8/16/13 – 5:15 A.M.
A city of Findlay official wants to get the Dalzell Ditch cleaned out, and wants the city to pay for the majority of the work. According to the Courier Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer met with the Hancock County Commissioners Thursday, telling them the city would be willing to cover the costs of the residents’ assessments. That would be roughly $400,000 of the $750,000 project.
To pay the tab Schmelzer is proposing the city put the maintenance project into the capital improvements budget. The project could be done in phases or as one continuous project.
Residents near the ditch say it has been causing flooding in parts of the city that don’t historically see high water. However a group of residents have argued in the past they shouldn’t be made to pay for the clean up, causing the county commissioners to back off the project.
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