A public meeting to discuss the planned widening of the Blanchard River in Findlay, part of the flood-control effort, drew a small and agreeable crowd Wednesday night.

About 50 people attended the meeting held at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary TLB Auditorium.

During the nearly hour-long meeting, Stantec engineers detailed plans for the project.

Work to clear trees from about 12.8 acres along the river is set to begin Feb. 1.

Bids to begin excavating about 4,000 feet of land along the river will most likely be sought in July, with work to begin in August. It has previously been reported that this riverbank “benching” would stretch for about 2,000 feet.

The entire project could be completed by August 2019 if all goes well, said Adam Hoff, a principal engineer with Stantec.

Hoff will said a lot will depend on how well the project fares through the regulatory process. He said the paperwork for all the required permits has been filed. The goal is to have them all issued by this summer.