By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

The Hancock County commissioners will open bids Sept. 6 for replacement of a boiler in the county jail.

The current equipment is nearly 30 years old and the county wants to have the work done before winter.

Separately Tuesday, the commissioners approved a maintenance agreement between Washington Township and Rover Pipeline for repair of road damage that occurred during construction of a natural gas pipeline. The commissioners and the township had to sign the agreement.

The commissioners approved the agreement with the pipeline company in January.

The commissioners also approved a resolution for annexation of Marion Township property to the City of Findlay.

A hearing on the annexation request was held Aug. 16. Richard and Brenda Binner, 625 H St., sought annexation of about 0.27 acre, which is contiguous to the city.

A majority of their property is within the city, but about one-third is in Marion Township. They want to develop the property and requested the change.

The vacant property is on Lone Tree Drive in the Pine Ridge subdivision in Marion Township.

The commissioners also set 11 a.m. Sept. 27 for viewing a portion of Van Buren Township 61, which the commissioners have been asked to vacate. A hearing on the request will be held at 1:15 p.m. the same day.

The southern portion of the road was vacated in 1984, but the northern portion was not vacated. Now, the vacation can be done without landlocking properties in the area.

The request will be forwarded to the county engineer’s office for review and a recommendation.

Separately, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District has requested annexation of some Pleasant Township property to McComb. A hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in the commissioners’ first-floor hearing room

Also, a request for the qualifications of architects interested in designing a probate/juvenile court building will be advertised this week. The building would be constructed on county-owned property in downtown Findlay.

Rising costs for renovating the existing court building in Dorney Plaza caused the commissioners to reconsider that project and move toward new construction.

The existing building, which has served as a church, Findlay Publishing Co. headquarters, and sheriff’s office over the years, will be retained for county records storage.

Maurer: 419-427-8420
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