NuWeld rail project gets more funding


More funding is coming in for the rail project at NuWeld Inc. at the Reach Road Industrial Park.

Lycoming County commissioners are pledging up to $20,000 of natural gas drilling impact funds, and the Joint Rail Authority is covering engineering costs, while NuWeld is putting in $150,000 for construction costs and company growth goals, said William Kelly, county planning department deputy director.

The state previously awarded $350,000 in funding for the $530,000 project, as the county worked with state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, to integrate the project into the state budget.

Thursday, the commissioners may sign an agreement with NuWeld to define the roles and responsibilities of each of the major project partners to facilitate a smooth project, Kelly said, including the funding above.

The project involves 2,100 feet of rail, crossings, turn-out switches and more at NuWeld so rail cars can access an existing 20-ton crane.

Industrial firms in surrounding communities can use the crane, which will be able to lift heavy materials onto rail cars for transport. The process will reduce truck traffic, as each flatbed rail car takes four trucks off the road, Kelly said.

The project should go out to bid in June, with the bidder chosen in July and work beginning in August.

On another project, the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority is asking commissioners to amend a $170,000 natural gas drilling impact fund agreement awarded in October. It would allow some of the funds to go toward engineering and design costs, as the original agreement was for construction costs only for the $6.5 million water storage tank project in South Williamsport, owned by the authority.

In other business, commissioners may take the next step for two projects with Community Development Block Grant funds.

The county awarded $150,000 last fall to the YMCA for its building renovation project, and the contract the county may sign Thursday is a formality to protect the county in the process, said Kristin McLaughlin, SEDA-Council of Governments community development project coordinator.

The county awarded $450,000 to Tiadaghton Valley Municipal Authority last fall and may sign an agreement for SEDA-COG to manage the contract, McLaughlin said.

The commissioners may approve an increase to the line of credit with C&N Bank from $250,000 to $300,000 for Lycoming County Recreation Authority. The authority has not defaulted since the county has guaranteed it in 2010, said Beth Johnston, county director of fiscal services. If the authority were to default on a payment, the county would be responsible for that payment; if the authority defaulted entirely, the county would be responsible for the credit line.

The commissioners also may approve:

An annual $40,423 grant application to reimburse 50 percent of county Recycling Coordinator Jason Yorks’ salary and benefits.

A cost increase from $16,344 to $17,361 for Port Elevator to do maintenance and inspections on eight elevators in four county buildings. Elevator inspections will be twice a month instead of once a month. This is the first increase since 2001.

A purchase agreement with Accent Wire Products for baler wire at $63 per 100 pounds of 10-gauge wire and $66 per 100 pounds of 12-gauge wire, priced the same as the last three years, for the county landfill.

A purchase agreement with Deacon Equipment Co. Inc. for spare parts for the landfill’s tub grinders, with the same price as the last two years.

The transfer of two drop-off recycling containers from Snyder County Solid Waste Management Authority to the Lycoming County landfill, as Snyder County no longer has use for them.