Commissioners OK study for transportation

Lycoming County Commissioners Thursday approved a $452,000 transportation planning agreement for road projects.

The two-year contact with state Department of Transportation funds maintenance and updating of the county’s long-range transportation plan and federal performance standards.

County Transportation Planner Mark Murawski said the plan covers all Williamsport Area Transportation Study activities.

“This allows us to do a lot more planning than we were able to do before,” he said.

The federal government requires long-range transportation plans for infrastructure projects.

In other matters, commissioners approved a $19,268 quote from CDW-G for renewal of a one-year Microsoft Enterprise agreement covering licensing of county computers.

Commissioners approved a three-year $173,000 agreement with DEVNET, of Sycamore, Ill. for computer software services.

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide training for emergency first responders linked to the natural gas industry under an agreement approved by commissioners.

“It’s quite a benefit to us,” said Lycoming County Planning Department Deputy Director Bill Kelly. “It means safer operations in the field.”

The training provided by the college’s Energy Technology Education Center includes vehicle rescue and command/incident management programs.

An agreement was approved with YWCA’s Wise Options to implement guidelines covering elimination of rape in the county prison and Pre-Release Center. All county prison systems are required to adhere to the national standards set forth by the federal government.