The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday to hire Quinn Concrete Construction Co., Toledo, to complete this year’s Community Development Block Grant sidewalk repair and replacement project.

Sidewalks will be installed in Arcadia, Mount Cory and Benton Ridge and funded with $117,000 in federal block grant funds received by the county. The work was estimated at $120,000.

It was the only bid received and was reviewed by Hancock Regional Planning Commission, which oversees the block grant program.

Also, commissioner President Brian Robertson said he is continuing to discuss the county jail overcrowding conditions with county courts and Findlay Municipal Court judges. The board is expected to discuss the matter at Tuesday’s regular commissioners’ meeting.

Commissioner Tim Bechtol requested continued community dialogue about the issue.

“We have tremendous need for incarceration,” Bechtol said.

Robertson said from the state’s perspective, a sales tax is the funding source for jail expansion. Last year, county voters turned down a ballot issue to fund jail expansion and maintenance and construct a county office building. The county has borrowed money to handle the jail maintenance issues, necessary to continue state certification of the 30-year-old structure.

“If we stop investing in safety, 10-20 years from now we may see some of the same issues,” facing other area communities, Robertson said, such as lost industry.

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