A public meeting was held Thursday on the proposed Western Meadows Subdivision drainage project, which has been delayed by a request to expand the project area.

The Western Meadows Subdivision is located between Ohio 12 and Hancock County 88 (Sandusky Street) on the western edge of Findlay.

Philip Ridenour filed the original petition, which sought 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.

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.

At a June 5 hearing on that request, Dale Schimmoeller proposed the outlet line be extended along Cramer Ditch down Hancock County 88 to Ohio 12. He proposed the amendment “to benefit all in the watershed.”

That request changed the original plans and meant the hearing process had to begin again, prompting the need for Thursday’s hearing, which was held to explain the amendment to the original petition.

At two more hearings, public comments will be accepted. The first hearing will be at 11 a.m. on Sept. 4.

The county engineer’s office estimated the cost of the original request at about $270,000, plus $40,000 for engineering and a 10 percent contingency. No cost figures were given Thursday for the amended project. Property owners would be assessed for the cost.

Prior to the proposed change, the engineer’s office had recommended construction of the outlet ditch and maintenance of the project, according to Doug Cade, assistant county engineer. He cited flood reduction and accelerated drainage as two benefits.

If the commissioners approve the amended petition, then design work would begin, Cade has said.

Cade said the subdivision’s watershed does not include the nearby Dold subdivision.

Underground drainage tile along the proposed route dates from 1893, 1905 and 1945, he said.

Earlier Thursday, the commissioners approved a resolution for a $4,061 change order for Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold, for replacement of a bridge on Hancock County 139. The additional funds will be paid from motor vehicle and gasoline taxes, not general fund money. The project total is about $416,139.

Separately, the commissioners approved the 2019 Ohio Public Works Commission road resurfacing grant application. The application for state funds, which pay for a portion of the work, includes three projects: Hancock County 330, from Ohio 568 to U.S. 224; Hancock County 226, from Hancock County 262 to the Fostoria corporation limits; and Hancock County 86, from Hancock County 16 to Ohio 235.

The work is estimated at $687,619, according to Cade. If approved, the state will pay 50 percent of the project costs, he said, and the remainder will be paid from the county engineer’s motor vehicle gas tax account, not the general fund.

The commissioners also received a letter from Diana Hoover, director of Hancock County Job and Family Services, stating that she will retire at the end of this year.

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