The Hancock County commissioners were presented several options this week to provide additional office space for Ag Credit, which leases space in the Agricultural Service Center on Hancock County 140.

Dean Recker, branch manager, met with the commissioners to discuss the agency’s lease, which expires Dec. 31.

Recker presented several options for the commissioners to consider.

One option would keep the existing space in the south end of the building and Ag Credit would look for a new, larger location in several years.

The second option would be renovation of the building to provide additional space for the financial organization, which would then seek a long-term lease that would pay for the renovations.

A third option would be for Ag Credit to purchase the building from the county and renovate it, at the agency’s expense. Existing tenants would remain.

Other tenants include Ohio State University Extension Service; Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District; and various federal agencies under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A fourth option would be for Ag Credit to purchase property on Hancock County 140 from the county and construct a new building.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said state law prohibits the county from selling land directly to one entity. It would require a public auction, he said.

Commissioner President Brian Robertson said transferring property to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority may be a possibility, but that would require discussions with the county prosecutor’s office.

No action was taken, and discussions will continue.

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