By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved an agreement with Findlay for city water service at the county landfill.

A waterline was recently run to the landfill as part of a larger project in the area.

The agreement is required by the city for all property outside the city limits which is tied into the city water system. Non-city property owners pay a surcharge for water service.

The agreement includes a clause about possible future annexation of the landfill on Allen Township 107. But that’s unlikely anytime soon, Assistant County Prosecutor Cindy Land said, because the property is not contiguous to the city, a requirement for annexation.

Separately, the commissioners amended a previously approved resolution to extend the distance of Van Buren Township 61 that will be considered for vacation. A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 27 and a hearing will be held at 1:15 p.m. the same day. A portion of the road was vacated years ago.

Separately, a change order of $20,051 for the county road chip and seal program, being done by Ward Construction of Leipsic, was approved by the commissioners. The increase was due to additional quantities of materials used in the work.

The commissioners also approved the transfer of $352,155 in sales and use tax from the general fund to the Flood Mitigation Capital Projects Fund. The payment is for August. The tax receipts are for sales from about three months prior.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said he met with Don Moses, manager at the county landfill, about a broken field tile which runs across Hancock County 140 onto neighboring property. Moses will check on repair costs.

Gazarek also said Convention and Visitors Bureau revenue is up 9 percent from hotel/motel room rentals, but the number of rooms rented is flat. The increase is due to rate hikes, he said.

Commissioner President Brian Robertson said Red Hawk Run Community Association has inquired about traffic signs for the subdivision east of Findlay. The association will have to contact the Biglick Township trustees, who are responsible for such approval.

The commissioners also held an executive session to discuss potential real estate acquisition. No action was taken.

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