Despite initial concerns about when Auglaize County may be reimbursed for grant-funded renovations at the courthouse, the Auglaize County commissioners no longer are anticipating any delays.
While the commissioners authorized an advance of the $1.16 million which they are still owed from a state grant covering HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and lighting portions of the project, from the countyâ€™s general fund into the countyâ€™s permanent improvement Fund this week, Commissioner Doug Spencer said it was an accounting issue.
â€śThe money was appropriated for accounting purposes,â€ť Spencer said. â€śWe put it in a better place to more easily track it. Itâ€™s an advance and when we get the grant money, it will go back to us.
â€śWe see no issues getting reimbursed,â€ť Spencer told the Wapakoneta Daily News this week. â€śWe think all the work will be done on time per requirements of the grant and after the Ohio Department of Development OKs the paperwork upon completion, we should see a reimbursement within a couple weeks.â€ť
According to the resolution commissioners approved, the advance was necessary to complete renovations.
Two weeks ago the county received its first reimbursement from the grant, $140,000 for the lighting portion of the project, which is complete.
Other portions of the project, totaling more than $1.16 million are still to be reimbursed upon completion of those portions of the project.
HVAC work is expected to continue until the end of renovations at the courthouse with a reimbursement not expected to the county until late summer. The county also is to be reimbursed for administrative costs through the grant.
â€śWe are only permitted to apply for the reimbursements when that specific scope of the project is done,â€ť Spencer said.
Commissioners meet next week with the HVAC contractor to ensure they are on track and to do a site visit.
â€śWe are told there are no issues in getting the project done on time,â€ť Spencer said of a July 1 deadline. â€śWe were extremely excited that we received the first reimbursement and as long as everything stays on course I see no worries on getting the balance of the reimbursement.â€ť