No major hazardous material activity in county in 2012

Lycoming County has not had any major hazardous material activity in the past year, according to the 2012 annual county hazardous materials assessment approved by the Lycoming County commissioners Thursday.

The annual assessment is done by the county’s Department of Public Safety and submitted to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

“It’s a snapshot of hazardous material activity, a risk analysis (and) a report of actions in the county,” said John Yingling, director of the Department of Public Safety.

Safety doesn’t come cheaply – the commissioners approved an invoice from Logistic System Inc. for $38,787, the annual maintenance update fee for the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The CAD system directs which officer and response team to send, based on collected data. It ties into the Global Information System, which has layers of topographical information.

Environmental Products & Services, of Vermont, again is the county’s contracted hazardous materials response team, as the commissioners approved a professional service agreement with it through August 2014. There’s no retainer for the service, and there is a $4,000 maximum liability if no responsible parties are identified, Yingling said.

The commissioners also approved a Radiation Emergency Response Fund grant application for $5,876 from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, for the annual maintenance of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick, a cargo trailer and lighting.

Youth and individuals in the region with certain needs still will be helped, thanks to the commissioners’ approval of professional service agreements.

Four professional service agreements were approved for the juvenile probation office, eligible for Title 4-E federal reimbursement:

2012-13 agreement with Diversified Treatment Alternatives – no rate increase

2013-14 agreement with Diversified Treatment Alternatives – 4/8 percent rate increase

2013-14 agreement with Pennsylvania Treatment & Healing – no rate increase for the group home/halfway house and emergency foster care; $1 a day rate increase for the non-medical assistance rate for specialized foster care, and the same increase for medical assistance

New 2013-14 agreement with Second Haven Services for Youth – residential regular rate of $160 a day; residential special rate at $190 a day.

Services include treatment for adolescent male sex offenders, mental health issues or substance abuse and life skills.