(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The House voted 264-161 to pass a bill that delays the application of the employer health insurance mandate. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 251- 174 to pass a bill that delays the application of the individual health insurance mandate. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 221-207 to pass a bill to support state and local accountability for public education, protect state and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 405-2 on a bill to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents. Voting in favor was U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 411-0 to pass a bill that ensures the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes, and the continued development of the general aviation industry. Voting in favor was U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 411-0 to pass a bill that designates the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Southeast in the District of Columbia as the “Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building.” Voting in favor was U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The Senate voted 82-17 to confirm Fred P. Hochberg, of New York, to be president of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted against it.
The House voted 103 – 85 to pass the fiscal code. Voting in favor were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Matthew Baker, R-Wellsboro. Voting against it were state Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, and Michael Hanna, D-Lock Haven.
The Lycoming County commissioners voted unanimously to approve all below actions. Commissioner Chairman Jeff Wheeland was absent at Thursday’s voting session.
The commissioners approved four professional service agreements for the juvenile probation office:
2012-13 agreement with Diversified Treatment Alternatives – no rate increase
2013-14 agreement with Diversified Treatment Alternatives – 4/8 percent rate increase
2013-14 agreement with Pennsylvania Treatment & Healing (PATH) – no rate increase for the group home/halfway house and emergency foster care; $1 a day rate increase for the non-medical assistance rate for specialized foster care, and the same increase for medical assistance.
New 2013-14 agreement with Second Haven Services for Youth – residential regular rate of $160 a day; residential special rate at $190 a day.
The commissioners approved an amendment to professional service agreement with Environmental Products & Services of Vermont.
The commissioners approved the 2012 annual county hazardous materials assessment.
The commissioners approved a $38,787 invoice from Logistic System Inc.
The commissioners approved a Lycoming County Intermediate Punishment Program grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for $19,690.
The commissioners approved a Lycoming County Treatment Court grant from PCCD for $427,596.
The commissioners approved a change order to the single-stream recycling equipment project with Green Machine Sales, LLC, for the additional equipment accessories and construction items for $333,600.
City Planning Commission voted to give a positive recommendation to a request by the city Islamic Center to be given conditional use for the center to operate at a new site at a vacant house at 636 Campbell St., with parking at 751 Park Ave. once the abandoned building is razed. Chairman Marvin Staiman, Harry Sechler, Chris Keiser, Charles Plankenhorn and Theresa Williams were in favor, while Sam Washington and Carolyn Bullock abstained. Commission member William Rischar and Tom Hunsberger were absent.
Woodward Township Supervisors voted to amend their 2013 budget to add their Act 13 Impact Fee allotment of $57,611.35 to the township’s general fund. Voting were Alan Worth and Wayne Robinson. Thomas Frantz was absent.
The impact on surrounding wells from a proposed water withdrawal site in Old Lycoming Township was discussed in the fifth meeting of a public hearing at Old Lycoming Township fire hall. Hydrogeologist Doug Cwienk, of GeoServices Ltd., testified the 250,000 gallons withdrawn per day at the proposed site at 3231 Lycoming Creek Road would not adversely impact the quantity or quality of water in the basin now or in the future. Residents present expressed concern.
The Lycoming County Planning Commission (LCPC) unanimously approved with conditions a proposed land development plan for a new warehouse and parking area in Marcellus Energy Park Development leased by FMC Technologies, owned by Fishlips, LLC.
The LCPC also approved with conditions a land development plan for a proposed Watson Township Municipal building, storage building and recycling center. Those voting in favor for both measures were members Howard Fry, Carl Nolan, Bill Parsons, Jim Dunn, Larry Fry, Christopher Keiser, Kurt Hausammann, Herm Logue, Carl Nolan, Cindy Bower and Joseph Neyhart.
From Staff Reports
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The Lycoming County Water & Sewer Authority authorized HRG to do professional services work for the new control building at the Beaver Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility at a cost of $13,500. Voting yes were Richard Haas, Robert Hippenstiel, Jan Ransdorf, Mary Bennardi, Paul Wentzler and James W.Carpenter.
Montoursville Borough Council hired HRI to do reconstruction work of Bennett and Pine streets at a cost of $160,278. Voting yes were Dennis Holt, Mark Tillson, Kim DiRocco, Robert Browson, Ron Shearer, and Eugene Boyles. Council hired Craig Jernigan for the streets/water department at an hourly wage of $17.25. Voting yes were DiRocco, Boyles, Shearer, Brobson. Voting no were Tillson and Holt.
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters last week:
The House passed House Resolution 238 by a vote of 199-0. It was sponsored by Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Sons of Italy, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
The House passed House Bill 726 by a vote of 191-6. It reduces the threshold of injury for defining acts of child abuse and includes more specific acts as defined as child abuse. Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro; and Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, voted in favor.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 1010, introduced by Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, by a vote of 49-0. It authorizes overload permits for trucks hauling bulk milk, including condensed and evaporated milk, that do not exceed 95,000 pounds.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 607 by a vote of 48-1. It requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rental properties that burn fossil fuels as a heating source. For residential properties, the bill would require a disclosure regarding the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in the statement about a property during the time of sale. Yaw voted in favor.
Lycoming County commissioners approved two flood buy-out projects totaling $153,095 using hazard mitigation grants. The buyouts will be used for properties in Plunketts Creek, Lewis and Shrewsbury townships. Commissioners also approved the hiring of a new part-time clerk in the sheriff’s office. Voting in favor of both measures were Jeff C. Wheeland and Tony Mussare. Ernie Larson was absent.
Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority voted 9-0 to release the borrowing of $15 million over three years to pay for infrastructure projects, including replacing aged water mains. Voting in favor were Thomas A. Frazier, William E. Nichols, Eiderson A. Dean, William Ertel, Steven W. Cappelli, George Bierman, Thomas Marnon, Dr. Marshall D. Welch, and Matthew Rebeck. John Meyer was absent.
Williamsport City Council voted 6-0 to release $3 million in Home Partnership Investment funds for the Brodart housing project on Memorial Avenue. Voting in favor were President Bill Hall, Bonnie Katz, Liz Miele, Randall J. Allison, Don Noviello and N. Clifford “Skip” Smith. Councilman Jonathan Williamson was absent.
Jersey Shore Area School Board approved a budget without increasing real estate taxes. Voting in favor of the spending plan were school directors Harry Brungard, Robert Pryor, Denise Smith, Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Harry Miller, Heather Williamson, Shelly Helm and Loren Koch.