Oil City Council to Get 12 Parking Spots from PennDOT

| January 25, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Despite some final legal details still to be worked out, the Oil City Council, on a recommendation from solicitor Robert Varsek, approved a resolution authorizing the City to enter into a shared parking lot agreement with PennDOT.

(Photo: George Cooley, the president of the Oil City Arts Council, addressed the Oil City Council briefly Thursday and gave the council a list of the Arts Council’s Board of Directors for 2019)

The agreement will give Oil City 12 spaces in the parking lot, which is located where the old parking garage near Billy’s Bar.

Varsek had two concerns about the language in the contract presented to the City including one on how the Commonwealth can terminate the agreement and the other on “Save Harmless” which would keep the City from holding the Commonwealth responsible for anything that happens in the parking lot with the 12 spaces.

According to Varsek, the first issue is one that he believes will easily be resolved. The second one is a bit more of a concern, as he doesn’t believe the City should be responsible for things it can’t control in the parking lot like negligence or neglect by the Commonwealth, especially considering the City is only taking control of 12 of the parking spaces, not the entire lot.

Despite those concerns, in the spirit of moving the agreement forward, Varsek recommended the Council approve the resolution.


Oil City Manager Mark Schroyer told the Council that the Oil City Paving Committee recently met to discuss the upcoming paving system.

Schroyer said it appears the City will be embarking on another $400,000.00 investment in paving, although there will be fewer roads on the project list this year because of the length of the roads involved.

According to Schroyer, the roads being honed into for 2019 include Wyliss Street, Cowell Avenue and Bissell Avenue. The Cowell Avenue paving will be part of the waterline project also scheduled for the street.


The Council approved the Back the Blue 5K fundraising event for the Oil City Police Department.

The race, which will be held in Justus Park, had over approximately 250 runners in attendance last year and raised money for the department, which was used to buy firearms, computers and other necessary equipment, according to Patrolman Regina DeLoe, who is coordinating the event for the Department.

This year’s event will take place on June 15, 2019, and DeLoe said the idea is to have the event on the third weekend of June every year moving forward.


George Cooley, the president of the Oil City Arts Council, presented the Council with a list of the 2019 Oil City Arts Council Board of Directors.

In addition to Cooley, the board includes vice president Evelyn Wheeler, treasurer Barb Crudo, recording secretary Gary Dittman, corresponding secretary Shawn Gaworski, immediate past president Dan Feroz, Kathy Bailey, Kay Woods, Michael Poff, Brian Hoffman, Dean Corbin, Heidi Krug-Whistle, Angela Wyant and Alicia Eisenman.

The Arts Council by-laws were also presented to the Council.


In other business the council:

  • Appointed councilmembers Isaiah Dunham and Bill Moon to COG; Moon and Ron Gustafson to the Employees Pension Board, Moon and Dunham to the Fire Pension Board and Moon and Dale Massie to the Police Pension Board.
  • Approved Skip Homan to a 5-year term on the Code Appeals Board, Margaret Armstrong, Brenda Wenner and William Watson to 5-year terms on the Housing Authority Board and Eric Reamer to a 5-year term on the Zoning Hearing Board.
  • Accepted the resignation of John Stiller from the Redevelopment Authority.

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