By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Discussions have started with a company that could take glass at Litter Landing, the recycling center overseen by the Hancock County commissioners.

During a brief update to the commissioners Thursday, Courtney Comstock, director of the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District, said a Wyandot County company has shown interest in picking up glass at the recycling center. The county hopes this service would at least break even.

The recycling center quit accepting glass in recent years because there was no market for it.

If the glass recycling service is reinstated, there would be no separation of glass types required, as was previously necessary, she said.

Separately, Comstock said a baler is operational at Litter Landing and a new conveyor for the unit should be installed in July.

Comstock is also seeking an additional truck to transport the “roll-off” recycling containers located at various sites around the county. A truck recently caught fire and an insurance payment is pending for a replacement.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said the recycling center’s operations are funded with landfill revenue, not with sales tax or property tax revenue.

Separately, the commissioners approved spending $8,500 so Peterman Associates can do an electrical and heating/ventilating/air conditioning study of the probate/juvenile court building in Dorney Plaza. The company is updating design plans for improvements to the building, and recently requested commissioner authorization for an additional inspection of the two systems.

The commissioners also approved transferring more than $270,511 in sales and use tax receipts for May from the general fund to the Flood Mitigation Capital Projects Fund. The commissioners each month move receipts from a one-quarter percent sales tax to the designated fund for flood-reduction efforts.

The 10-year voter-approved tax expires at year-end. The commissioners have taken no action to continue the funding source beyond this year.

Final receipts from the tax will be received during the first quarter of 2019.

The commissioners also held several executive sessions, one to discuss potential real estate acquisition, and one to discuss compensation and discipline of county personnel.

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