Town meeting on Polk Center set Thursday

From staff reports

Venango County commissioners will host a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the old Salvation Army building at 734 Elk St. in Franklin to update the community on the status of efforts to keep Polk Center from closing.

“We have come a long way in only five months and cleared multiple hurdles many imagined we wouldn’t overcome.” commissioners chairman Sam Breene said in a press release issued by the commissioners.

A state Senate bill was passed last week in the state House that puts a five-year moratorium on the closure, which was announced by the state in August. The bill is now headed back to the Senate for a vote.

Other elected officials are expected at Thursday’s meeting, and they will provide an update on the current status of the Senate bill.

“The community has pulled together since day one, and it is incredible the work that has been done on behalf of individuals who haven’t had a voice and are now being heard,” commissioner Albert Abramovic said. “But the work is not done yet.”

Commissioner Mike Dulaney added that “this is a very important and time sensitive issue which we as a community need to be fully engaged and involved in.”