By JIM MAURER
A resolution to contract with ALL Excavating and Demolition, McComb, for removal of two buildings on Findlay’s North Main Street was approved by the Hancock County commissioners Thursday. The buildings are being demolished as part of the flood-reduction effort near the Blanchard River downtown.
The company’s bid of $59,889 was the lowest of nine bids received last week for the work at 130 and 136 N. Main St. The buildings, previously purchased by the commissioners and now vacant, are the site of the former Karl Kuhlman body shop and B & T’s Asian Market.
The contract specifies the demolition must be completed by July 31. The area on the west side of the street will be left vacant to handle floodwaters during heavy rains. With the removal of the two buildings, both sides of Main Street in the first block north of the river are nearly vacant.
Commissioner Chairman Tim Bechtol said while he hates to see historic downtown buildings destroyed, “it’s for the greater good for the rest of downtown” to have the buildings removed for flood-reduction efforts.
The commissioners also approved payment by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, which is overseeing the flood-reduction efforts, of about $71,185 to the Stantec engineering firm for overseeing the “benching” project along the north river bank. The work is designed to reduce flooding downtown by providing additional area for floodwaters to fill before reaching the bank.
Additional benching work is being considered along the north river bank from the Main Street bridge to the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, west of Main Street, and to Martin Luther King Jr. overpass, east of Main Street.
Separately, the commissioners held a closed executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.