An agreement with the state Water Pollution Control Loan Fund was approved by the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday. The action allows the county to apply for funds to repair and replace home sewage treatment systems.

The county is eligible for about $150,000 through the program, which has been offered for several years and assists residential income-eligible property owners with septic system repairs and replacement. Sometimes owners pay a portion of the expense, while other times the work is paid entirely by the grant.

The agreement, through the state Environmental Protection Agency, allows homeowners with failing septic systems to receive 50, 85 or 100 percent funding for repairs or replacement.

The program was previously handled by the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership. In recent years, about 20 sewer systems have been repaired or replaced throughout the county.

Separately, Liberty-Benton schools Superintendent Mark Kowalski invited the commissioners to the district’s “State of the School” address at 7 p.m. March 11 in the high school cafetorium.

He also reminded the commissioners a $45.6 million project will be on the May 7 ballot to fund a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade building and renovations to the high school. An auditorium/performing arts area would also be constructed as part of the project.

The 6.8-mill, 35-year bond issue and a 0.5-mill continuing levy for building maintenance would cover the school district’s more than $25.5 million share of the project. The state will fund the remainder.

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

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