Water project gets $50K

The Lycoming County commissioners awarded $50,000 of natural gas drilling impact funds to the Montgomery Water and Sewer Authority Thursday.

The funds will go toward ensuring and modernizing its oldest well’s disinfection, from liquid chlorination to gas chlorination, said Paul Krizan, project manager with Larson Design Group.

The project is part of the authority’s $5.4 million master water system improvement project. Work on the well should be completed by May 2014, and the entire project by 2015.

The commissioners approved a professional service agreement not to exceed $90,000 with MCM Consulting Group Inc. to oversee the $1.8 million replacement of the county’s soon-to-be obsolete emergency communications 911 microwave system.

Last year, the switch had been made to cellphones instead of two-way radios for landfill employee use, but they will again use two-way radios instead to communicate on the job site more efficiently, Dan Dorman, landfill support manager, said. The commissioners approved the purchase of 70 digital two-way portable radios and accessories from Motorola Solutions Inc. for $42,106.

The commissioners approved a $2.5 million tax and revenue anticipation note for 2014 between Citizens and Northern Bank and the county as collateral for the Children and Youth line of credit as they wait on state funding. Once funding comes through, it will be paid off, including interest accrued.

The following people were re-appointed to their positions:

Lycoming County Library System Board (three-year terms): members Louise Eakin, Christine Foresman and Tony Mussare.

Lycoming County Housing Authority (five-year term): member Dorothy Engel.

Lycoming County Conservation District (four-year terms): board members Ernie Larson, Larry Fry and Bill Messersmith.

Lycoming County Agriculture and Land Preservation Board: members Paul Wentzler and Joseph Neyhart.