Mayor Don McIlroy says the "Moving Ohio Forward" grant money came from the state, and it allowed the city and county to demolish 41 buildings.
Service Director John Ankrom said some counties didn't even use their share, but Pickaway and Circleville used as much as they could. They said the average demolition cost was on the cheap side, at $6,700.
Circleville and Pickaway County hope to be re-awarded December first.
This is different from the "Neighborhood Stabilization Program" that the federal government shared from a lawsuit over the predatory mortgages, which Chillicothe has used.
Circleville may ask for a vote to transform itself into a different form of government. Council member Tom Spring mentioned an idea to float a "charter committee" in the spring election.
He says Circleville is a statutory city, meaning it follows laws set by the state...for now. A vote would be yes or no for the committee and who would be on it - then a year later there would be a vote on what the committee proposes - which could be one of many different forms of city government.
Spring says council is feeling some of the shortcomings of its current charter government, especially with long-term planning and projects.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils