By JIM MAURER

STAFF WRITER

Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved the purchase of two International dual tandem trucks at a cost of $195,816 for use by the county engineer’s department.

The trucks will replace existing 1998 Ford and 2004 Sterling vehicles.

The trucks will cost $97,908 each and will be purchased from Rush Truck Center, Lima, through the state transportation department’s cooperative buying program.

The commissioners also approved an agreement with Bigelow Glass Inc., Findlay, for the installation of two exterior replacement doors and frames at the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles building, 8210 Hancock County 140. Cost will be about $7,700.

Separately, two resolutions were approved to establish new capital project fund accounts within the county budget, as requested by the state auditor, for expenses related to construction of a county probate/juvenile court and expansion/improvement to the county jail. Planning continues on both projects, which are being funded with money from the one-quarter percent sales tax.

Also, Commissioner Brian Robertson said the Hancock Regional Planning Commission board Wednesday unanimously approved revisions to the county subdivision regulations. He said it has been a three-year process and there will be a public hearing prior to the August planning commission meeting.

The regulations will be reviewed by the county commissioners, who also must give their approval.

The commissioners also signed a proclamation honoring pretrial, probation and parole supervision employees during the week of July 21-27, as recognized by the American Probation and Parole Association. The county adult probation department includes 14 employees and is under the jurisdiction of county common pleas court. Kim Switzer is director of court services and chief probation officer.

About 20 individuals attended a ceremony in the county courthouse, followed by a picture of the group taken as they stood on the front steps of the courthouse.

Maurer: 419-427-8420

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