City pool closing measure gains; skate ban OK’d

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:


The House passed the Fiscal Year 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Bill. It includes funding for Hurricane Sandy victims. U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, voted no. U.S. Rep. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, voted yes.


The State Senate was not in session. The House did not pass any major legislation.


Lycoming County commissioners approved the purchase of 2164 Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township for $235,000 for the future offices of District Judge Jon E. Kemp. Commissioners also approved the hiring of Steven J. Sorage as a full-time county detective working in the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office at an hourly rate of $17.50. Voting in favor of both measures were Commissioners Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.


Jersey Shore Borough Council unanimously approved plans to upgrade maintenance building lighting at a cost of $1,930. The lighting improvements are expected to save Jersey Shore $1,353 per year. Voting yes were Sean Simcox, Wade Snyder, Janet Barnhart, Marguerite Dyroff, Mary Greene, Deborah Colocino, Kenneth Scheesely and John Pisarcik.

Woodward Township supervisors voted unanimously to recommend Cliff Mahaffey to the Planning Commission. Voting were Thomas F. Frantz, Alan J. Worth and Wayne P. Robinson.

City Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation for Penelope Young Miller, 1118 Baldwin St., to start a potter and ceramics class inside a garage to the rear of her property. Voting 6-0 were Marvin Staiman, president; Carolyn Bullock, vice president, Sam Washington, Harry Sechler, Chris Keiser and Charles Plankenhorn. Not present were Tom Hunsberger and William Rischar.

Brandon Park/Shade Tree Commission voted to recommend approval and agreed with the city recreation commission that Brandon Park Pool be shut down permanently and that outbuildings be converted into a concession stand. Voting in favor were Sally Wiegand, president, Dave Myers and Jeff Reeder. Voting against the proposal was Thad Meckley.

The city zoning hearing board voted to grant a table-of-use variance to Penelope Young Miller, 1118 Baldwin St., for a ceramics class she wants to hold inside a garage on her property. The vote was 4-0 with stipulation of no more than five pupils at once, caution she use the two off-street parking spaces to the side of the garage and two nights of operation. Voting were Mary Lou Baldys, Mary Zeitler, Judy Sarrett and Linda Crockett.

Hughesville Borough Council voted 6-0 to pass an ordinance that bans skateboarding or rollerblading on borough streets, sidewalks or alleys between dusk and dawn. Voting in favor were Jeff Berger, Andrew Mook, James Savage, Curtis Michael, Mary Burns and Richard Smith.

School district

Montgomery School Board voted unanimously to adopt a tax resolution stating that it does not expect to raise real estate taxes for the 2013-14 budget. Voting were Adam R. Diggan, Jody L. Budman, Gabriel P. Blasi, Christopher J. Johnson, Todd S. Woodling, Paul E. Stryker Jr., Todd Baker and Benjamin J. Enders. Augustine Spizzirri and Gary L. Yocum were absent.