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Authority approves stormwater management plan

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority Board Wednesday approved an agreement with the boroughs of South Williamsport and DuBoistown for a stormwater management program.

The municipalities are required to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment discharges into surface waters as part of the Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan.

The goal statewide is to reduce pollutants by 10 percent over the next three to four years.

Authority Executive Director Christine Weigle said the plan is expected to be implemented by July.

In the meantime, a fee structure is being developed whereby property owners are assessed a tax based on a formula that considers stormwater runoff per parcel.

In other matters, Weigle noted that the board’s decision in December to refinance bonds for capital improvements has resulted in a savings of more than $220,000 — well above the initial expected figure of $150,000.

The money, to be put into a construction fund account, is designated for the Montoursville Regional Sewer System

In personnel matters, Paul Wentzler was reappointed as Authority Board chair.

Also reappointed were: Vic Marquardt, vice chair; Donald E. Konkle, secretary; Mike Philbin, treasurer; and William Henry, assistant treasurer.

The board’s next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Administrative Office, 380 Old Cement Road, Montoursville.

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