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A variation order that will add $79,199 to the Eck’s Run Basin renovation project in South Williamsport has been approved by the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority board at its meeting this week.

The project, which is part of the borough’s stormwater management program, is located behind CVS Plaza, and additional change order work will now include the replacement of approximately 100 feet of sewer line located on along the southern basin area. The work will be carried out before the renovations of the basin. The cost of the change order will be passed on to the Borough of South Williamsport.

A memorandum of understanding between the boroughs of DuBoistown and South Williamsport to use the same engineering firm for a storm water improvement project at the borough boundaries has been introduced.

“In this case, DuBoistown and South Williamsport have been working on a tough stormwater problem that they have right at the borough boundaries of Riverside Drive and Euclid Avenue. Several months ago they decided to partner up and use the same engineering company which happens to be HRG,” said Christine Weigle, executive director of LCWSA.

“We got involved in this project because we saw the benefit of the two boroughs working together, and we submitted on behalf of the stormwater management program an application to the county for funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. We support and defend this project, especially the beneficial partnership we see between the two boroughs,” Weigle said.

The boroughs had asked LCWSA to take over the engineering portion of the project as it progressed to facilitate a practical solution and bring the two boroughs closer together, Weigle said.

“The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the partnership that will take place under this arrangement. This is another example of the benefits of the intergovernmental cooperation agreement that was established several years ago. This is truly another opportunity to demonstrate how we can build on the spirit of cooperation we have gained through the stormwater management program,” she says.

The cost of the first phase of engineering, which includes a topographic survey and base mapping, is $12,890, and the second phase, delineation assistance, would be $19,730. Cost sharing would be a 50-50 split.

The memorandum of understanding is conditional on the approval of both boroughs.

Paving proposed by PennDOT next year on Highway 15 in Armstrong Township will affect some of the authority’s manholes. The Department of Highways agreed to pay 75% of the costs associated with moving or adjusting the manholes.

The next council meeting will be at 6 p.m. on August 3 at the authority’s council chambers, 380 Old Cement Road, Montoursville.

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