Grant May Help Fund Microbrewery at Cornplanter Square

| September 13, 2017


FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The Venango County Commissioners took steps at Tuesday’s meeting to file for a DCED Development Grant that would allow the county to loan money to start-up businesses in the county.

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The grant would be for $500,000.00, and the first loan, if the grant is received, would be to establish a microbrewery in the old Cornplanter Square Building in Oil City that the county purchased earlier this year.

“That money would be used to set up the microbrewery,” Commissioner Tim Brooks said. “It would be used to pay for equipment and supplies and those such things. And, then it would be paid back. I think we put in a three percent interest rate on that. So, when we get the money back, it becomes the county’s to use as an economic driver to loan out to other individuals who want to start companies or expand their companies.”

STOP VIOLENCE GRANT RATIFIED

The commissioners ratified a STOP Violence Grant through the District Attorney’s Office. The grant provides partial funding for two Assistant District Attorneys, two victim/witness support staff, and fully funds a part-time law enforcement coordinator in the DA’s office. It also provides pass through funding to the Family Services & Children’s Aid Society of Venango County; PPC Violence Free Network and supports local law enforcement training and technology enhancements in an effort to reduce or eliminate violence, primarily against women.

NEW ROOFS ON NINE OF THE 12 PAVILIONS AT TWO MILE RUN COUNTY PARK

New roofs have been installed on nine of the 12 pavilions at Two Mile County Park after the installation of roofs at the fishing pier and Hilltop pavilions.

Also, the beach at the park has closed, but the campground will remain open until the third or fourth week in October, depending on the weather.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE STEPS FOR NEW DOLLAR GENERAL

The commissioners also approved a review fee reimbursement agreement with Franklin (Cooperstown) DPP, LLC. The agreement is to cover land development fees incurred by the county for the construction of a Dollar General Store in Jackson Township.

In other Planning Commission business, the commissioners approved a country service provider agreement with Plum Township where the county will administer the township’s stormwater drainage ordinance but where the township is responsible for the enforcement of the ordinance. It is the 21st agreement with a municipality in Venango County for the service.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business the commissioners:

  • Approved a Cash Advance Policy that would use federal funds first, since the county is not allowed to earn interest of that money.
  • Purchased new firefighting gear for the firefighters at the airport for $11,562.00 through 911 Safety Equipment.
  • Extended a contract with Southern Airways Express for a lease at $400.00 a month.
  • Purchased a plow and a light bar for the new truck at the airport.
  • Approved the 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant. The Grant, through PEMA, reimburses the county 50 percent of certain salaries.
  • Approved a UPMC Life Contract for 2018 for health insurance for retirees.
  • Contracted with Rite Aid to provide Flu Shots at no cost for employees with UPMC Health Insurance and at a reduced cost for employees without UPMC coverage.
  • Amended a contract with Schnabel Engineering, LLC, to include 2017 Annual Dam Inspection and Report preparation.
  • Created a sub-committee to the Safety Committee to handle the county’s ADA compliance.
  • Approved Field-of-Interest Fund Agreement with Bridge Builders Community Foundation – Venango County Economic Development Fund that creates a fund that people can donate to.
  • Agreed to use Pamela R. L. Sibley as a temporary fill-in at the Public Defender’s Office while a member of the staff is on leave.
  • Approved a service and repair order with Otis to repair an elevator at Sugar Valley Lodge.
  • Contracted with Tri-County Waste and Recycling for a dumpster at Sugar Valley Lodge at the cost of $840.00 a year to run through July 31, 2020.
  • Will have CS&E- Combustion Services & Equipment Company replace the vacuum boiler at the former Manor Building at a cost of approximately $30,600.00.
  • Approved, at the cost of $5,980.00, an upgrade to the door light curtain for the elevator at the County Annex Building to improve safety. Schindler Elevator Corporation will do the work.

PERSONNEL TRANSACTIONS

The following new hires were made as a result of existing vacancies:

  • Amanda Keener – Corrections Officer effective August 27
  • Justin Shears – Correction Officer, effective August 22,
  • Charles Albaugh – Service Coordinator III in PIC Unit effective September 5
  • Marcella Dill – Service Coordinator III in PIC Unit effective August 28
  • Rebecca Flockerzi – Drug and Alcohol Case Management Specialist II in Substance Abuse effective August 21
  • Shelby Snyder – Case Manager in Community Support Services effective August 28

The following transfers were made as a result of existing vacancies:

  • Tammy Reitz was transferred from Department Clerk II in Human Service Clerical Unit to Department Clerk III in the Treasurer’s Office effective September 18.

The following probationary periods ended or will end:

  • Christopher Gibson – Corrections Officer effective September 16
  • Myrna Horner – Correction Officer effective August 16
  • Nathan Snow – Correction Officer effective August 15
  • Michelle Sanchez – Service Coordinator III in PIC Unit effective August 27

The following are no longer employed by the county:

  • Karyn Holden – Bridge Crew in maintenance effective August 25 with the completion of seasonal assignment
  • Dustin Seigworth – Bridge Crew in maintenance effective August 25 with the completion of seasonal assignment
  • Zachary Walters – Bridge Crew in maintenance effective August 25 with the completion of seasonal assignment
  • Karen Coast – Corrections Officer effective September 5
  • Jennifer Gregory – Corrections Officer effective August 30
  • Evan Huff – Corrections Officer effective August 25
  • Brian Martin – Corrections Officer effective August 18
  • Blake Moore – Corrections Officer effective September 6

The following personnel transactions were made as a result of newly created positions:

  • Sarah Carter – Temporary Hire in Children & Youth Services effective August 28. She fills a newly created position ratified at the September Salary Board meeting. It is a seasonal assignment to last no longer than December 8, 2017, as part of the Recruiting and Retention program.
  • Traci Kaufman was transferred and promoted from the PIC Unit, where she was a Service Coordinator, to Children & Youth Services as Clinical Manager effective October 2 filling a newly created position ratified at the September Salary Board meeting.
  • Elizabeth Williams was transferred from a position as Service Coordinator II in Children & Youth Services to a position as a Service Coordinator II in Substance abuse effective August 14 filling a newly created position ratified at the September Salary Board meeting.
  • Abigail Simbeck was transferred from Service Coordinator II in Children & Youth Services to a position as a Service Coordinator II in Substance abuse effective August 14 filling a newly created position ratified at the September Salary Board meeting.
  • Diane Weckerly was transferred from Clinical Manager in MH/DS to Program Manager in Children & Youth Services effective August 27 filling a newly created position ratified at the September Salary Board meeting.
  • Debbra Kapp was transferred from Victim Community Awareness Facilitator, On-Call, Per Diem in Court Supervision Services to Resource Navigator part-time in MH/DS effective August 7 filling a newly created position ratified at the August Salary Board meeting.

The following extensions of temporary assignments were granted:

  • Nathan Allison – Bridge Crew in Maintenance Department effective September 8. Extended through October 8.
  • David Manzini – Maintenance Worker Intern effective August 11. Extended through August 18 to assist with season-end work.
  • Sarah McCauley – Department Clerk Interim in the Maintenance Department effective August 11. Extended through August 16 to assist with season-end work.

The next meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on October 10 in Room 100 of the Annex Buiding.


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