A budget for various repairs at the Hancock County jail should be done by Friday, James Sammet, county maintenance supervisor, told the commissioners during a meeting Tuesday.

The list of projects will include metal roofing, masonry, painting, doors, plumbing, and mechanical.

Projects being done at the jail will be paid for with funds borrowed by the county.

Commissioner Tim Bechtol said companies “can bid all components or select individual components.”

The commissioners and Sammet went into closed executive session to discuss improvements involving security issues at the jail. No action was taken.

Separately, Sammet said a soundproof door in Jury Room 2 in the Hancock County Courthouse needs to be replaced. That and other projects at the courthouse, requested by common pleas court, will be paid for with court funds or clerk of court funds.

The commissioners also held a closed executive session to discuss potential real estate acquisition with Phil Johnson, assistant county prosecutor, and Steve Wilson, project manager with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. No action was taken.

County officials are continuing to discuss the purchase of flood-prone properties. Once purchased, the properties are demolished, graded and seeded, and the area left vacant to handle floodwaters and reduce property damage.

Separately, construction on the horizontal expansion at the county landfill has begun, said Wilson, who is the sanitary engineer at the landfill. Work will continue through the summer.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a corrected version of this story.