The Henry County commissioners Thursday approved the issuance of a bond for the construction of a new river bridge and roadway in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The bond is not to exceed $3 million. The project will extend Industrial Drive between Riverview Avenue and State Route 110 over the Maumee River. The project is expected to be bid in the next few months.

The $3 million is the amount that still needs to be funded for the project. The remainder is from grant funds and $2 million from the Henry County Engineer’s Office.

In other matters, Henry County Landfill Manager Mike Imbrock met with the commissioners for a monthly update.

During October, the transfer station at the landfill accepted 167.98 tons of waste, 71.59 tons of tires and 2.64 tons of brick/concrete.

The 2019 October total was 16.07 tons lower than October 2018 and 17.91 tons lower than October 2017. However, it was 8.64 tons higher than collections in October 2016.

From January through October, 1,661.56 tons of solid waste were brought to the transfer station.

The county has contract fees in place which are charged by area landfills when solid waste generated in Henry County is taken to those facilities. Totals taken in by those facilities for October are not available yet, but the September figures include a total of 2,652.85 tons, including 1,715.28 tons from Defiance County; 209.28 tons of Williams County; 183.3 tons of Hancock County; 40.16 tons from ARS, 494.83 tons from Wood County and 10 tons from Evergreen.

At the end of October, the landfill closure fund balance remained at $52,798.06 and the landfill post-closure fund balance was $425,170.42.

Imbrock is also encouraging residents to visit the new sort-and-separate recycling sites in McClure and Hamler. The McClure site is located on the east side of the convenience store parking lot and is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days per week. The Hamler site is open 24/7 and is located at the Hamler wastewater treatment plant at the southeast corner of the the village.

The landfill will be closed Monday for Veterans Day and Nov. 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

The commissioners also:

•Approved a 3% pay increase for employees of Henry County Department of Job & Family Services.

•Held two executive sessions, one with Assistant Prosecutor Katie Nelson for matters required to be kept confidential and the other regarding complaints against a public employee. No action was taken following either session.

Tuesday’s agenda includes a Budget Commission meeting at 10:30 a.m. regarding a senior center levy.

Henry County offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

 

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