During a special session at the Delaware County Fair Sept. 20, the county commissioners approved emergency funds for the reclamation of electronic files and other property from the juvenile court facilities damaged in a Sept. 11 fire at 88 N. Sandusky St.

During a special session at the Delaware County Fair Sept. 20, the county commissioners approved emergency funds for the reclamation of electronic files and other property from the juvenile court facilities damaged in a Sept. 11 fire at 88 N. Sandusky St.

"There are crews prepared to go in and recover property from the juvenile court facility, have it cleaned, deodorized, whatever is necessary," said Aric Hochstettler, assistant county prosecutor.

Hochstettler said Ohio law allows the commissioners to expedite contracts under such emergency circumstances.

"The competitive bidding statute allows two distinct types of emergencies where competitive bidding would not apply," Hochstettler said. "One is related to the amount, if an emergency exists, and one is related to if there has been actual physical damage related to structures, radio communications equipment and computers. ... We're under the second criteria."

Interim county administrator Deb Martin said the county is self-insured up to $100,000 in damages, and costs above that would be covered by third party insurance.

In other business, the commissioners approved demolition contracts for several dilapidated properties to be paid from more than $1-million in neighborhood stabilization grants received jointly by the city and the county.

"We should receive between $250,000 and $290,000," said Dottie Brown, county economic coordinator. "That was the estimate they gave us. These three contracts should add up to a total of $181,000, so we should have at least $70,000 on the low end that we should be able to use on these projects. The first project is ... the county home. There is a little problem with that, with the historic preservation office. We're working with Ohio Regional Development, and they think we can move this through, but I can't guarantee it."

"Is it fair to say that is more a paper snafu with the feds?" said commissioner Todd Hanks.

"Yes," Brown said.

Another portion of the work approved Monday is for a property at 116 N. Sandusky St., which Brown said was being reviewed with city historic preservation officials.

"That is in a historic district," Brown said, and the county hopes the city will agree to demolition of the building.

Martin said the building is not salvageable.

"I went through it maybe a month ago," Martin said. "It certainly is not in a condition anyone could live there."

Commissioners also renewed a 1-mill reduction in the inside millage property tax collected by the county, reducing an authorized 2.8 mills to 1.8 mills. Martin said the county must approve this reduction each year. It was originally approved in 2007.