By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Jerry Greiner, president of Northwestern Water and Sewer District, updated the Hancock County commissioners Thursday about plans for McComb’s new sewage treatment plant, which is expected to be built by the fall of 2019.

McComb joined the water and sewer district, based in Bowling Green, in 2016.

Danis Building Construction Co., Miamisburg, will begin construction on the new $7 million plant, Greiner said. The plant will be funded with a $2.5 million grant and a $4.5 million loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The plant should meet the village’s needs for 20-30 years, he said.

Separately, Greiner said a second waterline was installed to Hearthside Foods to assist the village’s largest employer with its operations.

Separately, the commissioners approved a resolution to transfer about $311,117 in additional sales and use tax from the general fund to the flood mitigation capital projects fund. The amount is the July payment received from the state and is revenue from a quarter-percent sales tax used for flood reduction efforts. The tax is set to expire at the end of the year.

The commissioners also approved a resolution to provide an easement and right of way to Ohio Power Co. for installation of an electric power line extension at the county landfill, necessary for installation of a leachate pump. The electric line extension and underground work will cost about $12,958.

Separately, Steve Wilson, project manager with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, said as part of the Blanchard River widening project in Findlay, the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership has been notified of a $97,000 grant for mitigation of a small area of wetlands. The widening project is expected to disturb a small area of wetlands.

When wetlands are disturbed during construction projects, the state Environmental Protection Agency requires the wetlands to be replaced elsewhere.

Separately, the commissioners approved a resolution for a nearly $51,000 change order for the county/township road resurfacing contract with Shelly Co., for completion of additional work.

The county’s share of the nearly $842,000 contract is about $627,280. Several townships and the state Public Works Commission pay the remainder.

Also, a resolution was approved, with Commissioner Tim Bechtol abstaining, for an agreement with Peterman Associates, a surveying and engineering company, to design the McComb-Schroll Single Ditch maintenance project. The $48,250 contract will be paid with motor vehicle/gas tax funds, not general fund money.

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