Allen County applies for facility assessment grant

By Craig Kelly -

LIMA — Allen County Commissioners passed a resolution Thursday to apply for grant funding to pay for a feasibility study of all county facilities to better facilitate capital improvements.

According to Commissioner Cory Noonan, the study would come with a total cost of $120,000. The grant, issued through the State of Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund, would cover $105,000, with $15,000 from the county in matching funds.

“We will be applying for the grant next week,” Noonan said. “We’re going to look at the conditions of facilities, and as we move forward with capital projects, it will give us a look at what the county has and what the offices are.”

As the commissioners assess the condition of the various buildings and offices they have, some offices could move around to increase efficiency, according to Noonan.

“We’ve moved the Probate Court down to the third floor of the courthouse,” he said. “The Probate Court office on the fourth floor is now an empty space. The Board of Commissioners moved over to the Court of Appeals building. So there has been some movement in county offices. But now that we have space in the courthouse, another office could move in there. Before we make any moves, we would want to have a consultant come in and help us look at what makes sense, who would fit where and what the cost of that would be.”

While there would be some inital cost, Noonan said, creating a roadmap to a more efficient layout of county government could be a way of saving money in the long run.

“We want to make sure it’s the most feasible and it’s the most efficient for county government, and when we spend money on these renovations, that it’s the most efficient way to save money and to make county government flow in a more business-like manner.”

If the grant is awarded, the study would begin in early 2016 and be completed within five months, Noonan said.

By Craig Kelly

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.