By JIM MAURER
A new two-year contract with the Hancock County Humane Society for dog warden services was approved this week by the Hancock County commissioners.
The county will pay $21,000 monthly, which is $252,000 annually, for the agreement, effective Dec. 1 through Nov. 30, 2020.
The humane society will provide housing, care, feeding and disposition of all dogs in its care.
Separately, the commissioners approved a resolution ranking the four architectural companies that are vying to design the new probate/juvenile court building in downtown Findlay.
The four companies, and the order of ranking, are: Garmann Miller and Associates, Minster; K2M Design, Cleveland; Schooley Caldwell Associates, Columbus; and Axiom Architects, Columbus.
The commissioners heard presentations from each of the companies last month on their qualifications for the work.
Negotiations on a contract will begin soon with Garmann Miller personnel. If no agreement is reached, then the commissioners will move down the list, negotiating with the companies in order until reaching an agreement.
The new building will be constructed on county-owned land downtown. The existing probate/juvenile court building will be retained for records storage. The county has been seeking a location for record storage, which is required by law.
Also, the commissioners approved the annexation of about 15 acres of Pleasant Township property, owned mainly by McComb and the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, to the village. A portion of the property is where the village’s new sewage treatment plant is under construction.
The water and sewer district had petitioned for the annexation.
Separately, a committee has been established and will begin interviews next week to replace Diana Hoover as director of Hancock County Job and Family Services, said Commissioner President Brian Robertson. Hoover is retiring Dec. 31 after 31 years with the county agency.
The commissioners also approved an amendment to a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund grant contract with A and D Excavating, New Riegel, to install a home sewage system on a property on Hancock County 216 near Fostoria. The contracted cost is $10,500. Total cost, with permits, will be $11,303.
The contractor previously requested an extension from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30 to complete the project. The commissioners had no objections to the extension.
The owner has paid a 15 percent share of the project, as required by the grant received for such projects through the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership. The grant is administered by the Hancock Regional Planning Commission.
A special meeting was set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the commissioners’ first-floor conference room, 514 S. Main St., to discuss the E.E. Dreitzler Single County Tile Project with personnel from the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District.