Natural gas fueling stations, Pathway to Health get funding

Lycoming County commissioners officially committed $104,000 of natural gas drilling impact funds to River Valley Transit’s compressed natural gas fueling stations, matching the city’s equal commitment, at Thursday’s meeting.

The funding will go toward the overall $6.7 million project of both government/commercial use and public use stations.

The use of natural gas funds toward the compressed natural gas stations shows the growing Marcellus Shale infrastructure in the area, said William Kelly, county planning department deputy director.

Plus, the third phase of Pathway to Health will benefit from $50,000 of gas impact funds, contingent on the award of a $1.1 million state grant. It’s a corridor-improvement project to provide faster access for emergency vehicles heading to and from the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, between Interstate 180 and the hospital.

The third phase involves streetscape lighting, “pre-emptive signaling” (emergency responders can make certain signal lights green for faster response time) and hospital signage from Maynard Street near First Street north to Third Street, and east on Third Street to Campbell Street, Kelly said.

The commissioners approved a 2014 engineering contract not to exceed $157,470 with Bassett Engineering, Montoursville, to inspect 94 locally owned bridges under 20 feet.

Bassett will make a bridge inspection report to be mailed to township supervisors so they can know what the bridge problems are and budget accordingly, said county Transportation Planner Mark Murawski.

In other business, commissioners approved:

$27,000 for STEP Inc.’s Smart Start youth programming through the Human Services Development Fund

$25,000 for a year’s worth of aggression replacement training and support with Children and Youth for at-risk youth

$8,000 for CAPPA’s after-school programming, also through the Human Services Development Fund

An agreement with South Williamsport Borough that will provide the borough to give two weeks’ notice to end county zoning services, as the borough is hiring its own zoning and codes enforcement officer.