DuBoistown appoints new councilwoman
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The Senate voted 54-46 to table the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Resolution to fund the government. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor, while U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted against it.
The House voted 252-173 to pass a bill that makes continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 254-171 to pass a bill that makes continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014. Voting in favor were Marino and Thompson.
The House voted 189-6 to pass an act establishing the Pennsylvania Tourism Commission; establishing the Tourism Promotion Trust Fund; and repealing the Travel and Tourism Act. Voting in favor were state Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro; Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven.
The House voted 174-21 to pass an act amending The Local Tax Enabling Act, which allows school districts to collect a tax to reduce or eliminate property taxes. Voting in favor were Mirabito, Everett, Baker and Hanna.
The House voted 194-0 to pass an act amending the Health and Safety of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in emergency telephone service, providing for prohibited release of information. Voting in favor were Mirabito, Everett, Baker and Hanna.
The House voted 194-0 to pass an act amending Crimes and Offenses of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for the offense of luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure. Voting in favor were Mirabito, Everett, Baker and Hanna.
The Senate voted 50-0 to pass an act amending Domestic Relations of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, regarding reporting child abuse procedures. Voting in favor were state Sens. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joseph B. Scarnati, R-Brockway.
The Lycoming County commissioners approved a $450,000 competitive Community Development Block Grant Thursday that will assist low- to moderate-income Antes Fort homeowners connect to Tiadaghton Valley Municipal Authority’s new sewer lateral system in the spring. Voting in favor were Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.
The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority adopted a resolution that closes out their 2011 $14 million bond issue for Chesapeake Bay construction improvements for the Montoursville Regional Sewage Treatment Plant and the administration facilities project. Voting in favor were Mary Bennardi, Paul Wentzler, Richard Haas, Robert Hippenstiel, James Carpenter, Scott Slocum and Charles Hall. Don Konkle was absent.
Duboistown Borough Council appointed Jenny Miller to fill a vacancy on council. Miller fills the seat formerly held by Paul McKinley, who resigned after taking a job as head of the borough’s highway maintenance department. Voting in favor were Michael Rodgers, Michael Caschera, James Barger, Norman Cowden and Michael Wall. John McCormick was absent.
Duboistown Borough Council voted to authorize its personnel committee to interview and hire up to two part-time employees for the highway maintenance department. Voting yes were Michael Rodgers, Michael Caschera, James Barger, Norman Cowden, Michael Wall, and Jenny Miller.
Williamsport Area School Board voted 9-0 to approve an agreement for the naming rights of the Williamsport Area High School’s football stadium between the district and Student Transportation of America Inc. for $500,000. The field will be named STA Stadium, effective July 1, 2014. Payments of $100,000 will be made for the next five years. Voting in favor were board members Lori Baer, Thomas Zimmerman, Jerene Milliken, David Stone Jr., Dale Vollman, Brette Confair, Jay Shultz, Dr. Jane Penman and Karen Confer.