Single-stream recycling continues on its way as the Lycoming County commissioners are expected to approve the purchase of a new baler for the county landfill Thursday.
It was budgeted for 2013, but until design work was finished for the new equipment, they didn't know which baler would be suitable, so it delayed placement of the order. This pushed it into the county's 2014 budget, said Jason Yorks, resource recovery manager.
The $498,713 baler will process 20 tons of recyclable material an hour into compacted bales, Yorks said. Its purchase is necessary as the existing baler is eight years old and incompatible, capacity-wise, with the new single-stream recycling equipment, he said.
Upon approval, the baler will arrive in about 16 weeks, and the entire project should be up and running by June 2014, Yorks said.
The commissioners may approve two natural gas drilling impact funding agreements. The Beaver Lake sewer system would receive a county dollar-for-dollar match of Penn Township's $40,000 funding, said William Kelly, county planning deputy director.
Limestone Township Municipal Water Authority's $580,000 infrastructure project would receive $150,000 of funding.
The commissioners may approve an increase in price for county GIS digital data products to go into effect in 2014. Prices for digital data for individual properties may increase from 2.9 cents to 3 cents, and from $1,400 to $1,500 for countywide digital data, said Fran McJunkin, deputy director, county GIS and Assessment.
The subscriber service remains the same, and they don't charge municipalities or nonprofits, she said.