By JIM MAURER
A flood-prone property at 329 E. Main Cross St. has been purchased by Hancock County commissioners with the use of flood mitigation funds.
The property will be demolished.
Phil Johnson, assistant Hancock County prosecutor, said the county has discussed the purchase for several years and the property, owned by LinDox Limited of Findlay, was damaged in the July flood. The purchase price was $57,000.
Separately Thursday, the commissioners approved a contract with Kershner Excavating, McComb, for installation of a sanitary sewer treatment system at a residence in the 22000 block of Hancock County 7, Alvada. Cost will be about $10,790 for the system and $11,439 for the project. The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership has grant funds which cover the expense.
Phil Martin, coordinator with the watershed partnership, updated the commissioners on the organization’s activities and grants. The county provides the organization $5,000 annually, and Martin requested a three-year renewal of the agreement for 2018 through 2020. The commissioners verbally supported the extension, but took no action.
Elaine Reynolds was introduced as the watershed partnership board’s new president.
The commissioners also held an executive session to discuss potential real estate acquisition.
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