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County to consider $440K for radio system update

As part of the Lycoming County radio system overhaul, dubbed the “next generation radio system,” the commissioners will consider approving a contract with MCM Consulting Group Inc. for a two-phase partnership at a cost of $440,349.

The consulting group performed the needs-based assessment of the county’s current system, which resulted in the $7.4 million proposal of getting new base station transmitters, building two new tower sites, adding microwave hops and more.

Should the commissioners approve the contract, that $440,349 already is included in the $7.4 million estimate, said John Yingling, director of county public safety.

The new contract includes planning, acquisition, training and more, and will be carried out over about two years. The group is prepared to start within days of the contract’s approval, Yingling said.

Phase one will cost about $188,000 and the second phase is projected to cost about $251,000.

In another matter, the commissioners also will consider approving fee increases for Resource Management Services for 2019.

Director Jason Yorks proposed increasing the minimum load fee at the transfer station from $13 to $20 and at the landfill from $15 to $20. Haulers, who do not pay this fee, will be subject to the minimum load fee starting Jan. 1, 2019, he said.

Yorks also proposed imposing a $100 fee on loads exceeding the maximum weight of 12 tons at the transfer station in the hopes that it will encourage people to take oversized loads directly to the landfill, helping to extend the life of equipment at the transfer station.

In other business, in an attempt to shorten Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners took action on several items.

The commissioners approved an amendment to an agreement with Billy Casper Golf for managing White Deer Golf Complex, changing the 120-day notice of renewal requirement to 90 days. The change gives the commissioners until December to decide whether or not to renew.

Without the amendment, the commissioners either would have had to make an immediate decision or allow the contract to default into automatic renewal, Commissioner Jack McKernan explained.

Other items approved include:

• A contract with Concrete Alternatives to resurface the outdoor gymnasium in the prison at a cost of $17,820 which includes a two-year warranty.

• A contract with Eaton Corporation to move an uninterruptible power supply cabinet in the 911 Center and for the purchase and installation of new batteries for $11,919 to be paid with 911 funds.

• Two professional service agreements on behalf of juvenile probation — one with Central Counties Youth Center for detention center services and another with Dr. Rick Dow for neuropsychological services at Clear Vision LLC.

• Two contract extentions — one to extend the agreement with Williamsport Municipal Water Authority for the Mosquito Creek water main project through Dec. 31, 2019, and the other to extend the agreement for the 2018 Ballfield Revitalization Project through June 30, 2019.

Commissioners Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito also were present. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Executive Plaza.

The commissioners also will hold their final public hearing to discuss the 2019 budget at 6 p.m. tonight at the Jersey Shore Area Library.

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