County prepares to accept bids for brownfields project

A coalition among Lycoming County government, Muncy Borough and the city aims to identify, remediate and redevelop brownfield sites in the county using a $550,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lycoming County commissioners Thursday were notified that requests for proposals will be sought for environmental assessment services for the project, which could get underway in August, according to Bill Kelly, county planning and community development department deputy director.

Kelly said the project would make previously unusable land appropriate for potential new use through hazardous material or petroleum clean up.

He said that remediated land could be used for commercial or industrial use, including the natural gas industry.

“We’re not doing it only for the gas industry, but it’s nice to know they’re a ready customer,” Kelly said.

He added that he expects about 15 to 20 proposals for the project.

There will be a public review period and in addition to review by a local brownfields steering council, Kelly said.

Commissioners also Thursday approved the purchase of a $102,500 175-kilowatt natural gas powered generator for use at a back up emergency operations center at Third Street Plaza.

Agreements to use attorney J. Michael Wiley as solicitor for the county assessment office and Lycoming County Planning Commission were approved. Although Wiley already presently served in those capacities, he did so under a different law firm, which has since been dissolved, according to Kurt Hausammann, county planning and community development department director.

Commissioners also approved the payment of $741 for prisoner transport services for an individual picked up in Georgia to face local charges. While paid by the county, those costs will be attached to the individual’s court fees, said Luann M. Yohn, county chief adult probation officer.