Commissioners OK road designs and improvements

The Lycoming County commissioners voted on several road design projects Thursday intended to address preventative maintenance and improvements to existing county roads.

The commissioners first approved a professional service agreement with Larson Design Group, 1000 Commerce Park Drive, for repairs to County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township.

The $24,000 project will identify necessary repairs, paving, curbing, drainage and safety signage projects on the road that leads to the county’s Pre-Release and 911 centers, as well as District Judge Gary A. Whiteman’s office, which has seen a significant increase in use in the last several years.

“It’s been about two decades since any significant work was done on the road and parking lots,” Commissioner Jeff Wheeland said. “We want to identify and address issues before they become bigger problems.”

The commissioners also approved a $64,000 agreement with Larson for the design of an access road for the developing Timber Run Industrial Park, near the county landfill on Route 15.

County Transportation Planner Mark Murawski said that a study completed this year identifies the need to extend existing turning lanes into and out of the industrial park to 250 feet, to be in compliance with state Department of Transportation guidelines, which the design will address.

The agreement also includes the design of roads within the park that will link the various buildings and parcels, Murawski said.

The commissioners also approved tax collection agreements with three area school districts and one borough.

The position of tax collector is vacant for the Montgomery, South Williamsport and East Lycoming school districts and Salladsburg Borough, said county Tax Claim Bureau Director Tom Heap.

Lycoming County will take over collection in the areas until December of 2017, Heap said.

In other business, the commissioners approved a change for the county sheriff’s department, making one part-time Clerk I position into a full-time position.

“It’s no secret that numbers have increased dramatically in the sheriff’s office,” said Ann Gehret, director of the county’s Office of Human Resources.

The salary board also was convened for the commissioners to take the following actions:

Reclassified Ericka M. Cowfer to full-time Clerk I in the sheriff’s office, at an hourly rate of $11.44; also in the sheriff’s office, hired Michael A. Caschera as part-time deputy sheriff, not to exceed 1,000 hours annually, at a rate of $16.34 per hour.

Hired Joshua M. Bower as full-time paralegal in the Public Defender’s office, at an hourly rate of $16.10.

Hired Timothy D. Taylor as full-time correctional officer relief in the county prison, at an hourly rate of $14.71.

The next county commissioners meeting will be held at 10 a.m. July 22 at the Pine Street Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.