Grant will help borough residents improve homes
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
• The House voted 344-81 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes fiscal year 2018 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation. U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard, voted yes.
• The Senate voted 46-2 in favor of a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for exemptions and special provisions. Currently, the Pennsylvania Constitution allows local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 50 percent of the median assessed value of homestead property within the taxing district. House Bill 1285 would increase the allowable exclusion to 100 percent. If adopted by the voters, it would allow for the elimination of school property taxes on owner-occupied residential properties. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.
• Jersey Shore Borough Council voted 8-0 to approve a $350,000 federal grant for the home improvement program covering repairs of eligible properties. Voting yes were Mike Zellers, Janet Barnhart, Paul Garrett, Sean Simcox, Denise Hurlbutt, Barb Schmouder, Marguerite Dyroff and Kenneth Scheesley.
• The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority announced it was awarded a $3.3 million grant to be used for construction projects including milling and overlaying a runway as well as updating the runway lighting. The grant comes from the Federal Aviation Administration through its Airport Improvement Program. The authority also unanimously accepted a proposal from Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates Inc., of Williamsport, for independent testing and inspection services not to exceed $35,000. Voting were Christopher A. Logue, Atwood L. Welker, William J. Martin, Frank G. Pellegrino, Ryan M. Tira, Rebecca A. Burke and state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy.
• The Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 5-0 to approved a liquor license transfer allowing the local A-1 Convenience Store to begin selling beer. The state license now alows the gas station and convenience store, at 1220 River Ave., to sell beer to go with no on-site consumption. Voting were Marc Sortman, Virginia Eaton, Paul Nyman, John Bower Jr. and Rick Wheeland
• Montoursville Area School Board voted 7-0 to award a $47,922 contract with KIT Network Cabling, of Annville, to install new camera systems for C.E. McCall Middle and Lyter Elementary schools. Voting yes were Ron Snell, George Hagemeyer, Jennifer Marriott, William Ruffing, Robert Logue, Denise Johns and Scott Konkle. Karen Wright and William McCleary were absent.