Delaware County commissioners on April 18 awarded a contract for recorder's office software to Cott Systems of Worthington.

Delaware County commissioners on April 18 awarded a contract for recorder's office software to Cott Systems of Worthington.

County recorder Melissa Jordan had recommended the Cott Systems bid, saying it would save the county $92,234 over three years when compared to the previous regular contract. She also said Cott would save the county between $42,678 to $53,652 over three years, compared to the other bidders. Cott's three-year price is about $152,422.

"There is no reason the conversion would be anything but smooth," Jordan told commissioners.

Cott's bid was identified as the lowest and best of three received. ACS, the county's current software vendor, and Document Technology Services also submitted bids.

The three-year contract will start June 4 and end June 3, 2014. Cott will provide three dual computer monitors, three barcode label printers and three receipt printers. Under the contract, the county will pay Cott $1.25 per document filed and recorded in the recorder's office. Jordan told ThisWeek the county paid $1.99 per document under the previous contract.

Jordan also told ThisWeek she reworked a bid request that was begun when former recorder Andrew Brenner was still in office.

"It is a difficulty you inherited, not one you created," commissioner Tommy Thompson told Jordan at the meeting.

Also at the meeting:

Ohio Mulch, headquartered in Columbus, asked the commissioners to endorse an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant application. The county would act as a funding conduit. The grant would upgrade the Ohio Mulch compost facility at 883 U.S. Route 42 to include food waste composting. The facility currently composts yard waste and animal bedding.

The grant would give Ohio Mulch up to $250,000 for equipment. Ohio Mulch would provide $259,000 in matching funds.

Commissioners will discuss the request later.