By JIM MAURER

STAFF WRITER

About 140 new security cameras will be installed in county buildings, for about $285,000, once the Hancock County commissioners take action on a proposal presented Thursday during a meeting with Sheriff Michael Heldman and Tim Stuart, county information technology manager.

Vaughn Industries, Carey, will provide the cameras and installation for about $263,000, and CentraComm, Findlay, will provide the network equipment at a cost of about $22,000.

The cameras will be installed in the Hancock County Justice Center, the title office on Hancock County 140 and the county courthouse.

The commissioners are expected to consider legislation for the purchase next week and work can begin by the end of January.

Also, during a separate session with Courtney Comstock, director of Hancock County Solid Waste Management District, the commissioners were updated on the purchase of a used forklift to replace a model which quit working recently.

Last week, she provided bids for the forklift, but the commissioners requested a change in the tires quoted for the equipment. The bids presented Thursday did not change the company with the lowest bid. Anderson Material Hauling, Toledo, at $23,355. Forklift of Toledo, $24,400, and Miami Industrial Truck, $26,350, also submitted bids.

The commissioners are expected to consider legislation for the purchase next week.

The expense will be paid with funds generated by landfill fees and earmarked for the solid waste district.

Mike Recker, a candidate for county commissioner in the March Republican primary, inquired about the condition of the roof on the front building at Litter Landing recycling center. Comstock said they were aware of the condition, and Commissioner Tim Bechtol said there is a “scaled-back plan” for the building.

Recker also said since China is no longer taking recyclables from the U.S., there is no money in recycling. He questioned continued investment in the recycling center.

Comstock and Bechtol said Hancock County residents have indicated they want to recycle.

Comstock has been notified the county’s source for plastics will no longer accept plastics number 2, 3, 5 and 7 at least for now. So, she is searching for another source in surrounding counties.

Another example is corrugated cardboard, she said. Several years ago, the county received $120 per ton and now the price is $36 per ton. The recyclables market is cyclical, she said.

Previously, the commissioners quit accepting recyclable glass until a market could be found. Now the material is taken by truck to a location near Dayton.

Recker said he wanted the recycling center to be self-sustaining and said the recycling market may not return for 10-20 years.

Commissioner Tim Bechtol said the alternative is take the items to the county landfill, which will fill up faster.

Comstock said the county has one of the strongest county-owned recycling centers statewide. Likewise, the sanitary landfill is one of the few county-owned statewide. Some landfill fees are designated by law to fund the recycling center.

The commissioners will meet at 2:30 p.m. next Tuesday. They will attend an insurance consortium meeting in the morning when the board regularly meets.

Maurer: 419-427-8420

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