Tioga commissioners OK several contracts

WELLSBORO – Tioga County commissioners conducted several items of business contracts during their meeting here Tuesday.

Among the contracts awarded was $236,390 for public housing modernization and water/sewer improvements from the Department of Community and Economic Development block grant to the county Housing Authority.

The authority applied for the funding through the state earlier this year.

“This money is made available for projects that meet the description of block grant criteria. We have done this annually since 1996, for services that need it most in Tioga and Bradford counties,” Commissioner Erick Coolidge said.

Commissioners also:

Approved $33,769 in natural gas impact fee funds for water well testing by three faculty members at Mansfield University and four students next year. The group test water wells in Tioga County as a follow-up to testing done last year and in 2011.

According to Commissioner Roger Bunn, this is a “continuation of what they were doing, they will be testing the same wells, just following up,” he said. Some expanded testing with more sophisticated testing equipment also will be done, he said.

Approved $10,500 in natural gas impact fee funds to be disbursed to the North Central Sewage Agency, which provides sewage enforcement services to its members, to digitize its municipal records. NCSWA lost some of its records during a recent fire and the cost initially is based at 150,000 pages at 7 cents per page. The action will make the records more available to the community and counties served.

According to Ron Johnson, a member of NCSWA, sewage enforcement services are mandated by the state, and in Tioga County, 22 townships and 10 boroughs are served.

Approved $5,745 in gas impact fee funding for security equipment from Vector Security for the Family Services addition, specifically for a walk through metal detector, hand-held metal detector and installation and set-up of the equipment.

Approved a change order in the amount of $5,051 for Silver Tip Inc. to connect drains for sanitary lines at the new 911 center. “Some drains were going into outside drains instead of where they were supposed to go,” said county clerk Derek Williams. The problem was discovered by a plumber testing the lines. The funding will come from the county’s natural gas impact fee fund.

Approved Tina McGarry and Barbara Ann Wilson as deputy tax collectors for Morris Township, Liberty Borough, Deerfield Township and Shippen Township.

Approved the hire of four student interns for the summer government services intern program, promoted at the high schools and Mansfield University, at an hourly rate of $7.61.

Announced the next commissioner’s meeting will be on the road at Island Park in Blossburg at the old Kiwanis Building at 7 p.m. May 27.