County approves judge’s lease, state acts on HSA bill
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
• The House voted 189-0 on a bill that provides for direct primary care, medical service agreements and insurance, for medical service agreement requirements, for use of health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts and for use of other health care practitioners. Voting yes were state Reps. Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township.
• The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously renewed a lease in the amount of $1,917 per month for District Judge Jerry C. Lepley’s 3,400 square foot office space at 216 Market St., Jersey Shore, which is owned by Lepley’s wife, Tammy Lepley. Solicitor J. David Smith declared the renewal “a legitimate transaction for the commissioners to approve” after a constituent proposed the matter might be a conflict of interest. The commissioners also unanimously adopted a resolution extending the Keystone Opportunity Zone status of Timber Run, Timber End, Turkey Run and Marcellus Energy parks. Voting were Jack McKernan, Rick Mirabito and Tony Mussare.
• The Lycoming County Housing Authority Board voted 3-0 to approve the 20’8 annual and five-year agency plans, which include proposals for special needs and senior citizen residences. Voting yes were Kenneth Young, George Girio and Nicoya Catino. Holly Baker and Alfreda Baer were absent.
• City Council voted 7-0 to approve a $21.2 million bond to be taken out by the finance department through M&T Securities to pay of existing bond debt at lower interest. Voting in favor were President Jonathan Williamson, Joel Henders, Bonnie Katz, Liz Miele, Don Noviello, Randall J. Allison and Clifford “Skip” Smith.
• The Jersey Shore Area School Board unanimously approved a new salary system including raises for athletic coaches during its meeting. The salary increases will be implemented over three years. According to Benjamin Enders, district business manager, the new salary system will have a cost to the district of roughly $10,250 for 2017-18, $8,500 for 2018-19 and $8,200 for 2019-20. Voting yes were members Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Merrill Sweitzer, Christopher Fravel, Denise Smith, David Hines, Loren Koch, Mary Thomas and Kelley Wasson.
• The East Lycoming School Board unanimously approved to give its school resource officer a $3,000 raise at their last meeting. This is the first year that there has been an increase in the contract in three years. The contract increased from $50,000 for the 2016-17 school year to $53,000 for 2017-18.
In attendance were Donna Gavitt, Richard Bradley, Michael Mamrak, Robert Heckrote, Richard Michael, Randy Eddinger, Karen Berger and Diane Santo. Kristy Creasy was absent.