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Lycoming County Commissioners extend disaster declaration

Lycoming County commissioners voted to extend the Coronavirus Disaster Declaration for 90 days during its regular weekly meeting.

The extension allows the county to remain eligible for federal funding to help organizations and individuals impacted by COVID-19.

Jeff Hutchins, director of Public Safety, noted that while numbers of COVID-19 infections have significantly dropped, it would be prudent to extend the declaration at least one last time.

In other matters, commissioners officially accepted the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act recovery funding of $22 million.

The dollars can be used by the county for such needs as public health, economic impact, essential worker pay, and infrastructure.

Commissioner Scott Metzger said it’s essential that the money be spent wisely.

He noted that commissioners will meet with different government officials and organizations to consider funding needs.

Municipalities are receiving their own share of American Rescue funding.

It was noted that the application deadline for the money is June 30.

Commissioners approved an agreement with STEP, Inc. for $55,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to assist people impacted by COVID-19 with rental, utility, and mortgage payments.

Commissioners urged people who need help to contact STEP.

Commissioners approved $50,000 for Rider Park renovations.

The lease agreement with ARD Operating, LLC for space in the county’s Third Street Plaza building was renewed for an additional year by commissioners.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a dump truck from Sunbury Motors Ford for $57,497. The truck, for landfill needs, replaces an older vehicle used as a trade-in with the purchase.

Commissioners approved the following personnel to fill vacancies:

• Mark L. Haas, development services supervisor, Planning & Community Development, $42,986 per year.

• Janine M. Mastracco, court clerk, $14.09 per hour.

• Dawn Coleman, clerk, $14.09 per hour.

• Adam J. Ross, part-time deputy sheriff, $21.33 per hour.

Mya Toon, chief procurement officer, reported to commissioners that requests for proposals will be made for construction services at three communications tower sites.

In other matters, commissioners approved:

• An amendment with Monitronics International, Inc. for a security system at District Judge William Solomon’s office at $2,224 per year.

• An agreement with GovPilot, LLC for software services in different county departments at an annual cost of $39,600.

• Purchase of mental health first aid training manuals for the Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board for $9,030.

The next commissioners’ meeting will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport.

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