By JIM MAURER
Hancock County Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday to submit an application for $750,000 fiscal year 2020 (through Sept. 30) federal housing improvement funds to be shared with the City of Findlay.
The Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP) grant application will be prepared by Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Fremont, which will administer the grant, too.
Also, the commissioners approved a contract with Bluffton Aeration Service, Inc. for $1,738 to repair a septic system at a Hancock County 304 residence near Forest. The contract requires the homeowner to pay 50 percent of the expense, which has been done.
On a separate grant application, the commissioners approved a Critical Infrastructure Grant agreement, through the Community Development Block Grant program, being handled by Hancock Regional Planning Commission. The county will have to contribute to the grant, but the amount will be determined and amendments will be presented as necessary.
Letters of support were signed for Hancock County Raise the Bar workforce development’s Ohio Industry Sector Grant application through the Ohio Development Services Agency, too.
Also, demolition of the parking lot at 122 Jefferson St. has begun, Commissioner Tim Bechtol said. The county-owned building will be demolished as part of the flood-reduction efforts.
Commissioner President Mark Gazarek said the county has a “continuity of operation plan” for personnel and departments to follow in case of an emergency, such as the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The plan was developed in 2011. He said department heads will meet and additional information will be released as available.