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Project on hold

Scott Seitz2 • Aug 15, 2014 at 8:09 PM

No decision has been made involving the recent discovery of human remains at the future home of the license bureau/title office.

On Aug. 8, construction workers were excavating the Shady Lane Drive site when they unearthed what appeared to be human bones.

Sheriff Dane Howard and a number of other county officials responded to the scene that day. Howard sectioned off the area with police tape and sent workers home.

Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood, who spent 90 minutes at the site on the day of discovery, verified the bones were indeed human and would be sent to a paleontologist for examination.

The area is expected to eventually be the new home of the $1.1 million license bureau/title office.

Auditor Roland Tkach, who oversees the license bureau, said the decision on how to proceed rests with the county commissioners.

One option, according to Harwood, is to take the bones and reinter them.

The project is currently delayed.

"We haven't got anything back from anybody," Commissioner Tom Dunlap said Thursday when asked about the project's future.

"We will probably discuss it at Tuesday's meeting," he added.

Dunlap wouldn't even speculate on options.

"I don't have all the facts yet," he said. "That's where we really are. We're just in a holding pattern."

Dunlap wasn't sure, if the project were to move forward, when the building would be open.

"Well, given this delay and the weather, I don't know," he said.

Dunlap said it is a senstive situation.

"Most certainly," he added. "We must be respectful of the situation."

Dunlap, who served as county sheriff in the 1980s, has come across this type of find before.

"Oh yeah," he said. "I remember there were some unmarked graves on Ohio 61 quite a while ago.

"There are unmarked graves everywhere," Dunlap said. "Sometimes they were made of wood and have long-since deteriorated."

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