Peterman Associates, Findlay, was approved by the Hancock County commissioners this week to design Western Meadows Outlet Single County Ditch improvements to alleviate water issues in the subdivision, located between Hancock County 88 (West Sandusky Street) and Ohio 12 (West Main Cross Street).

The area is in Liberty Township, just outside the Findlay city limits.

The company will be paid $41,850 and is expected to take about two months to complete the preparation and design work, which will include cost estimates.

The project has been discussed since mid-2018.

The original petition, filed by Philip Ridenour, sought to have an outlet line built from Nevada Lane on the northern edge of the subdivision to the area of Ohio 12 and Hancock County 140.

The line is needed because of crushed drainage tile in the area.

The outlet line will prevent flooded streets in the subdivision, health concerns over standing water and sanitary sewer issues, and property damage to residences and roads, Ridenour has said.

Hancock County Engineer Doug Cade estimated the original project cost at about $270,000, plus $40,000 for engineering and a 10 percent contingency.

The county will fund the project and then be reimbursed from the county’s Ditch Improvement Fund, which will receive assessment payments from the property owners.