Panel meets to OK stream project

Seneca County Commissioners met in special session over telephone conference to approve contracts for the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement project.

The project is through a joint board of commissioners from six counties, including Allen, Hancock, Harden, Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

The project consists of clearing the Blanchard River — which is 88.6 miles — of logjams and debris.

Commissioners agreed to conduct maintenance assessments of the river and to seek bid for construction/maintenance contracts.

Revenue is determined by assessments and through a state grant.

The project resulted in the establishment of the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement program, which covers the six counties of the Blanchard watershed. The program provides cost-sharing for cleaning ditches or building waterways in the entire Blanchard watershed. Such projects must be constructed through Soil & Water or County Engineer. State cost-share of the program can be as much as 20 percent of the cost of the project.

Seneca County commissioners also entered into executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.