County sells tub grinder for $151,000

Lycoming County Resource Management Services will sell its 2002 Morbark 1300 tub grinder for $150,500 to Scot Sample, executive director of the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority, as approved by the commissioners Tuesday.

The grinder is a spare, unused since Resource Management Services stopped taking its tub grinders to various communities.

Resource Management Services officials only anticipated getting about $70,000 for the 17-year-old piece of equipment, and Sample could easily have spent $750,000 on a new grinder, so both parties got a good deal, said Director Jason Yorks.

The sale will help offset the purchase of a 2018 Ventrac tractor with accessories in the amount of $38,605 from Venture Products Inc. Yorks expects to purchase another, and both are budgeted for; however, he wanted to get at least one early on as the price is expected to increase to more than $44,000.

The commissioners also approved that purchase Tuesday.

Later this week, the commissioners will consider extending a sub-recipient agreement it holds with Williamsport through June 30, 2020, allowing the city to continue expending state Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funding alloted to rental rehabilitation in the Brodart neighborhood.

The program has been “successful, albeit a bit slow,” said Austin Daily, county community and economic development planner.

The city was granted $200,000 for the program, but not enough qualified property owners have applied — only $33,000 of that allotment has been used thus far, Daily said.

Qualified property owners can apply for a 0 percent interest loan of up to $25,000 with a 15 percent cash match from property owners to take care of issues such as codes repairs, lead paint removal, weatherization and more. Although 30 percent of the grant funds must go toward low-income property owners, the remainder can help individuals making up to 200 percent of the area median income, Daily said.

Commissioners Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito were present. The next meeting is at 10 a.m. Thursday in Executive Plaza.