5/23/16 – 6:42 A.M.
The Hancock County Commissioners and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik met with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Courier reports the group learned more about where the Corps is in its study of flood mitigation efforts for the Blanchard River. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the Corps is still trying to get permission to use new computer modeling that would change the project’s cost/benefit ratio. That could take up to a month to happen.
The current federal plan doesn’t fit the cost/benefit ratio for the Corps to move forward with the project. However if the new computer modeling is approved for the project, that could change the ratio.
The Corps also informed the commissioners that Hancock County still owes around $160,000 for work on the study. Finishing the study will cost the federal government and the county government another $100,000. The final chief’s report could be ready by next summer.
The county commissioners are considering stepping away from the Corps plan and going with a local option. Potential engineers for that plan are currently being interviewed. The local plan would mean no funding from the federal government.
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