County approves purchase of flood-prone property

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

A flood-prone property at 519 E. High St. was purchased Thursday by the Hancock County commissioners.

The commissioners approved a resolution to purchase the property from Henry Lowe of Findlay for $36,000, plus up to $2,000 in closing costs. The building, located between East Sandusky and East Main Cross streets, will be demolished.

The purchase will be from the flood-reduction account maintained by the county. The fund receives monthly revenue from a 0.25 percent sales tax previously approved by voters.

Separately Thursday, a final walk-through of the foundation drainage improvement project around the Hancock County Courthouse was conducted by the commissioners and county personnel, and the project received good reviews.

The drainage project cost more than $349,000.

Heyne Construction, Minster, was the contractor. The company previously completed a similar project at the Auglaize County Courthouse in Wapakoneta.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said the company’s “experience with that age of building was very helpful” in completion of the Hancock County project.

Construction of the Auglaize County Courthouse was completed in 1894, while the Hancock County Courthouse was completed in 1888.

Separately, Commissioner Tim Bechtol attended the Downtown Findlay Improvement District monthly meeting Thursday, where discussion included plans to install a cardboard recycling container within walking distance of the area’s businesses.

Location of the container has not been decided, Bechtol said, but it would be a closed container with slots for insertion of only cardboard.

Earlier this week, the commissioners approved a change order of more than $24,451 in additional expense for sidewalk installation in Arcadia and Rawson. The Community Development Block Grant-funded project cost will increase to about $60,000.

The money is federal funds funneled through the state. Quinn Concrete Construction Co., Toledo, is doing the work.

Maurer: 419-427-8420
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