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Courtroom renovation bids on the agenda Thursday

LOCK HAVEN — Renovations to the large courtroom at the Clinton County Courthouse have been a topic of discussion for more than a year.

It now appears that work will finally get started soon.

At Monday’s work session of the Clinton County commissioners, Clinton County Grants Administrator Gabriel Caprio reported that bids for the project will be approved or rejected at Thursday’s voting session of the commissioners, and he expected work on the project to begin in late February or early March.

Caprio said the ceiling, which is marked by peeling white paint that has been dropping onto the floor, will be taken care of first. That will be followed by electrical repairs, walls of the courtroom and then work outside of the courtroom.

Commissioner Miles Kessinger said the complete scope of the renovation project will be disclosed Thursday.

Also Monday, the commissioners received a report from Scott Kreamer and Mike Fisher of SEDA-COG, on the Broadband Coverage and Feasibility Study.

The study was conducted to show the needs for high speed internet in Lycoming, Clinton, Northumberland and Union Counties.

As far as Clinton County goes, Kreamer said the study shows the entire county is being underserved. The areas underserved are divided into three sections — Renovo, Farwell and North Bend; Lock Haven and Wayne Township, and Loganton and Sugar Valley.

The next step is to apply for grant money to fund the project, Fisher said, talking about several grants that the county should consider applying for to pay for the work. He said he met with the other three counties and they are all enthusiastic about moving forward.

It’s expected the commissioners will take action on this item on Thursday.

Also expected on Thursday’s agenda is action by the county commissioners to apply for Act 13 bridge funding which could be used to for construction of the Rail Trail Bridge.

County Planner Katie deSilvis reported that the board’s solicitor Larry Coploff reviewed the law concerning use of money from that fund and “trail building” is an eligible use. deSilvis told the commissioners she needs a letter by the end of this week as notification of the intent to see Act 13 funds to build the Bald Eagle Valley Trail across the railroad bridge in Wayne Township.

In response to a question by local resident Richard Morris, Kessinger said the county commissioners will sit as a board of appeals. “We don’t want top pay someone for something we can do ourselves,” Kessinger said.

Thursday’s voting session begins at 10 a.m. at the Piper Building.

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