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Commissioners approve purchase of district judge site

Lycoming County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to buy property to house the offices of a district magistrate.

Commissioners had been searching for about two years to locate a new home in Old Lycoming Township for District Judge William Solomon.

By purchasing the property at 2107 Lycoming Creek Road at a cost of $245,000, the county will own rather than lease space for Solomon and his staff.

The site at 1965 Lycoming Creek Road is considered too small for the office.

Commissioners noted that the property was purchased at a price that did not exceed fair market value.

The closing date for the sale is Friday.

In other action, commissioners approved an agreement with Cornell Abraxas Group Inc. for emergency shelter and residential care services for youths.

Mark Egly, director of county Children & Youth Services, told commissioners the cost for a single youth in the program is between $170 and $311 per day.

Presently, no juveniles are in the program.

Commissioners also approved an agreement with Catholic Social Services for establishment and operation of a local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Ninety-five percent of costs for the program — not to exceed $26,000 — will be through state funding.

At Thursday’s meeting, commissioners are expected to take action on a grant for the county levee improvement project as well as an amendment to an agreement for a water main replacement project with Williamsport Municipal Water Authority.

Also likely to appear before commissioners are requests to hire an adult probation officer and a correctional officer.

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