By JIM MAURER
Hancock County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the City of Findlay for flood-reduction improvements “related to various transportation corridors in Findlay,” according to the resolution.
Findlay City Council approved a similar resolution last week.
The initial streets for improvements to minimize the impact of high water during flooding are: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way; East Sandusky Street (Ohio 568) at Hancock County 180 and at Lye Creek near the county fairgrounds; and Western Avenue at Findlay Street near Rawson Park.
The goal of the transportation corridor improvements, officials have said, is to minimize road closures during a major flood, not to keep them dry.
“This is another tremendous step forward for us,” Commissioner President Tim Bechtol said.
The county previously approved studies for improvements to the overpass and along East Sandusky Street. The design plan for the overpass is expected by August, said Steve Wilson, project manager for the commissioners.
As part of the agreement, the county will pay for preliminary engineering, detail design, construction and land acquisition, if necessary, and gives the city access to the properties.
Funding will come from a previously collected sales tax which expired at year-end 2018. The account has a balance of more than $11 million.
Meanwhile, the city will contract for the work and the land acquisition and use the county’s funds. The city also will provide any necessary city-owned property for the work at no cost to the county.
The city will maintain all improvements and provide legal and administrative services to acquire any privately-owned property, while the county will pay any closing costs on any property purchase.
Separately, the commissioners approved three resolutions for construction and maintenance of ditches in three subdivisions: Deer Landing First Addition, Glenmar Second Addition Plat 2, and Glenmar First Addition Plat 2.
Property owners will pay the costs for the improvements and a maintenance fee to establish a fund for regular maintenance of ponds and off-road rights of way.
Developers of all three subdivision recently had plats recorded at the county recorder’s office.
Also, Hancock County Veterans Service office is looking to move from its East Main Cross Street location into the “cottages” behind the county Educational Services Center on Hancock 140.
Hancock Public Health will move from the services center in the fall to a remodeled, former roller skating rink on East Melrose Avenue.
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