By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Hancock County commissioners approved contracts for the county Emergency Management Agency to provide services to various townships, villages and the City of Findlay, during the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

The cost will be 45 cents per person, which represents no change in the annual contract, said Cindy Land, assistant county prosecutor.

For instance, with a population of about 41,000, Findlay pays about $18,450 annually for the service.

Back in the 1990s, the county decided to have a countywide agency for emergency management rather than contract with each subdivision that wanted to participate, Land said.

Separately, the commissioners approved about $34,104 for the purchase of six rolloff containers for the county landfill. Each container costs about $5,684 and will be purchased from Wastequip, a North Carolina-based company, which has previously provided similar products to the county.

Another annual expense prior to spring is a contract with Federal Field Services, Wauseon, for maintenance inspections of the county’s warning siren system. Cost is about $4,675. Villages and townships are responsible for any repair costs.

The commissioners also signed off on the January bill of about $4,175 submitted by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, which is overseeing flood-reduction efforts; and about $769,316 from Helms and Sons Excavating, Findlay, for “benching” work on the Blanchard River, which is still ongoing.

Commissioner Brian Robertson, who announced Wednesday he will seek the Republican Party nomination for Findlay mayor in the May primary, said it “has been an honor and a privilege to serve the county, but it hasn’t been without some heavy lifting.”

He cited flood mitigation and the imposition of the quarter-percent sales tax, approved to provide a financial source for funding county jail expansion and other items.

Robertson is serving his second term as commissioner. If elected mayor, he will complete this year as commissioner, one year short of a four-year term.

The commissioners also held an executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken after the closed-door meeting.

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