Fire chiefs association to get gas impact funding

The Central Area Fire Chiefs Association will receive $16,500 from Lycoming County natural gas drilling impact funds, due to the commissioners’ approval Thursday.

The funds will go toward the building’s expansion, which will be a central training facility for firefighters countywide on West Third Street, said Williamsport Fire Department Chief Dean Heinbach. Currently, firefighters must go out of the area, sometimes as far as Harrisburg, to receive training.

Project cost is $23,200, and should be completed by spring 2014. The first floor will be renovated with new equipment to provide for and allow firefighters to practice putting out fires. That floor has been unusable for these training purposes for two years, Heinbach said.

The commissioners approved a 2014 professional service agreement with Contrast Communications of Mifflinburg not to exceed $100,000. The company provides proprietary installation and maintenance of the county-wide computer telecommunications network.

The commissioners approved a five-county, 10-year municipal waste processing/disposal capacity agreement. This ensures landfill capacity for Lycoming, Union, Snyder, Columbia and Montour counties for the next 10 years, said county planning commission Executive Director Kurt Hausammann.

A regional shared services needs assessment agreement not to exceed $35,000 between the county and MCM Consulting, funded by the state’s 911 fees, was approved. The company will do a study of what 911 equipment can be shared among a seven-county area for efficiency and lower costs. It’s funded by 911 wireless fees awarded back to counties by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

The commissioners awarded a $12,883 contract to Forrer Supply Co. Inc. and a $16,140 contract to QED Environmental Systems Inc. for services relating to the landfill gas well drilling project.

Dan Dorman, landfill support manager, noted a scale that weighs incoming vehicles is being replaced and may result in traffic delays into the landfill until its completion by Nov. 20.

The commissioners approved a Help America Vote Act grant amendment with the Department of State so the county can be reimbursed for the $746 it spent for materials to repair a handicap-accessible ramp at the Penn Township polling place.