$160K going toward recreation projects throughout county

The Lycoming County commissioners are expected to approve up to 14 grants totaling over $160,000 to various communities countywide from the Act 13, or natural gas drilling impact fees, legacy fund on Thursday.

The funds, which may only go to recreation projects, will leverage over $1 million in federal and state funding for local parks, “which is major,” said Kurt Hausammann Jr., director of county planning.

There is about $70,000 remaining in the legacy fund and the county expects to receive about $3 million in impact fee revenue this year — similar to the previous receipt, Hausammann said.

“We could sit here and hold onto this money, but it is designated to recreation, and they need the money now,” said Commissioner Tony Mussare. “As small as it may seem, it’s not small to them.”

The proposed grants follow:

• East Lycoming Recreation, $15,000 to East Lycoming Recreation for electricity in Lime Buff Park facilities

• $10,000 to Hepburn Township for Mutchler Park playground updates

• $10,000 to Loyalsock Township for the wading pool

• $5,000 to the Muncy Area Pool Association for the five-year capital improvement plan and filtration system

• $11,370 to Muncy Creek Township for Kiess Park pavilion upgrades

• $5,000 to Muncy Historical Society for the Capt. John Brady Heritage Park

• $20,000 to Newberry Little League for reinvestment

• $6,000 to Nippenose Valley Little League for Nippenose School multi-purpose field upgrade

• $10,000 to Piatt Township for ballfield revitalization

• $9,000 to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for educational signage at Rider Park

• $20,000 to the South Williamsport Community Park Improvement Association for the Community Park tennis courts project

• $20,000 to the Way’s Garden Commission for the Way’s Garden restoration

• $10,000 to the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority for a pavilion and picnic shelter at the Waterdale Environmental Education Center

• $10,000 to Nippenose Township for the Antes Fort Village Park trail

In other business, the commissioners also will take action on purchasing new recycling containers for about $38,693; renewing software in the prothonotary’s office for $11,825; reappointing members to the SEDA-Council of Governments Board of Trustees and the Board of Assessment Appeals; and several personnel actions.

Commissioners Jack McKernan and Rick Mirabito also were present. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Executive Plaza.

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