Commissioners approve recycling grant application

The Lycoming County commissioners approved the 2012 municipal recycling program performance grant application to the Department of Environmental Protection Thursday.

Resource Recovery Manager Jason Yorks said while residential recycling was up by 83 tons, with a a total of 6,511 residential recycled tons in 2012, commercial recycling was down by 2,418 tons, totaling 4,210 commercial tons recycled.

These numbers are based on what is reported to the county landfill, Yorks said.

While there are a number of possible factors affecting the low commercial numbers, Yorks said the county does its best to track down the businesses, even with limited resources. The economy and businesses coming and going could also affect those numbers.

The commissioners approved the federal fiscal year 2011 Citizen Corps Program grant application to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for $15,500. If awarded, the grant will be used to help train citizens on how to respond to emergency situations, said Tommie Smith, county Emergency Management Agency administrative assistant.

Thursday was the last commissioners’ meeting for county Solicitor Randy Sees, of the McNerney, Page, Vanderlin and Hall law firm, and Monday is his last official day with the county. As of Tuesday, J. David Smith, of the McCormick Law Firm, will begin as solicitor.

Sees said it was his “privilege and honor” to serve the community and the county as assistant solicitor for four years and three years as solicitor.

“These were seven of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life,” he said.