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County accepts $1m settlement for leachate tank

Lycoming County commissioners accepted a settlement of $1 million in a lawsuit involving a county landfill issue.

Cummings & Smith Inc. did design work for a cap covering an area of the landfill.

The county had contended that the cap showed evidence of movement in February 2018 because it was defective, according to the settlement agreement.

The state Department of Environmental Protection was then notified and the problem was eventually corrected.

“We filed a civil action lawsuit against Cummings,” Commissioner Rick Mirabito said. “We think it’s a fair settlement.”

The $1 million will cover 95 percent of costs of the repairs.

In other matters, commissioners accepted a $582,566 Community Development Block Grant agreement with the Department of Community and Economic Development for funding of several projects.

The county allocation of $277,991 will be used to help STEP Inc. with its Home in Needs program and for the Muncy Library to remove architectural barriers to its building.

Remaining funds cover the Meadow Alley reconstruction project in Jersey Shore, blight removal in South Williamsport and curb cuts construction in Montoursville.

Commissioners agreed to purchase two command posts for $106,422 and 29 radios for $124,543 in support of Department of Public Safety operations.

In personnel matters, commissioners approved the following personnel to fill vacancies:

• Carla S. Miller, emergency management specialist, Department of Public Safety, $56,690 per year.

• Becky J. Steppe, part-time replacement clerk, Department of Public Safety, $12.96 per hour.

• Michael Holdren, part-time telecommunicator, Department of Public Safety, $20 per hour.

• Taryn Peters, clerk, Adult Probation, $13.95 per hour.

• Joel A. Worthington, Pre-Release Center counselor, $21.62 per hour.

In other matters, commissioners:

• Reappointed Ken Young and Alfreda Baer to additional terms on the Lycoming Housing Authority Board.

• Renewed a one-year agreement with Contrast Communications Inc. for implementation and repairs of county telecommunications on an as-needed basis.

• Approved an agreement with Equipment Depot of Pennsylvania Inc. for maintenance of landfill equipment.

• Approved an amendment to an agreement with Mahantango Enterprises Inc., Liverpool, for tire recycling.

The next commissioners’ meeting is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport.

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