Venango County Commissioners Approved Contracts for Construction of Joint Emergency Operation Center

| October 9, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The Venango County Commissioners approved $178,546.00 in contracts for the construction of the new Joint Emergency Operation Center (JEOC) in Franklin.

The JEOC will be constructed in the Franklin Professional Building and will be paid for through grant money obtained through a PEMA grant that is nearly $1 million and came about after the flooding of Chub and Morrison Runs over 20 years ago. The grant was issued in 2008

Contracts were approved Tuesday for general trade services for construction and remodeling ($73,500.00 with Fred L. Burns, Inc.); for electrical services ($16,350.00 with Wasson Electric); for HVAC services ($60,274.00 with Central Heating and Plumbing Co., Inc.); and for plumbing services ($28,322.00 with Newman Plumbing, Inc.).

In July, Venango County Commissioner Albert “Chip” Abramovic told exploreVenango that a Joint Emergency Operation Center is basically a big room where all entities that need to coordinate during a disaster or emergency can meet.

“They need a big room to meet in,” Abramovic said. “Currently, they are using one of the conference rooms in the Human Service building. This will be a standalone room.”

Abramovic said the Venango County Joint Emergency Operation Center could also possibly serve as a backup 9-1-1 center.

“I believe they should be able to dispatch from there, as well,” Abramovic said in July. “Having a separate place you can dispatch from is important, I believe.”


In other business the Commissioners:

  • Approved a one-year extension of a contract with Penn Power for generator services at various County buildings in the amount of $5,570.00
  • Agreed to an amendment with INsight Pipe Contracting on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG_ project in Rouseville Borough. The contract was originally $73,174.00 and has been amended to $138,847.40 because an inspection of the pipe showed it was in worse shape than originally thought, according to Jason Ruggiero, Executive Director of the Venango County Planning Commission. The extra money will be taken from another CDBG project in Rouseville.
  • Entered into cooperation agreements with Cranberry Township and Sugarcreek Borough to have Venango County administer those municipalities CDBG funds with the county receiving an administrative fee of 18 percent from each municipality. Also agreed to submit the CDBG applications for both Cranberry Township and Sugarcreek Borough as well as for the County.
  • Heard that the campground at Two Mile Run County Park will remain open through the end of October.
  • Ratified a contract with Global Correctional Systems, LLC for technical support at the County Jail in the amount of $2,848.00 per year for three years to expire September 30, 2022.
  • Entered into an agreement with IA Construction in an amount just under $2 million for the rehabilitation of the terminal apron at the airport.
  • Locked in a price of $284.00 per decaron with UGI Energy Services LLC for the County’s natural gas supply through September 2021.
  • Agreed to a three-year contract with Kaseya to manage the County’s network including making sure patches are installed on remote computers in the amount of $95,969.46.
  • Approved an extension of the UPMC for Life health coverage for County retirees.
  • Approved a change in the clearance policy for temporary workers who will now be required to have their clearances prior to working for the County.

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