Authority holds 1st meeting in new building

Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority board members held their first meeting Wednesday night in their newly completed administrative complex at 380 Old Cement Road, just a few hundred yards away from its former office and treatment plant that was built in 1998.

Christine Weigle, authority executive director, said the organization’s growth through expanded services necessitated the need for a separate administrative building.

Weigle said the authority has expanded its customer base significantly during the past several years.

“Our list of municipal partners is growing as the regulations in the water and sewer industry become more stringent and more complex, thus requiring new and innovative approaches to managing and operating these essential facilities,” she told board members.

The new facility offers more room for customer service needs and a more efficient use of space, Weigle said. The board previously met in a much smaller room adjacent to the treatment center’s laboratory.

“It was cramped beyond belief,” said Authority Chairwoman Mary E. Bennardi.

Weigle thanked authority staff and board members for their support during the building process and presented symbolic keys to board members.

With construction of the nearly $4 million building now complete, an open house has been scheduled in April. Customers began using the new building for customer service needs and bill payments on March 1.