Comms OK funding for projects; $1.28M for library system

Lycoming County commissioners on Tuesday approved grant and monitoring agreements, including $125,000 for the Williamsport Regional Airport and $1.28 million for the Lycoming County Library System.

Services and programs will be funded from either the county’s share of Act 13 natural gas dollars or the general fund.

Comprising the library system are the James V. Brown Library and five other community sites in the county.

Veterans Memorial Park will receive $45,000 for Phase II of a project to construct a new entrance at its site on Wahoo Drive, Williamsport.

Firetree Place, which offers after-school activities for youths at its Williamsport site, was approved for $40,000.

Other allocations are for: American Rescue Workers, $20,000; West Branch Firemen’s Association, $15,000; Community Arts Center, $10,000; and Lycoming County Industrial Development Authority, $3,000.

In other matters, commissioners approved reorganization of the prothonotary’s office.

The reorganization results in the dissolution of the central collections office which included processing criminal costs and fines.

Those duties will now be absorbed by the prothonotary’s office.

Prothonotary Thomas Heap, who formerly served as central collections director, said the changes will result in more efficient operations.

“I think this is a better fit for the county,” Heap told commissioners.

As part of the reorganization process, commissioners voted to eliminate the central collections director position. In addition, two clerks and one administrative specialist will move to the prothonotary’s office from central collections.

R&L Development was approved for the Gregg Township Sewage Force Main Construction Project at a cost of $799,621.

The firm had submitted the low bid for the work.

Commissioners approved an ordinance to allow for refinancing of general obligation and revenue bonds.

The refinancing process is to relieve county debt with the aim of bringing about savings of an estimated $800,000.

Commissioners approved Green Machine Sales, LLC for repair work of the Single Stream Recycling System at the county landfill.

Also at the meeting, bids for bridge bundling engineering services were opened.

RK Webster Engineering, Montoursville, was the apparent low bidder for the work at $694,895.

Nine firms put in bids for the project.

Commissioners approved Union County to serve as the lead applicant for the Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant for the high-speed internet project for Lycoming, Union, Clinton, and Northumberland counties.

Commissioners will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. today at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport to identify COVID-19 mitigation actions by the county.


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