Lycoming County awarded trophy for highest bear harvest numbers

The Lycoming County commissioners meeting Tuesday had a boisterous start as the commissioners cheered the return of the bear trophy, a trophy fought over by Lycoming and Clinton counties and awarded to the one that harvests the most bears during hunting season.

Commissioner Tony Mussare said the competition is more than a decade in the making, and Lycoming has held onto the trophy for the majority of those years.

Clinton County took the trophy at the start of 2017 but, after harvesting 130 bears to Clinton County’s 115 bears this past season, Lycoming County has won the trophy back, county officials said. In other business, the commissioners reviewed several items that will require action Thursday, including an application to the state Department of Environmental Protection for air quality permit renewals for Resource Management Services.

There also are multiple items concerning Community Development Block Grant funds, such as a budget modification that would allow leftover funds from 2014 to be moved to ongoing projects before the money is lost.

In another matter, Jersey Shore resident Todd Lauer lightly peppered the commissioners with questions concerning departmental requests in the 2018 budget, such as whether certain expensive items like software have yet been seriously discussed.

He also asked for an update on the contract with Three+One, a municipal investment advisory service. The company currently is researching the county to find areas where it could save or earn more money, and the county will not pay the contracted $9,900 unless Three+One is able to find over $50,000 in savings.

Matt McDermott, chief clerk and director of administration for the county, said the report should be coming soon, possibly as early as the end of the month.

In addition to Mussare, Commissioners Jack McKernan and Rick Mirabito were present. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Executive Plaza.