Township: Brush pile likely to reopen

Old Lycoming Township’s brush pile should soon be reopening — possibly by the first of the month or sooner, township supervisors said at their meeting Tuesday night.

The brush pile will be available to township residents only, township Manager Bob Whitford said. Residents will be able to pay a security deposit and take a key as a temporary measure for access, Whitford said. He still is meeting with vendors to discuss a more permanent solution for accessing the site.

“We just had everybody and their brother dumping there,” Whitford said.

The brush pile had been closed because it lacked space to accept more debris from township yards. The township has had 42 tractor trailer loads of brush taken from the site to the Wayne Township landfill, freeing up space — at a cost of $200 a truckful.

“That’s a pretty expensive venture,” Whitford said.

Supervisor Linda Mazzullo said when the brush pile is re-opened, the township will advertise the service in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and on the township website.

The supervisors also approved three measures pertaining to real estate development. The largest will consolidate 11 parcels in the vicinity of 1804 Lycoming Creek Road into three parcels. Andrew Barton, of Livic Engineering, updated the supervisors on the measure, which was recommended by the township’s planning commission.

“We threaded the needle” on zoning and most other regulatory matters, Barton said, though surveying remains needed.

Mazzullo confirmed that the approval by the supervisors is conditional on satisfactory completion of the surveying.

The supervisors also approved a waiver and a 90-day extension for a waiver on two other developments. One waiver, which Whitford said is endorsed by the township’s engineer, permits the developer to apply stormwater management to only the portion of a larger property that is being altered.

All three measures passed with votes from Mazzullo and Supervisor Sam Aungst. Supervisor David Shirn abstained from voting as he has family members involved in each of the developments.

The township took no further action on a planned food truck ordinance, though Whitford said he had met with food truck operators and they are satisfied the fees the township charges are fair.

In other business, Old Lycoming Township supervisors:

• Unanimously passed a motion to use sewer capital reserve funding in the event a payment from a state PennVest grant for a vacuum truck is temporarily hindered by a state fiscal stalemate or similar impasse. The grant is for about $622,000 to be disbursed in several payments. Whitford said such a block on a PennVest grant was unlikely.

• Reminded township residents that an Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny is planned for 11 a.m. March 24 at the township park next to the police station.