Community Development Block Grant funding approved for projects throughout Lycoming County
Lycoming County commissioners approved $607,455 in 2021 Community Development Block Grant funding for projects during their regular weekly meeting.
The dollars will be allocated for the following projects: Brooke Street water main replacement in Montgomery, $291,230; curb cuts, Jersey Shore, $97,210; homes in need, Montoursville, $99,959; and Habitat for Humanity acquisition, South Williamsport, $119,056.
Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the funding following a brief public hearing.
Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers funding, presented the projects.
She said administrative costs include identifying and selecting projects, submitting applications, managing contracts and an environmental review process.
Commissioners approved a letter of commitment for a $500,000 Keystone Communities grant to fund improvements at the Timber Run Industrial Park along Route 15 across from the county landfill.
The funding would offset costs for extending a water line to the property, the site of Digger Specialties Inc., and any future development.
Lycoming County Planning and Community Development Executive Director Shannon Rossman told commissioners that efforts are underway to develop land at the golf course.
Previous plans to sell off land for construction of housing hit a snag when it was discovered that federal money used to assist with purchase of the property in the 1980s was made with the condition that it remain for recreational use.
Rossman said she is working with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to resolve the issue and develop land.
“We hope to move forward,” she said.
In a related matter, commissioners approved an amendment to the agreement with Antares Golf, formerly known as Indigo Golf Partners, for management of the golf course.
In other matters, commissioners approved a recycling grant of $210,526 to be used for reimbursement of equipment purchases.
They also approved Gary T. Staggart as deputy director/operations for Resource Management Services at a salary of $63,563.
He replaces David P. Bonus who is retiring in January and will move into a temporary position within the department until that time.
Commissioners also approved Daxston J. Silver to fill a vacancy in information services as a software specialist at a salary of $35,642.
In other action, commissioners approved:
• Purchase of a roller for the landfill at a cost of $210,526.
• A grant of $153,114 for Lycoming County United Way.
• A grant of $121,260 for West Branch Drug and Alcohol Commission.