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State, Fed grants awarded to county

After hearing more about a variety of ongoing park and recreational projects countywide, the Lycoming County commissioners approved 14 different grants Thursday from the Act 13 legacy fund, which comes from natural gas drilling impact fees, to help those projects along.

The grants, which total about $161,371, are helping to leverage over $1,011,000 in federal or state funding, said Kim Wheeler, deputy director of county planning. The county’s contributions total only about 16 percent of the projects’ total cost, she said.

Many communities in which these projects are taking place had a representative available to give further information on their respective projects and to thank the commissioners for the awards.

The entities and their awards follow:

East Lycoming Recreation, $15,000; Hepburn Township, $10,000; Loyalsock Township, $10,000; Muncy Area Pool Association, $5,000; Muncy Creek Township, $11,370; Muncy Historical Society, $5,000; Newberry Little League, $20,000; Nippenose Valley Little League, $6,000; Piatt Township, $10,000; Rider Park, $9,000; South Williamsport Community Park Improvement Association, $20,000; Way’s Garden Commission, $20,000; Williamsport Municipal Water Authority, $10,000; and Nippenose Township, $10,000.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved the purchase of five new containers for county Resource Management Services at a cost of $38,693.

• Awarded three contracts for HDPE pipe items, gas well accessories and portable gas extraction monitor. They are for Core and Main, $128,481 and Environmental Systems Inc., $2,905 and $11,944.

• Approved a professional services agreement with Hunter and Lomison for a replacement generator at the Pre-Release Center at a cost not to exceed $76,410.

• Approved the annual renewal of case management software licensing in the prothonotary’s office for $11,825.

• Hired Tonya R. Anderson as a full-time replacement executive secretary in the commissioners office at $29,680 annually, effective Monday, and a full-time replacement assistant county detective in the district attorney’s office at $22 per hour, effective June 24.

• Re-appointed David McKernan to the SEDA-Council of Government’s board of trustees with a term ending April 28, 2021, and Bob Moore to the Board of Assessment Appeals with a term ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Commissioners Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito were present.

The commissioners will not meet next week. Their next meeting will be at 10 a.m. June 26 in Executive Plaza.

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