A proposed drainage project that would benefit the Western Meadows subdivision, on Findlay’s west side, was discussed Tuesday during a public hearing at the Hancock County engineer’s assembly room.

A petition filed by Philip Ridenour seeks to have an outlet line built from Nevada Lane, on the northern edge of the subdivision, to the area of Ohio 12 and Hancock County 140. The line is necessary because of a crushed drainage tile in the area.

Ridenour said the outlet line is needed to prevent flooded streets in the subdivision; health concerns over standing water and sanitary sewer issues; and property damage to residences and roads.

Several letters voiced concern about the project being paid for through assessments, but those letters were not signed.

The hearing, held to determine whether the project should move to the planning stage, was continued after Dale Schimmoeller proposed that the outlet line be extended down West Sandusky Street (Hancock County 88) “to benefit all in the watershed.”

Doug Cade, assistant county engineer, said the project cost estimate, without the West Sandusky Street extension, was about $270,000, plus $40,000 for engineering and a 10 percent contingency.

The engineer’s department recommends construction of the outlet ditch and maintenance of the project, Cade said. He cited flood reduction and accelerated drainage as two reasons.

If the commissioners approve Ridenour’s petition, then design work would be done, he said.

About a dozen residents attended the session, and several spoke against the project. Craig Kidd said the area was a swamp in 1981 and he did not have the problems with flooding on his property until development was allowed in the area.

Rich Miller said the project should be the county’s responsibility.

Separately, the commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with Clean-Line, Findlay, for sealing and striping the parking lot at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles building on Hancock County 140. Cost will be $21,420.

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