Lycoming County commissioners approved a $36,000 consulting contract Thursday with the Pennsylvania College of Technology for services at the institution's Energy Technology Education Center.
The one-year contract extension pays the county for consulting, training and marketing services for the center, according to Craig Konkle, county energy development emergency response coordinator.
The facility serves as a training site for first responders for natural gas emergencies in the field and at production sites.
Commissioner Jeff C. Wheeland said those services are needed, noting a recent natural gas compressor station fire in Susquehanna County.
"That is happening fairly regularly," Konkle said. "We are focusing on those types of issues."
Commissioners also approved nutrient trading credits for 15 county farms. The participating farmers voluntarily went "above and beyond baseline requirements" and implemented best management practices, said Megan Lehman, county environmental planner.
The practices farmers use help conservation efforts and remove nutrients from watersheds. Credits can be sold to other organizations, such as wastewater treatment facilities, to help them meet state mandates.
Local farmers received more than $51,000 last year from the sale of 27,861 nitrogen and 682 phosphorus credits.
"The local demand does exceed the supply this year," Lehman said of available credits.
She added that all credits earned are anticipated to be sold or traded to local entities.
In other business, commissioners approved the following personnel actions:
Hiring of Steven E. Elliott as a full-time replacement telecommunicator at an hourly rate of $14.55;
Reclassification of Justin Hakes as a full-time replacement telecommunicator at an hourly rate of $15.86;
Reclassification of Monica J. Saulter as a full-time replacement telecommunicator at an hourly rate of $15.86;
Hiring of Jamie L. Shoemaker as a full-time replacement correctional officer at an hourly rate of $14.35.