Council Approves Additional Funds for Boat Launch Project

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Proposed design for a boat launch at the southern end of Liberty Street. Graphic courtesy City of Warren.

WARREN, Pa. – Warren City Council approved the allocation of $500,000 needed to lock in Warren’s riverfront development project during Monday’s meeting.

Council approved a motion to approve city funding in the amount of $250,000 in general fund dollars, as well as another $250,000 from a loan taken out for parking garage repairs.

“The City of Warren is committed to this project,” said Mayor David Wortman. “We think there’s a lot of time and effort that has already been invested, but more importantly, we think there’s going to be tremendous dividends once we get the actual execution.”

Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Jim Decker spoke before the vote, encouraging the council to take “positive action to solidify the funding necessary.”

There was already approval for $1.5 million for the boat launch project from state grant monies which requires a match.

Acting City Manager Mike Holtz also said the Warren County Commissioners will consider adding additional funds toward the project at their next meeting on Wednesday.

“We want to thank everybody that’s involved in this,” Mayor Wortman said. “We’re thankful to have county commissioners that continue to be invested in the future of this project as well.”