As a follow-up to last week’s meeting, Lycoming County Commissioners announced this week that they would explore various options for the location of the county coroner’s facility. One option mentioned by Commissioner Scott Metzger was Williamsport/Lycoming County Airport.
“I contacted the chairman of the airport authority after our meeting last week just to ask if they would have a discussion with the three commissioners about possibly moving the coroner to their property,” said Metzger.
“If you look at coroners in the state, the coroner in Berks County is located on airport property and also in other counties the coroner is located near airports,” he said.
Another option mentioned by Metzger is the
property owned by UPMC Susquehanna, located on High Street.
“We will continue discussions. Go back to the hospital to see if anything can work, maybe another package there in the hospital. Have these discussions with the hospital to see if they would agree to this,” said Metzger.
The third option is a property in Newberry just off Fourth Street across the bridge, Metzger said.
“We will contact this developer to possibly install the location there”, he said.
“We are not going to put all our eggs in one basket. We will try to have a discussion with the three to see what is the best option to move forward and try to do it in a timely manner. It’s been way too long” he stated.
He noted that the coroner will be included in meetings for potential sites.
The tax rolls for 2023 have been certified by the Commissioners acting as the Assessment Review Board. Taxable parcels number 51,997 with an assessment of $5,765,256,341. There are 2,062 exempt parcels for a total of $1,048,631,590. The total number of parcels is 54,059 with a total valuation of $6,813,887,931.
Commissioners approved an Act 13 deal with the West Branch Firemen’s Association for $300,000. Half of the proceeds will go towards rehabilitating the Central Fire Chiefs Association (CAFCA) Training Center on West Third Street and the other half will go to MAMA (Muncy Area Mutual Aid Association) which runs free training for county responders .
Bill 13 funds come from impact fees from natural gas industry drilling conducted in the county.
Other agenda items approved by the commissioners included: a proposal with Daikin Applied Americas, Inc., for $18,600 for leaking jail coolant; an amendment to an agreement with Mahantango Enterprises, Inc. for a one-year extension at no cost increase for landfill tire recycling; an amendment to an agreement with Kroff Chemical Company, Inc., for a two-year extension without a price increase to supply leachate compound to the landfill. The county will pay a $25 shipping fee per drum.; an equipment rental agreement with Kroff for a two-year extension to use their trailers to distribute leachate to the landfill; an amendment to an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a 60-day extension to supply electricity; a 60-day extension of a Letter of Confirmation No. 3 of the Master Power Purchase and Sale Agreement with Energy Power Investment Company, LLC; an extension of the deadline for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Application and Business Plan Submission for the DiSalvo’s Restaurant Addition and Renovation Project; and a Lycoming County Housing Starts Initiative grant to T-Ross Brothers Construction, Inc. in the amount of $34,696 for the development of Woodlands Heights.
Commissioners also approved the submission of the 2022 Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) grant application to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) for $1 million to support affordable housing. The listed projects that would benefit from the funding are: US Lifeguard Hire Assistance Program, $100,000; Asbury Foundation for Albright Life Rental Assistance Program, $40,000; the Scott Street plot of Greater Habitat for Humanity, $25,000; Habitat for Humanity Home Preservation Program, $25,000; the Clinton-Lycoming County Joiner Board, Interim Housing Program, $52,000; STEP’s supportive housing program, $200,000; STEP Regional Household Needs Program, $200,000; STEP’s Urgent Home Repair Program, $200,000; and the YWCA Liberty House program, $100,000.
The next meeting of Commissioners will be at 10 a.m., November 10, in the Board of Commissioners Room, 1st Floor Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.