County brownfield projects are a go

The Lycoming County commissioners awarded a $308,325 contract Thursday to TRC Environmental Corp. for its environmental assessment services for the county’s brownfield sites.

TRC will collaborate with the county’s brownfields steering committee to update the existing brownfield inventory to 100 sites countywide and complete various environmental assessments to further economic development by reaching out into the community, said Kim Wheeler, community development/lead planner, Lycoming County Planning & Community Development.

Wheeler encouraged the community to get involved.

“We’d like this to be an interactive and engaging process,” she said.

Those with brownfield site concerns may contact Wheeler at 320-2134 or email She noted there will be public meetings on the subject after September, and there will be a project website created.

Commissioner Jeff Wheeland praised the effort.

“We’re going to clean up this county one property at a time,” he said.

This assessment will examine sites for hazardous, including petroleum, material so the sites can be revitalized for future use.

Last year, the county received a $550,000 two-year grant out of which comes the contract money.

The grant includes three coalition partners where brownfield assessment can be done for at least two years: Williamsport, Muncy Borough and Lycoming County.

The commissioners also approved a memorandum of understanding with Nippenose Township in which the county will provide zoning and technical services for a fee not to exceed $1,211.

The zoning services will pertain to the new Tiadaghton Valley sewage treatment plant’s service area.