The Delaware County Commissioners unanimously approved on Monday, March 26 to provide additional funding to the OSU Extension Office.

The $10,333.53 comes out of the Use Tax account and will allow the agency to remain operational through the fiscal year that ends June 30.

“Thank you for the funding,” said Amy O'Bryan, Delaware County OSU Extension Director, during public comments. “We reach so any lives.”

County Commissioner Chairman Russell Martin (District 2) said additional funding for next year has not been addressed.

Last week, during the regular commission meeting, Ag/4-H Educator Gus Holland came before the commission asking for the $10,000.

Those funds, he explained would fulfill the signed agreement passed in July 2017 approving giving the OSU Extension office $82,794.48.

Until Monday's meeting, extension officials had only received $72,460.95 from the county, leaving an approximate $10,000 deficit.

Holland said the $10,000 is earmarked for salaries, travel and maintenance and operations.

He told commissioners the agency would be requesting an additional $10,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal budget cycle. No decision was announced concerning that funding request.

Other business 

In financial business, the commissioners approved a $102,864 reimbursement claim for loss of revenue filed by the assessor’s office and to return $1,000 utility deposit to Olen Wattts for a road cut on 615 Road in District No. 2.

The commissioners also heard information about elevator lightning protection by the Thyssenkrupp.

The typical repair bill for a lightning strike is between $10,000 to $40,000, Martin said. The company is offering coverage at $750 per elevator, he said.

A lease purchase agreement with Ford Motor Company and bid award for two warning sirens and activation control box for the Tia Juana Fire Department were tabled.

The next meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, April 2 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room. The meetings are open to the public.