Commissioners approve recycling system changes

Tying improved efficiencies, the Lycoming County commissioners on Thursday approved design and layout adjustments for the landfill’s single-stream recycling project at a cost of $98,000. The change pushes back the project’s completion date the start of August.

As the project progressed, it became apparent that much of the equipment wasn’t accessible to maintenance, and so platforms and other adjustments had to be built, said Jason Yorks, resource recovery manager.

The landfill also will receive 86 new fluorescent lights and fixtures from Graybar for $12,795, though an $8,000 rebate will bring it down to $4,000, Yorks said. The lights’ increased energy efficiency will bring the payback period to about a year and a half.

The commissioners approved a one-year drop-off recycling service agreement with Snyder County Solid Waste Authority, as that county now has five permanent drop-off sites.

In other business, the county will collect real estate taxes that are issued on March 1 for 22 municipalities or 31 districts in the county. They are: Armstrong, Bastress, Eldred, Fairfield, Gamble, Hepburn, Jackson, Jordan, Limestone, McHenry, Muncy Creek, Nippenose, Penn, Upper Fairfield and Woodward townships; and Jersey Shore, Montoursville, Montgomery, Muncy and Picture Rocks boroughs.

The county essentially is splitting the cost with the municipalities, charging municipalities $1 per tax bill, with 28,000 bills or parcels, said Tom Heap, director of county central collections office. This has “saved townships a tremendous amount of cost,” Commissioner Jeff Wheeland said.

Centralization became necessary due to tax collector vacancies in those municipalities.

The county has seen significant cost savings through centralized tax collections since 2006. For example, the county used to pay the city $40,000 to collect taxes, Heap said.

The county partners with Citizens of Northern Bank, which accepts payments at each branch for residents’ convenience, Heap said.

Additionally, the commissioners appointed Frank Pelligrino to the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority, replacing Mark Murawski, as his term was up.