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LCWSA won’t penalize nonpayment for June

Lycoming County water and sewer customers unable to pay their monthly bills were once again given a reprieve.

Failure to pay monthly charges will not result in shut-offs of water and sewer services, the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority decided Wednesday.

COVID-19 has posed difficulties for people meeting their regular expenses, resulting in a decision earlier this year to forgive customers for non-payments, according to Executive Director Christine Weigle.

For the third straight month, penalties otherwise faced by those customers will be waived.

Weigle told the board that the authority offices will remain closed each day to the public.

However, customers can make appointments to conduct business.

“It’s very difficult for us,” Weigle said. “We are a very customer service-oriented organization.”

The policies are to be revisited by the authority in August.

In the meantime, Weigle announced that the authority will continue with its suspension of room rental space from its headquarters building until at least December.

She said it is prudent that the authority be conservative with its guidelines to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Wednesday’s meeting marked the first in-person session open to the public since March.

Meetings will be held to keep the board room at 50 percent capacity, Weigle said.

The monthly meetings are livestreamed.

John Bickhart, engineering services manager, presented the Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan for the boroughs of South Williamsport and DuBoistown.

The state has mandated a 10 percent reduction of pollutant discharges by 2024.

The plan will be presented at public meetings in each community next month.

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