Design services OK’d for county health center

Lycoming County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $89,400 agreement with Palumbo Group Architects for engineering and design services for the county health care center.

The facility, to be located in the county’s Third Street Plaza building, will serve as a preventative medicine site for county employees.

Commissioners said the health center will help the county save money on health insurance costs while keeping employees more productive and healthy.

Commissioner Rick Mirabito noted that the county now spends about $14 million per year on health coverage.

“We are trying to do everything we can to keep health care costs down,” he said.

“We want our employees healthy,” Commissioner Scott Metzger added.

In other matters, commissioners appointed Dr. Grace Shu to serve as the county’s international affairs director.

In the non-paid position, Shu will help facilitate business connections and investments with overseas markets such as China, according to commissioners.

Through her connections, Shu can help bring more jobs to the area.

Mirabito noted the recent acquisition by a Chinese corporation of Shop Vac in Williamsport.

“She wants to bring cultures together to improve relations,” Commissioner Tony Mussare said.

Commissioners approved a grant to fund transportation services through STEP, Inc. for people on medical assistance.

It was noted that trips to doctors and other medical providers for those passengers were down in 2020 but are increasing this year.

Commissioners approved an amendment to a lease agreement amounting to $45,148 annually for the Lysock View building with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In personnel action, commissioners approved the hiring of Tyler C. Landis as GIS specialist at an annual salary of $41,529.

Commissioners also approved the reclassification of James M. Mitchley as a veteran affairs assistant at $18.31 per hour.

Commissioners noted that the Upper Fairfield Township recycling drop-off site will no longer be open to the public beginning July 12.

Jason Yorks, director of Resource Management Services, noted that the site is being closed due to misuse by the public.

Too often, people were using the site to drop off non-recyclable items.

In other matters, commissioners approved:

• A state municipal recycling grant of $349,485 to fund recycling programs throughout the county.

• A $349,485 agreement with Piatt Township for improvements to the communications tower site there.

• Funding assistance for upgrades to the Muncy Township municipal building, $25,000, and the WB Konkle Memorial Library, $50,000.


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