By JIM MAURER
The Hancock County commissioners approved the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan for the county Job and Family Services agency during a regular meeting Thursday.
The vehicle is being purchased from Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and costs $23,646. The vehicle will be funded with a grant received by the county agency.
Separately, the commissioners approved settlement of a claim for “alleged damage” to a vehicle during an accident with a county-owned vehicle. The county will pay about $1,430 to settle the “fender-bender” accident.
The commissioners also approved a resolution recommended by the county engineer’s office to require a “blanket” maintenance bond agreement of 100 percent for at least one year on infrastructure installed in subdivisions, such as roads, water and sewer lines. This particular request was for the Glenmar subdivision in Liberty Township, but the engineer’s office requested the action cover all new construction in subdivisions.
The commissioners also appointed Gregory B. Meyers to the Hancock County Law Library Board through Dec. 31, 2019. He replaces William Wenner.
Separately, Cindy Land, an attorney in the county prosecutor’s office, said the county’s contract with the Findlay-Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau expires at year-end 2018. The three-year contract, with a one-year extension, provides the bureau with 3 percent of the hotel/motel “bed” tax collected on stays in the county.
The county has provided the funding for at least 20 years. In 2017, the tax provided the convention and visitors bureau with about $650,000, according to the agency’s annual report.
Several years ago, the commissioners approved an additional 3 percent tax under a separate section of state law. Those funds are split evenly between the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and the Hancock County Agricultural Society, which recently opened a community building at the county fairgrounds paid for with bed tax revenue.
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