Tioga County to apply for small water and sewer grant for stream monitoring

WELLSBORO — The Tioga County Geographic Information System Department was authorized Tuesday to apply for a $52,252 Small Water and Sewer Grant to monitor small streams.

The funds will be used to purchase monitoring equipment to be put in streams that would trigger a response to emergency services if anything happens, Commissioner Erick Coolidge said, “so municipalities who are connected to the county’s new emergency services Swift911 application will be notified.”

Commissioners also created two new positions, in their capacity as the salary board, one of which was made possible by a grant from Shell Appalachia, to hire a part-time government liaison for $12 per hour with no benefits.

The person hired will work with the Emergency Services Department and will “reach out to all municipal officials and encourage them to get the National Incident Management System training they should have,” Commissioner Mark Hamilton said.

The other position created by the commissioners, a hazard mitigation planner” is paid for with a Flood Hazard Mitigation grant, but it requires a 25 percent match, according to Hamilton.

The position also pays $12 per hour with no benefits, and is needed to “work on the county’s hazard mitigation plan.”

“We are required by law to update our hazard mitigation periodically, and this position will work on gathering information for an update of the plan. The person will work with someone from emergency management to assess potential hazards in the county and what the plan does to mitigate the hazards, for example potential for flooding caused by too small culverts,” Hamilton added.

In other business, commissioners:

• Hired Stacey Broughton as administrative assistant in the Veteran’s Affairs office for $11 per hour with benefits.

• Accepted a low bid of $19,375 from Stuart Lisowski Excavation for the paving of the Emergency Services Department parking lot, paid for with natural gas impact fee funds.

• Approved payment of $4,530 to UGI Central Penn Gas to upgrade the courthouse meter to provide enough capacity for the existing natural gas load and the addition of a new generator, paid for with natural gas impact fee funds.

• Approved two change orders for the Human Services elevator project, one from Keuka Construction Corp., $566 for fire rated construction at the top of the elevator shaft, and the other from Silvertip Inc., $2,245 to remove sprinkler heads in the building, paid for with natural gas impact fee funds.

• Approved two lease agreements with Enterprise Fleet Management for a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse for $684 per month to replace the Ford Explorer used by the commissioners, and the other for a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse for $631 per month to replace a Ford Escape used by Family Services.

• Appointed Tom Shaw, and reappointed Bill Roosa and William Stokes III, to the Tioga County planning commission all for three-year terms.

• Approved reappointments of Seth Watkins, James Bodine, Barbara Kelly and Michael Bernard to the Human Services Advisory Board/Planning Council for three-year terms.