The Brodart Neighborhood Improvement Program will get a $200,000 boost upon Lycoming County Commissioners' approval Thursday.
Kim Wheeler, county department of planning and community development lead planner, said the county may designate that amount from its 2012 Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funding for the Homes in Need program for interior and exterior health and safety improvements.
STEP, Inc. is contracted to do the work.
Individuals and families who earn up to 200 percent of the area median income are eligible for these funds, Wheeler said.
Of the 150 houses within that neighborhood boundary around Memorial Avenue, there are 12 applications, according to Wheeler; five are ready to go to audit, which means they're ready to get their housing evaluations by STEP. The others are still going through the eligibility process. Up to $25,000 can be spent per house, she said.
Since the funds are finite, Wheeler clarified the $200,000 is the first allocation, and they will find out in September if their request for an additional $350,000 grant is approved.
The next neighborhood outreach meeting for this project is 6 p.m. July 18 at All Saint's Church.
The commissioners may also approve two project bids from Steinbacher Enterprises, Inc. for $46,525 and $106,570 for flood property buyouts using hazard mitigation grants.
John Lavelle, hazard reduction planner with the county planning and community development office, said this is the last phase of the process, which consists of demolition.
The smaller bid money was generated from a winter storm disaster in 2010 and will go toward three houses in Lewis, Hepburn and Loyalsock townships, Lavelle said.
The larger bid is part of a grant for Tropical Storm Lee damage from September 2011 flooding. That money will go toward nine houses in Plunkett's Creek Township, two houses in Lewis Township and one house in Shrewsbury Township, Lavelle said.
Due to increased traffic and congestion in the Muncy corridor, commissioners are accepting bids for a transportation study, looking at access management, among other issues. County Act 13 funds will provide two-thirds of the funding, while local participating municipalities will provide one-third of the cost.
Kurt Hausammann, director of Lycoming County Planning and Community Development Department, said people are expressing concern over traffic congestion in that area.
"People are concerned about increased traffic," Hausammann said. "For our area, there is some congestion in that part of the county."
Also at Thursday's session, the commissioners will review a $34,891 commission agreement with Fish Real Estate. According to Mya Toon, grants, property and purchasing manager for the county, Fish Real Estate is the broker for Springs Window Fashions, which negotiated a lease for 23,000 square feet of general office space on behalf of the company in the Third Street Plaza building, which is owned by the county.
"The commission agreement is based off of a two-year lease term. The commission the county is required to pay is built into the company's total rental cost as per their lease agreement. Thus, Springs Window Fashion's cost per square foot was increased to reflect the commission amount.
"Overall, there is no cost to the county. Should (the company) fail to fulfill its obligations for the entire two-year term of the lease, the broker is required to refund the commission to the county on a pro rata basis," Toon stated in an email to the Sun-Gazette.
Additionally, the commissioners discussed the county's present engineering contract for the county planning commission, which expires June 30. Out of 18 bids, the commissioners initiated six interviews for engineering services. Up for commissioners' Thursday vote is Dave Brinjac of Brinjac Engineering for the primary award with a three-year contract with renewable options for one to two years. The secondary engineering firm up for vote is Rettew Associates.
The commissioners also approved a quote Tuesday from Cleveland Brother Equipment Co., Inc. for the purchase of parts for the undercarriage repair of a 2010 Caterpillar tractor for $19,688.