County authority looks toward future development

Development “has picked up” and the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority is hopeful “that’s an indication of what to come,” said Christine Weigle, executive director.

Several development inquiries and completed services were announced Wednesday in a report from John Bickhart, engineering services manager for the authority, including:

• Heritage Springs Memory Care Facility inquired about sewer, water and fire services.

• River Valley Townhomes requested fire services.

• Sewer, water and fire services were requested for Muncy Green, which is under construction.

• Wengerd’s Farm Market and Deli was connected to the water system.

• A Geisinger clinic received water service.

The Geisinger clinic listed is not related to the upcoming Muncy Township project, but instead is the gastrointestinal doctor located in Choate Circle who is affiliated with Geisinger, Weigle clarified.

However, the authority will be meeting with Geisinger about the opportunity for development as it goes through the planning process for constructing an acute care facility in Muncy Township, she added.

“We look forward to partnering with everybody involved and seeing what we can do to be part of the solution,” she said.

In another matter, the authority has been invited to join the county’s Economic Development Task Force, a new endeavor from the county that will combine the expertise of a variety of local professionals to aid in economic development.

Its first undertaking will be finding re-use solutions for empty properties at the Lycoming Mall.

“There are plenty of opportunities there,” Weigle said.

In other business, the authority welcomed its newest member, John Gramling, who takes the seat of Frank Forsha, who resigned in March due to moving out of the county.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at the authority’s offices, 380 Old Cement Road, Montoursville.