Oil City Council Seeks $1,000,000 State Grant to Help With Waterline Projects

| February 23, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) — Oil City Council moved to seek a state grant to help pay for two waterline crossing projects at Thursday afternoon’s meeting.

Severe leakage on some of the pipeline crossings on the Allegheny River and Oil Creek forced the city to shut off the pipelines.

Since the city wants to improve its water system by building more pipelines to cross both waterways and improve its system redundancy and reliability, council unanimously voted to pass a resolution to request a state Small Water and Sewer Program grant in the amount of $1,058,919.00 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for building two water lines.

The resolution also designates that city manager Mark Schroyer execute all documents and agreements between the city and the authority.

Christine Sporer, a Senior Engineer with Arcadis, U.S., Inc., based in Wexford, Pa., explained what the projects will involve.

“The Allegheny River crossing will start near Pumphouse Road and end at the industrial park. It will require 870 feet of 16-inch diameter pipe,” Sporer said. “The Oil Creek crossing begins near Relief Street and ends in Justus Park. It requires 690 feet of 12-inch diameter pipe.”

If the city gets the grant, it will be responsible for about $186,868.00 to pay for the work, which is estimated at $1,245,787.00.

The city is prepared to do the work even if the grant doesn’t come through.

Schroyer said the city has allocated the money needed to do the work. He said the earliest the work would begin is early summer.

The pipes supply water to Oil City and some areas in Cranberry and Cornplanter townships.

Council tabled discussion on the possibility of selling its wastewater system since councilman Ronald Gustafson couldn’t be at the meeting.

Council has been looking at options regarding the system, and selling the system could alleviate some of the city’s cash problems.

Council also approved a request from Venango County’s Human Resources Department to hold its annual 5K event this summer on West First Street.

It will be held be from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, August 11. The Human Resources Department is planning on to show its appreciation and support to men and women of all branches of the military in the community while also raising awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Also, the council welcomed a new employee, Brandon Scott Duray, to the Public Works Department after Director Howard Faunce introduced him.

“Brandon already has his Class A CDL license, so he will a big help to us, and we won’t have to wait for him to get the license,” Faunce said.

The Fire Department report for January included five responses to help individuals who needed lift-assistance in their homes.

The department also performed six inspections for business seeking compliance with fire and safety codes. It also performed three business re-inspections, which are done when a business had violations that needed to be corrected or abated.

The department also assisted the Venango County Area Agency on Aging with retrieving personal items from a residence deemed to be a public health hazard.

Oil City firefighters had to wear Tyvek suits and air packs due to the “unimaginable” amount of cat feces throughout the property.

They also assisted Pepro in pumping flood water from their facility. The flooding occurred after a water main inside the building broke.

Additionally, firefighters assisted with a fire in the City of Titusville, providing an aerial truck and flowing nearly 300,000 gallons of water.

The department responded to a total of 13 fire calls, 133 medical calls and 38 for public service.

In other business, council approved:

– Appointing Michael Beichner to the Code Appeals Board. Beichner is a local contractor who has done landscaping work for the city in the past.

– Klapec Trucking has donated $1,000.00 to the Lincoln playground renovation project. Work should begin in the spring.

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