WILLIAMSPORT — An $800,000 grant the county received from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency several years ago will be used to establish a revolving loan fund to clean up the county’s brownfields. The program is expected to launch this year, according to Jenny Picciano of the county’s planning and community development department.
“We will establish these loans and grants to be used to clean up contaminated sites,” Picciano said, adding that the program would hopefully launch this summer.
Commissioner Rick Mirabito noted that due to lack of county staff, the program has not been able to move forward so far.
In preparation for the launch, commissioners approved an EPA-required closing agreement.
Brownfields are former industrial or commercial sites where there is environmental contamination that affects future use.
Under action items, commissioners approved: an agreement with Dr. Janice Ophoven, pediatric forensic pathologist, for services for an upcoming case at the Public Defender’s Office; an amendment to an agreement with PharmChem, Inc., for drug abuse detection products for the pre-launch center; a memorandum of understanding with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership; an updated County Emergency Management Agency Nuclear/Radiological Incident Plan – APPENDIX A for incidents at nuclear power plants; and a letter of support with Diamond Rose Associates regarding an application for low-income housing tax credits with the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Authority, involving two housing units, one at Grier Street and the other at Linn Street. Both are in Williamsport.
During the meeting, county employees with a combined 90 years of service were recognized by the commissioners. The employees are:
— Christine Walters, 20, pre-release center.
— Kate Nickles, 10, Coroner’s Office.
— Jynara Kibler, 10, Adult Probation Office.
— Vicki Bolay, 30, Family Relations Office.
— Matt Gotshall, 20, Adult Probation Office.
“They stayed because they care about each other and they care about the community and what they do,” Commissioner Scott Metzger said of the employees.
The next meeting of Commissioners will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 in the Board of Commissioners Room, First Floor, Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.