Commissioners discuss road funds, Memorial Day

The Warren County Commissioners discussed a number of items during their work session Monday morning at the Warren County Courthouse.

Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said townships throughout the county are working to identify approved projects funded through Act 13 shale gas fees. Uses for the funds have to be approved for transportation improvement, such as roads and bridges. Vanco said the funds can be accumulated and the next payment will probably be in September.

“I hope the state, and I don’t envy them in the job, can figure out a way to come up with some additional resources. We have several roads in Warren County that are just the pits,” Commissioner John Eggleston said.

Eggleston also noted the Memorial Day service on Monday, May 27 will be held in Youngsville this year, not in Warren where it has typically been held.

“The city has decided to charge people to use their parks and the veterans are somewhat unhappy about that. They would’ve like to have used General Joseph Warren Park…but the city wanted to charge them for it, and they took umbrage at that,” he said. “So there are no services in the City of Warren this year.”

Commissioner John Bortz said he will be attending a Work Force Investment Board meeting next Monday where he will be contacting officials to “see where we’re at” and “what is the status of the WIB” since three members from Venango, Forest and Clarion counties have been looking to split from the region without the full consultation of member counties.