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Lycoming County commissioners talk American Rescue Plan funds

Early plans slate dollars for infrastructure, housing

Lycoming County commissioners are working on a plan to spend the county’s share of American Rescue Plan funding over the next few months.

Commissioner Scott Metzger announced at Tuesday’s meeting that the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is part of the process to consider what projects can use the federal dollars.

The county is to receive $22 million over two years.

Among the areas targeted for spending are infrastructure upgrades and housing needs. Metzger noted that about 200 homes are on the market in the county, a number drastically down from previous years.

“There is a major shortage of housing,” he said.

Mirabito said early learning opportunities could be another possibility for the funding. He urged the public to come forward with any projects for consideration.

Commissioner Tony Mussare noted that any unspent funds will be lost. The expectation is to have a spending plan in place after Labor Day.

In other matters, commissioners approved an agreement with the borough of Montoursville for $56,163 in Community Development Block Grant funding related to COVID-19.

The funding provides assistance for rent, mortgage and utilities for those who fell behind in payments during the pandemic.

Commissioners approved the purchase of two transfer trailers for the county landfill at a cost of $117,390. Resources Management Services Director Jason Yorks noted that the vehicles will replace older trailers needed for hauling waste.

In personnel matters, commissioners approved the hiring of Timothy R. DeHart as a temporary equipment operator at the landfill at $18 per hour. They also appointed Karen Mitchell to the assessment appeals board.

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