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Commissioners act on housing needs

Lycoming County commissioners approved agreements with local agencies to fill housing needs during their meeting Tuesday.

The Homes-In-Need program with STEP Inc. provides repairs for residences through a $250,000 Pennsylvania Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement grant.

Commissioners also approved the STEP Supportive Housing Program, $245,000, to provide assistance to individuals and families in need of housing, and a $100,000 contract with the American Rescue Workers for rental assistance.

“I don’t know if the public realizes the importance of STEP and the American Rescue Workers in the community,” Commissioner Tony Mussare said.

In other action, commissioners approved a work order for $497,4999 with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Inc. for levee design and engineering work in the Memorial Avenue area.

Commissioners approved agreements amounting to $310,720 with Green Machine Sales LLC for equipment purchases.

Jason Yorks, director of Resource Management Services, said the $225,270 contract will cover replacement of a belt conveyor system and the addition of steel chutes at the county transfer station.

The $85,450 agreement covers purchase of a plastic perforator for recycling.

Commissioners approved the hiring of Alexis M. Martin for a newly created position at the county coroner’s office at an hourly rate of $18.26 per hour.

The specific job duties were not given.

However, commissioners noted the coroner’s office has been understaffed for years.

“The coroner’s request was for three positions and we added one,” Commissioner Scott Metzger said.

Commissioner Rick Mirabito added that the department definitely is need of more staffing.

In other personnel action, commissioners approved the hirings of two people to fill vacancies.

Gregory J. Costa was hired as a maintenance employee at an hourly rate of $22.50 and William D. Miller was hired as an EMS regional field coordinator at $35,642 per year.

In other matters, commissioners approved:

•Purchase of a court bench from Pennsylvania Corrections Industries for $17,460 and doors and door frames from Lezzer Lumber for $17,460. Both purchases are for the new district judge’s office in Old Lycoming Township.

•A $167,109 agreement with Telesoft Inc. for software needs for documents and files of different county departments.

•A resolution with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to participate in a pilot program to study emergency management concerns. Tioga and Sullivan counties are participating in the program.

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