.
The commissioners also set 11 a.m. Feb. 7 to view a proposed vacation of a portion of Commerce Parkway and Lansing Avenue in Liberty Township. A hearing on the proposal will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room on the first floor of their South Main Street offices.
Lansing Avenue is a street which has not been developed at the end of Commerce Parkway. The vacation would be about 400 feet of Commerce Parkway and Lansing Avenue. The owners of four lots sought the vacation, but did not get enough signatures of surrounding property owners, Land said. But the commissioners can vacate the property via a resolution.
The commissioners also held an executive session for the stated purposes of discussing potential real estate acquisition and personnel. No action was taken.
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