6/9/16 – 10:57 A.M.
The Hancock County Commissioners addressed two flood mitigation issues during their Thursday meeting. First, the county will enter into negotiations with Stantec Consulting Services to draw up a feasibility study for Blanchard River flood mitigation options. At the same time, the county is authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to share information with Stantec so the planning process can begin.
The commissioners also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. The agreement sets up the eventual transfer of responsibilities to the district in overseeing the feasibility study.
Commissioner Phil Riegle says Stantec will examine all mitigation options. He says the company has, “no allegiance to any project.” Commissioner Mark Gazarek says while the county could still go back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spearhead mitigation efforts, it’s “not likely” at this point.Read More →