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Comms OK engineering design work for bridges

Lycoming County commissioners approved Bassett Engineering, Montoursville at a cost of $747,345 for design work of the bridge bundling project at their meeting Thursday.

Seventeen bridges in municipalities across the county are scheduled for repair work under the program.

The project allows municipalities to incur drastically reduced costs for the bridge repair work.

“It is a property tax saver,” Commissioner Rick Mirabito said. “Municipalities don’t have to raise property taxes to get a bridge built.”

The county is borrowing $7 million in bonds to fund the program along with a $5 surcharge paid by motorists on vehicle registrations.

Mirabito noted communities will not have to hire their own engineers to fix the bridges.

Lycoming County is managing the project on behalf of 17 different bridge owners or municipalities,” county transportation planner Scott Williams said.

The design work will begin this year with construction is to follow sometime in 2021.

“This is an exceptional, outstanding program,” Commissioner Scott Metzger said.

Commissioners are approve a memorandum of understanding with the following municipalities for the bridge bundling project: the townships of Eldred, Muncy, Limestone, Loyalsock, Wolf, Mifflin, Gamble, Franklin, Susquehanna, Lewis, Penn, Hepburn, Moreland, Washington, and Fairfield as well as Jersey Shore and Montgomery boroughs.

Earlier this week, commissioners approved a quote with Thermo Fisher Scientific for repairs of radiation detection portals at the county landfill and transfer station for $63,256.

Also approved by commissioners was an agreement for $88,200 with SEDA-Council of Governments to administer the Economic Disaster Relief Grant.

Jeana Longo was hired to provide professional services as a conflicts attorney for $88,200.

An agreement was approved with Community Solutions, Inc. to provide therapeutic services for the juvenile probation office.

Commissioners agreed to purchase chairs and tables for outdoor seating and dining at the White Deer Golf Course for $10,997. The funds will come from Act 13 dollars.

The purchase of ammunition for different county departments was approved for $14,099.

Commissioners gave the go ahead to hire personnel for the following positions:

• Robert P. Renwick, Resource Management Services, work crew foreman, $16.59 per hour.

• Mackenzie A. Williamson, domestic relations officer, $38,166 annually.

• Kayla Allen, courts, clerk, $13.95 per hour.

• Kyle A. Palmer, custodial worker, $11.79 per hour.

• Alan W. Little, Resource Management Services, training and safety manager, $41,118 annually.

• Giovanna M. Daniele, district attorney’s office, clerk, $13.95 per hour.

• Floyd E. Kerstetter Jr., Resource Management Services, truck driver, $16.59 per hour.

• Nathan W. Koletar, prison, correctional officer, $17.23 per hour.

• Anthoney J. Brooks, prison, correctional officer, $17.23 per hour.

• Eric Eveland, Resource Management Services, fueler mechanic, $25.14 per hour.

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