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Lycoming County water/sewer employees to get wage increase

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority administrative office building sits on Old Cement Road in Montoursville.

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority approved an inflationary wage increase for their employees, acknowledging that they operate with a lean staff of 22 full-time workers while operating four sewage systems, three water systems, separately supporting four municipal partners, and managing two MS4 stormwater permits.

“The systems that we operate and maintain are spread across Lycoming County and demand a significant amount of institutional, technical and industry knowledge,” said Christine Weigle, the Authority’s executive director. “Without our employees, we would be unable to fulfill our mission.”

“With workforce shortages coupled with rapidly rising inflation, the unprecedented action was necessary to recognize the value of our employees while striving to be competitive in our industry,” she added.

The board approved the inflationary increase of $2 per hour per employee at their June meeting.

They also authorized the pass-through cost for a sewer on the Eck’s Run Project site, located behind the CVS Plaza in South Williamsport. The borough will ultimately bear the cost of the work, which is estimated at $79,199 and will be done by Masters Excavating, LLC.

The work change directive to allow Masters to do the job is contingent on approval by South Williamsport.

“When we started this project, the Public Works sewer crew wanted to try to fix the problem that they had through there but it’s more work than what they can handle and the work needs to be done before we do our work,” Weigle said.

“There’s a lot of bypass pumping in that area. It’s deep, It needs trench boxes,” she said.

Weigle indicated that in speaking with the authority’s legal counsel that South Williamsport Borough could utilize American Rescue Plans funds for the project.

“This is an excellent example of a positive partnership that we have with South Williamsport in that we can add this to our contract and pass that cost back through to South Williamsport,” she said.

Emergency repair to a main on a site along Route 15 in Armstrong Township was approved by the board. The job will be done by Charles J. Mertes, electrical and mechanical contractor, at a cost of $8,200.

Erin Threet, assistant vice president with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., reported to the board that the authority’s wastewater treatment plant, collection and conveyance systems were in “very good order and being well maintained,” following an inspection by HRG.

The next meeting of the board will be at 6 p.m. July 6 at their board room, 380 Old Cement Road, Montoursville.

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