Hancock County to pay river maintenance assessment

Posted on: October 5, 2018, by :

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The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday rescinded a resolution approved earlier this month to assess Hancock County property owners $1 each to replenish a Blanchard River maintenance fund.

In a separate resolution, the commissioners agreed to pay the assessment from the county’s flood mitigation funds. Other counties in the river’s watershed have agreed to similar actions.

The commissioners had approved the assessment at their Sept. 5 meeting for the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Project. Similar actions were taken by commissioners in the five other counties in the watershed — Hardin, Putnam, Wyandot, Seneca and Allen.

The six-county assessment is expected to raise $55,000 a year, including more than $33,000 from Hancock County.

The maintenance fund has a balance of about $17,000, the commissioners have said.

Several river maintenance projects have been done in recent years.

The next maintenance project will include the removal of logjams, downed trees and woody debris, and cutting of leaning trees and trees “obstructing the normal flow of water,” according to the legal bid notice.

After the Blanchard River widening project in Findlay, which began Thursday, there will be about $11-$12 million remaining in the county’s flood-reduction account.