Water and Sewer Authority awarded $244K

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority board unanimously accepted a hearing examiner’s decision Wednesday declaring the authority is owed $243,505 in regards to a component of the 2011 Montoursville Regional Sewer Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project.

A 1978 act requires that steel products be at least 75 percent United States steel.

As the authority moved forward on the upgrade, a $10 million project, it questioned whether the blower system met that requirement and appealed to contractors McCrossin Inc. and United Blowers Inc.

The companies were found to have unknowingly supplied steel products noncompliant with the act and will have to reimburse the authority the full cost of the system, $243,505.

In another matter, the authority expects to get to work on the Tules Run source water development project shortly, connecting a new well there to the treatment plant.

When the project was first considered about four years ago, the cost was estimated at $500,000. That price needs updated, said Christine Weigle, the authority’s executive director.

A grant was secured, however the authority is applying for a yearlong extension on the funds because the project has been pushed back due to other pressing issues, Weigle said.

A one-year permit extension from the state Department of Environmental Protection already is in-hand, she added.

The goal is to go out to bid in March so the authority board can consider responses at its April meeting.