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County OKs agreement with city on central processing center

Lycoming County commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution for an agreement with the city of Williamsport to establish a central processing center.

Under the agreement, the county would supply the equipment for processing of accused lawbreakers and other services.

In passing the resolution commissioners discussed the need for the city and county to partner on other projects.

Commissioners noted that the city has not responded to repeated requests to appraise the land at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., which is owned by the city.

The county owns the building and has been looking to sell it.

The county owns the land under the Third Street Parking lot owned by the city and the hope by some county officials is to engage in a land swap.

If the city agrees to appraise the land, the county could go ahead and sell the building.

“I don’t know why they aren’t getting back to us,” Commissioner Tony Mussare said. “We could do a land swap. My patience is running out.”

Commissioner Scott Metzger said the city seems to be dragging its feet on the matter.

“There is no sense of urgency over there with the city,” he said. “We want to sell this building.”

Commissioner Rick Mirabito said city officials may be hesitant about giving up the parking lot.

In other matters, commissioners approved a $990,000 grant agreement with Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to provide housing for people in need of living space through various agencies, including STEP Inc., Habitat for Humanity, American Rescue Workers, and Liberty House.

Commissioners voted on an amendment with Sullivan County to provide 911 dispatch services at $24,950 per quarter.

Commissioners approved the following people to fill vacancies:

• Jason A. Clarke, senior network engineer, Information Services, $55,000 per year.

• Hallie M. Mull, network engineer, Information Services, $41,000 per year.

• Lee M. Zimmerman, deputy sheriff, $18.34 per hour.

Commissioners will next meet Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. in Executive Plaza.

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