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The “Over the Edge” fundraising event will again send people rappelling down the side of the William Hepburn High Rise following approval of a resolution by the Lycoming County Housing Authority board.

The resolution approves the partnership with the authority, YWCA Northcentral PA, the local YMCA, the Williamsport Area School District’s Education Foundation and the Over the Edge organization which actually sets up and oversees the event.

The high rise had hosted the event in 2018 and 2019, and according to a report from MeriLyn Severson, the authority’s executive director, “the Over the Edge group was terrific to work with and consistently demonstrated the fact that safety was the top priority during every facet of the event.”

“I know the staff can agree with me that it went absolutely, beautifully, smoothly. There was zero required of us. We over-prepared and really didn’t need to do what we did because everything was taken care of,” Severson said.

“I think most importantly our residents had a really nice time too. Our residents came out and watched in the yard and it was a really fun event for them,” she added.

In a departure from other years, the fundraiser will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23, to offer rappellers a nighttime experience.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 2022 Chevrolet truck at a cost of $40,048. The price includes a $7,200 COSTARS credit and $14,000 trade-in on the current vehicle. It replaces the authority’s 2013 vehicle as per their vehicle replacement schedule.

The board passed a resolution accepting bids from Tara’s Painting and Do it All Contracting for a general service contract for cycle painting and occasional vacancy turn-over painting jobs.

Tara’s Painting was the lower of the two bids, so they would be the main contractor, Severson said. If they are not available for some reason, then Do It All Contracting would be contacted.

“We have about 98 residents that are eligible for cycle painting. That does not mean they’ll all want to,” Severson said.

She noted that some people don’t want to move their stuff in order for the painting to be done.

“But, we are required to do it (the painting),” she added. “We’re going to work with residents one by one in order to get their units done.”

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