County, municipal TV channel to debut this summer

A government and educational channel that now is used mainly by the city of Williamsport to broadcast City Council meetings will be used by more municipalities beginning this summer, according to officials.

Lycoming County Area Television, which has been in the works for the past several years, is set to broadcast more information, including tourism information and crucial emergency management instructions when needed.

County officials and Todd Bartley, the organization’s contracted third-party administrator, gave a demonstration of LCAT Thursday morning at the Lycoming County commissioners’ meeting.

Several county municipalities joined together to form LCAT with assistance from the county and the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, which supplied $25,000 to get the organization off the ground.

Bartley, president of Pioneer Sports Productions and general manager of ESPN Radio Williamsport, will receive $10,000 for his services during a one-year period, according to John W. Eck, Old Lycoming Township supervisor and LCAT board president.

Member municipalities include Armstrong, Fairfield, Hepburn, Loyalsock, Susquehanna and Woodward townships; DuBoistown, South Williamsport and Montoursville boroughs, the city and county.

LCAT can be viewed on Comcast’s channel 75.

“LCAT will be available to everyone regardless of where you live,” said Bill Kelly, county deputy director of the planning and community development department.

The channel also will be live streaming at when operational.

Equipment and a studio will be housed at 460 Market St., Eck said.

While many municipalities have not expressed an interest in broadcasting their public meetings, Commissioner Jeff C. Wheeland said he envisions LCAT being a valuable educational tool for residents. For instance, he said, the channel could show how the county’s new single-stream recycling process works and detail what items are and are not recyclable.

Jason Fink, executive director of the visitors bureau, said LCAT will be useful for tourists who are seeking out area attractions.

Sheriff Mark Lusk said he hopes to use the channel to disseminate information on fugitives wanted on local warrants.

“We’re very excited about this from a law enforcement standpoint,” he said.