Hancock County will soon be seeking bids for replacement of the sliding doors on some first-floor cells and some second-floor cells in the county jail, Commissioner President Tim Bechtol said Tuesday.

Bids will be sought later this month and the work will likely be done in March.

The project is being funded with a portion of the $1.5 million the commissioners previously borrowed for jail repairs, with an estimated $1 million earmarked for the sliding doors.

Separately Tuesday, the commissioners approved the annual lease with the county Department of Job and Family Services for a county-owned building on Hancock County 140.

The department will pay about $61,140 to lease the more than 22,000-square-foot building. The dollar amount is based on maintenance and depreciation costs.

The commissioners also met with Precia Stuby, executive director of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, and ADAMHS board members Mark Rimelspach and Rosalie King, for a quarterly update.

A previously announced federal “system of care” grant, for $1 million annually for four years, was effective Oct. 1, Stuby said. There were six grants provided nationwide.

There have been four other grants provided in Ohio over the 25 years of the federal grant program.

Also, a screening process is being utilized for the county jail, Stuby said, to ensure “only (individuals) are in jail who need to be there.”

The ADAMHS board wants to provide mental health and addiction services to ensure “they don’t return (to jail).”

Commissioner Brian Robertson said the screening process also is meant to reduce jail costs.

Stuby said bids will be sought for construction of a new building on Crystal Avenue to provide housing for pregnant women. It will be near the Tree Line Recovery Center.

Bechtol said the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board has a recovery resource guide available in English and Spanish.

Separately, ADAMHS board member John Kissh will step down by June 30, and the commissioners will name a replacement by then.

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