County may OK airport terminal grant application

If the Lycoming County commissioners approve a grant application at Thursday’s meeting, the county will apply for $3 million in state grant money for construction costs of Williamsport Regional Airport’s new terminal under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Construction costs are projected at $10 million, and the project cost is projected at $13.6 million.

About 60 percent of the feasibility study is complete, and the environmental assessment will be done next year, said Mark Murawski, chairman of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority. Some construction is expected to start in 2014, with the full-blown project undertaken in 2015. The completion date is set for fall of 2016.

The county is expected to enter into an agreement Thursday with Anadarko Petroleum to allow the corporation to use a state-owned tower on Shriver Ridge in Lewis Township, because the county owns the powerline right-of-way, said John Yingling, director of the Department of Public Safety.

At no cost to the county, Anadarko would use the tower on state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources land to power its fixed and mobile radio safety system, Yingling said. It will eliminate building more towers and power lines, he said.

The state already has approved the process, he said.

The commissioners may sign a letter to the state Emergency Management Agency 911 office stating the county would like to participate in a shared-services agreement study. The study would look at ways to reduce costs, share technology and maintenance or support among multiple counties, Yingling said. The county would receive $35,000 from the state to conduct the study.

The commissioners also may approve a $35,000 agreement between the county and Pennsylvania College of Technology to train emergency responders for emergencies in the natural gas industry. It is an incentive for local fire departments to participate, Yingling said, and would use Act 13 funds.