Project on hold

Officials deciding course of action after discovery of human remains.
Scott Seitz2
Aug 15, 2014

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."

Comments

oh my oh my

I think the right thing to do is to reinter the remains and look for options elsewhere. Trying to build right next to unmarked graves is a gamble. If they continue on as is, whose to say how many more graves might get disturbed.

Dusty

Build it out on the old landfill property. Locater in the center of the county and they already own the land.

Snoozer

The area is expected to eventually be the new home of the $1.1 million license bureau/title office.
So whats wrong with the current b.m.v.? and why should it cost $1.1 Million dollars?

pntbutterandjelly

I really can't make any "bones" about this matter. Maybe they should just "bury" the entire project. It may be the "death knell" for the project. It's aftermath may be the "wake" it causes the county's officials. It is definitely a "grave" concern. The "plot" will probably thicken before it is "intered". We should all keep a high "vigil" about this.

Windy

" . . . the decision on how to proceed rests with the county commissioners."

Good grief! I'll bet the commissioners will be spending thousands of our tax dollars to hire a consulting firm to help them make a decision on what to do.