Supervisors want prevailing wage eliminated

Taxpayers may get a break – if the state General Assembly will pass a prevailing wage resolution adopted by the Old Lycoming Township supervisors Tuesday.

The supervisors are asking that the prevailing wage threshold for the construction industry be raised to reflect the increase in the consumer price index; exclude maintenance work on roads and bridges; or, to allow the township to opt out of prevailing wage altogether.

Currently, the threshold is at $25,000, which means they must bid out the work at that amount. If the threshold was set at a higher amount, the township, and ultimately its residents, would not have to kick in the extra amount for prevailing wage until the threshold is reached.

“We’re using tax dollars to pay for prevailing wage,” Supervisor Linda Mazzullo said.

Due to the higher wage, the township essentially gets less work done for its money, the supervisors said.

Chairman John W. Eck said he called state Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, about the threshold.

“I told him, ‘You need to think about your taxpayers, not a few construction workers,'” Eck said, adding the state Prevailing Wage Act of 1961 focuses more on the needs of the minority instead of the majority.

The supervisors passed a budget appropriations resolution for Act 13 funds: $127,490 will go to the capital reserve fund.

They also passed a DUI grant of $45,000.

“This process saves lives,” Supervisor Janet C. Hall said.

However, $10,000 was cut from the program this year, and $5,000 was cut the prior year, which means fewer DUI checkpoints.

The next conditional use hearings for Centura water withdrawal are set for 7 p.m. July 17 and 24 at the Old Lycoming Fire Station.

In other business, supervisors:

Approved Juniata Geosciences’ low bid at $13,453 out of five bids to remediate the township building’s groundwater contamination of more than a dozen wells from a gasoline storage tank’s leak years ago.

The supervisors said the last two quarterly water sample levels were below the allowable limit, but they must have four consecutive clean samples before remediation is over. However, since the township has a new company, Juniata Geosciences, it must start over with the samples. This is 100 percent reimbursed by the state.

Approved Old Lycoming Township Police Chief William Solomon as program director for Lycoming County Sobriety Checkpoint and Expanded DUI Enforcement Project.

Approved Cade Ponderosa Inc.’s request for seven additional days on the land development plan for building self-storage units on Misner Road.

Approved Lecce Electric’s proposal to do the traffic maintenance this year for the township’s four intersections at $1,595. Last year’s cost was $1,530.

Steve Wright complained to the supervisors of the gas trucks that go by his property on Marshall Avenue, and requested a weight limit be posted. Eck said he would have to look into the ordinance.

Margaret Jeannette told the supervisors of the gutters washed out on Linwood Avenue due to recent storming. Eck said they would address it at an upcoming staff meeting, noting they likely would add and replace basins on certain corners and use a collection pipe to reduce water flow.