4/26/2016 – 3:40 pm
Township Trustees from Eagle Township and Liberty Township spoke with the county commissioners Tuesday about concerns they had about a proposed diversion channel for the Blanchard River. The channel would serve to control flooding along the river in Hancock County. Liberty Township Trustee Shawn Beucler said that all the trustees had four main concerns
–any roads that are cut for the channel would need a bridge to allow drivers, and more specifically emergency responders access across the channel.
–crews using roads during construction could tear up township roads. Would need funding to pay for any repairs
–county residents are entitled to have a yes or no vote on the channel plans, especially if those plans are paid for with significant county funds.
–would any property owners along the channel be reimbursed for lost property every time a future flood would result from the channel
Beucler noted that the cost/benefit ratio on the diversion channel plans didn’t seem to exist for the impacted residents of Eagle and Liberty township. Additionally, all the trustees wanted control of any plans to be in the county’s hands and not the Maumee Conservancy District.
The commissioners all said that they appreciated the comments. They noted that the Maumee Conservancy District was taking over the plan from the Army Corps of Engineers as far as research and planning were concerned but not implementation and residential concerns such as the ones brought before the commissioners would be taken into consideration in the adoption of any final plans. Commissioner Phil Riegle said that the concerns did not fall on deaf ears.
Audio: Phil Riegle
The Maumee Conservancy District will be completing a study of the project to account for the environmental impact of the channel as well as impact by way of any future flooding.
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