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Commissioners approve levee work agreement

Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved a $273,531 contract with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Inc. for work related to the levee system.

Chelsea Blair, county hazard mitigation planner, said the construction oversight and inspection work is targeted toward rehabilitation and replacement of relief wells.

Commissioners voted to rescind a recently passed county zoning ordinance covering 20 municipalities.

That decision came following a plea from Muncy Township Supervisor Tom Schick who said the per capita rate increase from $2 to 2.25 was coming at a bad time for communities under the ordinance.

“I would appreciate a delay for it,” he said.

After brief discussion, which included the possibility of delaying the ordinance until 2021, commissioners voted 3-0 to rescind it.

Commissioner voted in favor of an annual software maintenance agreement with Central Square Technologies.

Commissioners approved agreements connected to the county landfill including with West Physics Consulting LLC for radiation monitoring and Highway Equipment & Supply Co. Inc. for service and repairs.

Also approved was the repair of a landfill truck at a cost of $11,636.

In personnel matters, commissioners approved:

• Hiring an assistant county detective at $23.09 per hour to fill a vacancy.

• Hiring Garrett McKinney as coordinator/GIS specialist for the Department of Public Safety at an annual salary of $41,118.

• Creation of a part-time temporary special projects position for the Department of Public Safety for training.

Metzger reported that the White Deer Golf complex had its most successful season in 2019.

Since Billy Casper Golf took over its operations several years ago, the county complex, which includes 45 holes of championship golf, has reflected consistent financial progress.

In 2019, operations actually earned a slight profit after many years of losing money, according to commissioners.

Part of that profit was due to a very busy fall golf season.

Commissioner Rick Mirabito noted that most recently the golf complex received $50,000 from the county hotel tax directed toward tourism activities.

Metzger said the golf course also proved to be a bonanza for non-profit organizations which raised thousand of dollars when using it for events in 2019.

Commissioners will next meet 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.

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