By ERIC SCHAADT
Street and park improvements were on the agendas of several villages in Hancock County last year.
And construction of a $6.5 million sewage treatment plant is underway in McComb. It is slated to be completed in December.
This project is being overseen by the Northwestern Ohio Water and Sewer District.
Also in McComb, community officials are discussing whether there is interest in constructing a community center and establishing a community Block Watch program.
In Arlington, work was completed last fall on the first part of a project to renovate Main Street pavement that has been battered by heavy traffic. Curbs and sidewalks also are being replaced.
Accomplishments in Mount Blanchard last year included sidewalk work at the village park, donated benches being added at the park, handling of flooding issues at Island Park, and a cleanup of park ballfields.
A 25 mph limit was established downtown, lights were installed at a gazebo, and a heating system was repaired at the town hall.
Plans for 2019 in Mount Blanchard include painting the community swimming pool, upgrading restrooms at the park, painting the town hall roof, and waterline replacement.
In Van Buren, the first of three segments of a south side sewer improvement was completed last year, with phase two scheduled this year for the line between Walnut and May streets.
Vanlue removed some trees and replaced some sidewalk. Children-at-play safety signs have been obtained and will be installed once weather permits.
Lights at the Vanlue park will be upgraded this year. Street resurfacing also will be considered during 2019.
Sidewalk replacement was undertaken in Mount Cory during 2018 and is expected to continue this year. Improvements also were made at the village park and community building.
Vance Street in Rawson will be repaved come spring. Last year, Main Street was repaved and some dilapidated homes were torn down.
With help from a grant, some sidewalk replacement was undertaken in Benton Ridge last year, and more grants will be sought to continue this effort.
A Hancock Park District grant will help refurbish the interior of the shelterhouse at Benton Ridge park this year, and Village Council intends to replace curbs along Main Street.
Sealcoat pavement at the Arcadia Park will be handled this year. New classrooms are being built at Arcadia School.
Tennis courts will be sealed this year in Jenera.