By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Another step in Hancock County government’s strategic planning process will be a followup workshop with Six Disciplines Consulting Services personnel next month.

The county will pay $2,500 for the session, which will include representatives from 11 county departments.

In January, the county’s updated long-term (10 years or beyond) strategic plan was unveiled and included expansion of the county jail, construction of a new probate/juvenile court building, improving roads at critical locations for emergency vehicle access during emergencies, and continued flood-reduction efforts.

The plan also emphasized increasing the rainy day fund for emergencies.

Fourteen elected county officials, representing 11 departments, have been discussing the issue since 2017, Commissioner Brian Robertson said during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the commissioners.

The five main areas outlined in the strategic plan include:

• Financial stewardship and fiscal responsibility;

• Capital improvements and infrastructure;

• Improving lives and quality of life in Hancock County;

• Safety and security;

• Recruiting, retaining and training quality people.

Goals under the financial heading are to increase the county’s revenue stream, increase working capital and enlarge the rainy day fund.

Goals in the capital improvements and infrastructure area are: probate/juvenile court construction; elevating transportation corridors; expanding the jail; centralizing record retention; and repaving roads and bridges.

Under the heading of improving lives and quality of life in Hancock County are: improving child welfare in Hancock County, and the flood mitigation river-benching project.

Safety and security goals are: reconstruction of the west entrance of the Hancock County Courthouse; reducing the number of homicides; and addressing mental health and substance abuse issues.

Goals for recruiting, retaining and training quality people are: managing the cost of labor and benefits; reducing voluntary turnover; reducing work-related injuries; and improving employee satisfaction.

An updated plan for the sheriff’s office, developed in 2015, will be included in the updated county strategic plan.

Separetely, sanitary sewer work being done by Helms and Son Construction, and paid for by the City of Findlay, is finished in the area where “benching” of the Blanchard River bank is being done by the same company.

Two manholes have to be tied in to the sewer lines, Steve Wilson, project coordinator with the county, told the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday.

Meanwhile, riffle structures in the river, which are lower than the previously removed low-head dams, are being installed in the river and heavy equipment is in the river to handle the work.

American Electric Power will move transmission lines west of a former tire dump as part of the work, too, Wilson said.

Separately, the commissioners held an executive session to discuss potential litigation and potential real estate acquisition. No action was taken.

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