Venango County Commissioners Honor Rocky Grove Baseball Team

| July 11, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Venango County Commissioners honored the Rocky Grove baseball team for winning the PIAA Class 2A championship.

(Photo: Members of the Rocky Grove baseball team and the Venango County Commissioners)

In a proclamation read by Commissioner Albert “Chip” Abramovic, the three commissioners – Tim Brooks and Vincent Witherup joined Abramovic in the honor – June 14, 2018 – the day Rocky Grove won its state title becoming the first baseball team in District 10 history to win a state championship – was declared Rocky Grove Orioles Day in Venango County.

Watch Abramovic read the proclamation.

Individual copies of the proclamation were then presented to each member of the team and coaching staff in attendance with copies also provided to those who were unable to make the ceremony.

Justin “Boots” Heller receives his proclamation from Commissioner Tim Brooks


The Commissioners also approved a contract with Strongland Roofing for repairs to the flat roof on the Human Service Building. The repairs will cost $190,975.00.

A second contract was also awarded to Strongland Roofing for repairs to a barn roof at 323 Causeway Drive, the former Manor Building property. Those repairs will cost $6,969.00.


A pair of contracts were also approved for HVAC repairs.

One was with Ram Industrial Services for repair and maintenance on a pump motor for the heating unit at The Point in the amount of $9,690.00 and the other was with Ethan Enterprises to replace the rooftop heating and cooling unit at the Human Services Building in the amount of $13,829.00.


At the request of Planning Commission Executive Director Jason Ruggiero, the Commissioners approved giving a Notice of Intent to award a contract to Shindledecker Welding of Franklin to repair three bridges in the county.

The bridges to be repaired include Gleason Bridge, W.H. Cowan Bridge and McCann Bridge. The amount of the contract is for $46,000.


The Two Mile Run County Park will have some trees have overhanging limbs removed by Stover Tree Removal. Three roads in the park, including Masterson Road, Cherrytree Road and Beach Road have trees that have limbs that are being hit by campers and other vehicles that need removed according to Park Director Rich Mihalic.

Mihalic said the County has contacted Oakland Township and Oakland Township has agreed to contract with Stover Tree Removal. The County will then reimburse Oakland Township in the still-to-be-determined amount that the limb removal will cost through Liquid Fuel monies.

Also, the IBO Archery Shoot will be held Friday through Sunday (July 13-15), Mihalic said. Because of that, many areas of the park will be closed to the public in the Pioneer Flats area.

In addition, the Park will be hosting the Horse Trail Scavenger Hunt Saturday, July 21.


The county updated its nepotism policy to include language that defines immediate family member and also says that it is ok for an immediate family member to be hired as long as it isn’t in the same department as their family member who is going to be their immediate supervisor.

According to Human Resources Director Jillian Stephens, the policy was last updated May 5, 1995. She said the intent of the policy is to prohibit immediate family members from supervising other family members in the same department.


In other business the commissioners:

  • Ratified a contract with Bollinger Technical Services in the amount of $760.00 for maintenance and repair of the lektriever (rotating shelves system) used by the Venango County Courts. The contract will run through May 16, 2019.
  • Awarded a contract with Ford Business Machines for a new 3-in-1 copy machine for the row offices. The contract is for just under $1,800.00 and runs through July 2023.
  • Approved a contract with Michael R. Shetler for monthly hangar rental at the airport.

The next commissioners meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Room 100 of the Courthouse Annex.

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