Venango County Sells Dotter Road Bridge to Texas Man; Money Transferred to Prison

| October 10, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. – The Venango County Commissioners approved the sale of Dotter Road Bridge to a Texas man at Tuesday’s monthly commissioners’ meeting.

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The bridge was originally slated to be rehabilitated but after 17 extensions for the completion date for Phase I – the 17th was formally approved at the meeting – PennDOT will now replace the bridge.

But, because the bridge is designated a historic bridge it must remain as an intact bridge according to the State Historic Preservation Office.

As such, the state helps facilitate the sale of historic bridges.

The unnamed man from Texas will pay $250.00 for the bridge plus the dismantling, reassembly and transportation costs involved.


The commissioners also approved a budget transfer of $145,384.00 from the contingency fund to the prison for the purpose of housing outside prisoners.


Rich Mihalic reminded those users of Two Mile Run County Park who are hiking, biking, or horseback riding to wear orange as archery season is in full swing and small game season will be starting soon.


In other business the commissioners:

  • Approved a number of continue contracts at the airport including one with CDT Infrastructure, LLC doing business as L.R. Kimball for rehabilitation at the terminal and the fixing of runway lights, another with Dennis Baker Construction for Snow Removal from December 1, 2018, through March 30, 2019, and a third with Ravotti Air, LLC for hangar. Ravotti runs a flight training program and has a program with Clarion University.
  • Entered into a contract with Biddle Consulting Group, Inc. (CritiCall) for the training of new hires at the 911 Call Center.
  • Approved a two-year contract extension with Vision Benefits of America to provide vision insurance to county employees. There is no increase in the administrative cost of the insurance, and the contract is for two years running from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2020.
  • Approved revisions to the County Employee Handbook to reflect recent changes in the law plus changes that the county has made over the past several months.
  • Ratified a review fee reimbursement agreement with 4 Your Car Connection in Seneca.
  • Re-appointed Commissioner Tim Brooks to the Venango County Conservation District Board.
  • Approved a proclamation for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 150 Year Celebration.
  • Recognized through a proclamation Benjamin Daniel Dobson for obtaining his Eagle Scout rank through the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Approved a contract in the amount of $11,800.00 with Deets Mechanical for replacement of the main water service lines at the courthouse.
  • Approved a contract in the amount of $6,128.00 with Schindler Elevator Company for A.P.E. emergency return unit and in the amount of $5,203.00 with Schindler for the solid state line starter/soft start.
  • Heard that the campground at the County Park will most likely close the fourth week of October or sooner if the weather freezes.

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