Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District will prepare bid specifications for a project to remove logjams, and trim and remove trees from the Blanchard River in the six-county area of the river’s watershed, according to the Hancock County commissioners’ office.

The commissioners will open the bids, although no date has been set. Other counties involved in the project include Allen, Hardin, Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot.

Gary Tuttle, director of the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District, has estimated it will cost $93,975 to clear 208 logjams and trim and remove 165 trees along the river.

Discussion on levying a maintenance assessment will be done after the bids are received and reviewed by Hancock Soil and Water, which will make a recommendation.

Separately, Marion Township trustees will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 31 in the township house to consider a rezoning application.

After the hearing, the Marion Township Zoning Commission will act on the rezoning request.

The rezoning of about 35.7 acres, owned by Stewart and Shelly Hengsteler of Castle Rock, Colorado, would change the R-2 (two-family residential) and B-1 (institutions and offices) zoning to M-2 (industrial).

The rezoning is being requested for installation of wind turbines.

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission previously rejected the wind turbine request, prompting the zoning board and township trustee meetings.

The application is on file for public inspection at Hancock Regional Planning Commission office in the Findlay Municipal Building from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until the public hearing on May 31; or by contacting Jeanie Ploeger, township fiscal officer, to schedule an appointment.

Separately, skylight replacement at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices on Hancock County 140, damaged in a windstorm, will be done next week which will limit access to some departments in the building.

Separately, the commissioners approved the submission of a 2018 Community Development Block Grant application for waterline improvements in Mount Blanchard.

The commissioners also approved a two-year lease, with renewal options, with Headquarters Development Co. for the Hancock County Public Defender’s Office, 100 E. Main Cross St. The county will pay $2,567 monthly.

The commissioners also approved a $29,600 change order for county/township road resurfacing with Shelly Co., Findlay.

The additional expense will cover the repair of “extreme” winter damage on Hancock County 18.

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