Larry Lundy, owner of G.I.B.S. Sanitation Service in Fostoria, told the Hancock County commissioners Thursday that the company plans to offer a curbside recycling service in Hancock County next year.

The company has received a grant from the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste Management District, Fremont, to undertake the service, he said, but he wondered if the service would affect the county’s trash tonnage at the Hancock County landfill.

Lundy expects 20 percent of the trash his business collects to be removed from the “waste stream” as recyclable material.

While the company does business in Findlay and surrounding counties, since the grant is with a separate solid waste district, the recyclable material will be taken to Seneca County for recycling, he said.

He wondered if the recycled materials should be split among the Seneca and Hancock County solid waste districts.

The commissioners suggested he attend an upcoming quarterly meeting of the Hancock County Solid Waste District to discuss the issue. The county will inform Lundy about the meeting date.

Separately, the commissioners approved a resolution, with Commissioner Mark Gazarek absent, to increase the design and bid preparation expense for improvements to the county juvenile/probate court building, at 308 Dorney Plaza, by $9,000. The total contract, with the additional funds, will be more than $42,500.

Tim Bechtol, an architect with Peterman Associates, is preparing bid documents for renovations to improve building security and also upgrade the second floor of the 149-year-old building.

Another resolution approved by the commissioners will allow county Engineer Chris Long to submit an application for state funding for a storm sewer relocation at Hancock County 140 and Ohio 12.

Mini-storage buildings are planned at the intersection, which will interfere with the existing sewer.

Separately, the commissioners held an executive session for the stated purpose of discussing pending litigation, and contracts for the sanitary engineer and project manager. Steve Wilson, former county engineer, holds both positions now. No action was taken by the commissioners after the session.

Also, letters have been prepared for villages and Findlay for a proclamation designating the county as a Purple Heart Community.

The designation will honor those who have received the military honor.

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