By JIM MAURER

STAFF WRITER

A representative of Garmann Miller architects/engineers, Minster, discussed a timeline for the new court building with the Hancock County commissioners during a meeting Tuesday.

The estimated $9 million probate/juvenile court building will be constructed on a county-owned parking lot on West Main Cross Street, adjacent to the U.S. post office.

Kasey Corbet, an architect with the firm, said the firm plans to meet with Findlay’s Downtown Design Review Board for approval on April 8, about a week after filing an application for the building.

Design decisions and cost estimates are expected by May 7 and plans are to seek planning commission approval April 16.

Construction/plan approval documents will be finalized by July 16, according to the schedule, with advertisement July 30 and bid documents released Aug. 3. The bid opening is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 25. Construction could start about a month after the bid opening. The building will take about a year to complete.

Officials have determined there is sufficient space for domestic relations court to locate in the building following consultation on March 6. That court is currently housed in the Hancock County Courthouse.

Additional work will focus on the security entrance and holding area, furniture and interior finishes, heating/ventilating air conditioning plumbing requirements and construction details.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson suggested the building be named for former probate/juvenile court Judge Allan H. Davis, who served more than 40 years on the bench. He died in 2018. The commissioners will consider the request.

Separately, the commissioners approved a resolution for solicitation of bids for sidewalk replacement in Jenera and McComb and resurfacing of a parking lot in McComb.

Bids will be sought separately for the sidewalk work and the parking lot project and as a combination for all the work, according to Lizzy Hile, grants administrator for Hancock Regional Planning Commission.

The construction will be funded with a Community Development Block Grant.

The county is eligible for $150,000, according to information from Hancock Regional Planning Commission.

Previously, in Mount Blanchard, part of the funds were mentioned for municipal swimming pool bathroom upgrades, but the project wasn’t included in the resolution approved Tuesday.

In November, Hancock Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved $10,000 for a Community Park Improvement grant for Mount Blanchard toward the renovation of the restrooms at the swimming pool in Island Park.

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