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Jon Stinchcomb, Fremont News-Messenger·2 min read
A group of Terra State Community College students spend a morning cleaning up along a sweep of the ditches near Napoleon Road from Brush Street to Ohio 53.
A group of Terra State Community College students spend a morning cleaning up along a sweep of the ditches near Napoleon Road from Brush Street to Ohio 53.

FREMONT — Efforts behind projects aiming to get ditches throughout Sandusky County's expansive watershed cleaned up and further maintained could have another hand on deck soon.

The Sandusky County board of commissioners last week discussed the potential of hiring an additional engineer to work solely or primarily on ditch maintenance projects as they look to get the ball rolling on those still pending and in progress as efficiently as possible.

Some of those projects are also performed jointly in partnership with neighboring counties, including Ottawa and Seneca.

Hearings need to be scheduled

"There’s a lot of miles (of ditches) here," said commissioner Scott Miller. "A lot of those ditches cross (county) borders."

For example, a maintenance project involving 16 miles of joint ditch along Wolf Creek, including areas in Ottawa County near Portage Road, had recently been set to undergo a mussel study and then planned to be put out for bid.

However, according to Sandusky County administrator Theresa Garcia, no one has as of yet reached out to schedule the necessary hearings to move the project forward.

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Debbie Haubert, naturalist with the Sandusky County Park District, shows people how to make art from nature during an outing at Wolf Creek Park.
Debbie Haubert, naturalist with the Sandusky County Park District, shows people how to make art from nature during an outing at Wolf Creek Park.

Looking to avoid hangups on that and other ditch projects, the commissioners opined about the possibility of the county hiring another engineer to help with the workload, which may even offer a cost savings.

"If you look at the amount of money paid in by petitions, it’s over a million dollars. So if you hired an engineer paid $80,000," said commissioner Russ Zimmerman.

Based on Ohio law, responsibility for public ditch maintenance falls to both a county's commissioners and engineer's office, according to Garcia.

After petitions are initially filed pertaining to a potential ditch maintenance need, the county engineer is responsible for developing the specific project details and presenting it to the commissioners for review, Garcia explained.

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