County eyes building for recycling center in Cranberry Twp.

Staff writer

Venango County commissioners on Tuesday ratified an application for a Department of Environmental Protection grant for $350,000 that would be used for equipment for a proposed recycling collection center in Cranberry Township.

Commissioners chairman Tim Brooks said a location for the center is needed before applying for the grant money and that the county is looking into leasing a building from Cranberry School District.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved an application for an enforcement project grant for a DUI task force that will carry out checkpoints. Participants will include PennDOT, the county’s Probation and Parole office and local law enforcement.

Commissioners also approved a resolution for the county to match state funds provided to the Crawford Area Transportation Authority in the amount of $29,350.

Commissioner Vince Witherup read a proclamation of recognition that Timothy Clark Friedhaber of Boy Scout Troop 17 in Oil City has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Witherup said he took great joy in recognizing this achievement as he was an Eagle Scout as well.

“Back when I did it, there weren’t as many distractions,” Witherup said. “But to have the interest and the dedication to do it today, I think that’s worth some recognition.”

Commissioners also approved a proclamation of support for the Venango County Relay for Life’s Paint Venango County Purple campaign during May.

The proclamation encourages all county residents to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer by wearing purple or adorning purple bows and ribbons on buildings and vehicles.

The commissioners will next meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in room 100 of the Courthouse Annex at 1174 Elk St. in Franklin.