County authority outlines major projects for ’14

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority outlined some major projects in its 2014 capital plan, which serves as a guideline for the upcoming year.

The Beaver Lake treatment plant’s control building is approved for replacement with a cost of $117,852 to meet codes requirements. Federal Emergency Management Agency funding covers the majority of the project at $117,056. The building was flooded in 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.

The authority is going out to bid for the project. Contractors can pick up the documents in December, bids will be received in January and awarded in February. The work should be completed by September 2014.

“That project is approved, funding is secured and we’re ready to move on it,” said Executive Director Christine Weigle.

DuBoistown Borough Valley Street sewer pump station’s $23,000 project for sewer pump impellar modifications will receive $10,000 from county natural gas drilling impact funds. To date, DuBoistown sewer has spent $6,000 for one pump conversion, Weigle said. The project should be done by May 31, 2014.

As a supplement to the capital plan, income-eligible DuBoistown homeowners with substandard sewer laterals may get a boost if the county commissioners approve re-allocation of $147,593 of Community Development Block Grant funds this month. the project’s cost and timeline will depend on the number of needed laterals, which is unknown at this point, Weigle said.

The Limestone Township $399,373 distribution project includes 10 new hook-ups with the new water main, fire hydrants and services. Project scope and timeline depends on the amount of funding received. It received $150,000 in county natural gas drilling impact funds to do a portion of the project.

“This project is a high priority for us, as we continue to upgrade the entire Limestone system,” Weigle said.

The authority’s $1.4 million, 300,000-gallon water storage tank project at the west Fairfield interchange will receive a $750,000 PennWorks grant award. Additionally, the county will award $370,000 early next year as soon as the PennWorks grant is received, said William Kelly, county planning deputy director.

The Mifflin Manor $20,000 flow meter project for accuracy in system flows will receive $20,000 from natural gas drilling impact funds pending the commissioners’ approval. That’s part of the larger $53,500 project of sewage facilities planning, transfer of wastewater permit, flow meters and sanitary sewer collections work. The project should be done by the end of 2014.

There are numerous projects on the list, but completion will be based on funding and resources, Weigle said.