River Avenue traffic signal to be updated

(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.)

From Staff Reports

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

Federal

The U.S. Sentate and House of Representatives did not vote this week.

State

The state Sentate and House of Representatives were not in session this week.

County

Lycoming County commissioners approved three memorandums of understanding with West Branch Drug and Alcohol, one for $30,000, dealing with adults; one for $15,000 dealing with juveniles; and one for $44,000, for administration work with the prison and pre-release center. Commissioners voting were Rick Mirabito and Tony Mussare. Jack McKernan was absent.

The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority voted to adopt a resolution to execute a cooperation agreement between the authority and Montoursville Borough regarding the borough’s application for $272,516 in financial assistance from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for the extension of South Montour Street to the airport. Authority members voting were Christopher Logue, state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Rebecca Burke and Atwood L. Welker.

Municipal

Jersey Shore Borough Council agreed to buy a bucket truck for maintenance purposes at a cost of $9,150 from Sweitzer Auto Sales and a compactor for $2,690 from Highway Equipment and Supply Co. The funds for both items will come from the Equipment and Vehicle Replacement Fund.

Loyalsock Township supervisors approved a partnership with the state Department of Transportation to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of River Avenue and Washington Boulevard. PennDOT will cover costs for the new light as well as installation. Supervisors also approved the transfer of $30,000 from the Fire Company Capital Reserve Fund so the Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Co. can purchase new digital radios and accepted a 2015 Community Development Block Grant. Voting unanimously on all actions were Marc Sortman, Virginia Eaton, John Bower Jr. and Rick Wheeland. Paul Nyman was absent.

City Council voted 6-0 to approve on first reading a repeal of the city rental ordinance and changes that pertain to regulations for rental property owners, landlords and tenants. Voting were President Jonathan Williamson, Liz Miele, Joel Henderson, Bonnie Katz, N. Clifford “Skip” Smith and Don Noviello. Randall J. Allison was absent.

Muncy Borough Council listened to about 30 speakers during public comment to address a waste-to-energy plant proposed by Delta Thermal Energy. All those who spoke were against the plant. “Why would Muncy want to be a guinea pig for experimental technology?” was one of many questions asked. Present at the meeting were council members Richard “Buzz” Baker, Karen Richards, Elaine McAleer, Linda Stein and Edward Feigles. Matilda Noviello and Dana Bertin were absent.

South Williamsport Borough Council discussed the vacancies on the zoning board. The council will vote on either reappointing Larry Baker and David Huyck, whose terms have both expired, or appointing new people during the next meeting. Present were council members Robert Cronin, Joseph LaRue Jr., Cory Lehman, David Geise, Fred March, John Decker, Carl Nolan, J. Bernard Schelb and Henry Frey Jr.

School District

Jersey Shore Area School Board agreed to hire Jonathan Palumbo, assistant swimming coach, $2,195 stipend, and Nicole Bower, eighth-grade learning support teacher, $50,696 salary, and to appoint Randy Smith as volunteer middle school girls basketball coach and Buffy Neese as interim head cheerleading adviser. Voting were David Hines, Denise Smith, Christopher Fravel, Kelley Wasson, Craig Allen, Merrill Sweitzer, Mary Thomas and Karen Stover. Loren Koch was absent.

Montoursville Area School Board attempted but failed to fire solicitor Benjamin Landon; the board voted 2-4. Voting yes were Scott Konkle and William Ruffing. Voting no were Ronald Snell, Denise Johns, Robert Logue and George Hagemeyer. The board unanimously voted to hire the following coaches for athletics: Stephanie Confer, head swimming coach, $3,000 stipend; Russell Gombosi, assistant swimming coach, $2,500 stipend; Ken Tallman, middle school wrestling, $2,600; and JoAnn Reeves, assistant boy’s tennis coach, $1,700. It also approved to hire Mary Bower, Loyalsock Valley Elementary School cafeteria worker, $8.40 per hour and Kristin DeTato, C. E. McCall Middle School cafeteria worker, $8.40 per hour.