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Stream bank repair funds accepted

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously accepted a $327,284 Growing Greener grant through the state Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday morning.

The funds will help Hughesville Borough repair the bank along Muncy Creek near a pump house at the end of Fourth Street in Wolf Township, a major source of water for the borough which is endangered by the encroaching stream, said Carey Entz, of the county Conservation District.

“They have three water supplies and this well house is their primary water source at 500 gallons per minute,” Entz said. “The erosion started in September of 2017 and, this year, the erosion is back to 7 feet from the well house.”

The project includes riprap for about 725 feet of bank, creating three stream barbs and removing several hundred tons of gravel materials. The landowner will use that gravel for driveways, Entz added.

“It’s absolutely incredible the amount of land that has been washed away in the last 18 months,” said Commissioner Jack McKernan. “I do think we were very fortunate to get a pretty quick turnaround on getting grant money lined up to take care of it.”

In another matter, the commissioners will consider submitting a letter of intent for federal Emergency Management disaster relief funds to possibly be made available in response to consecutive storms causing flooding last July and August.

“It doesn’t lock you into any specific grant application or anything, but it gets your foot in the door to apply for grant funds,” said John Lavelle, county transportation supervisor.

Any grant applications to be submitted won’t be due until May, and there will be zero local cost, Lavelle said. The state is picking up the 25 percent local match, he said.

Other items to be considered include a grant and monitoring agreement with the Lycoming Police Camp Cadet Foundation Inc. for $3,000; extending an agreement with James Wacker LLC through June to clear debris from county-owned bridges; an amendment clarifying language in an agreement with William J. Miele; and several personnel actions.

The commissioners also awarded purchase agreements to Superior Plus Energy Services and Sunoco LLC for diesel and gas services as-needed for Resource Management Services.

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

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