LEGISLATIVE TALLY: State house passes gambling bill, city approves traffic tech
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
• The House voted 109-72 to pass legislation expanding casino-style gambling to truck stops, online portals and airports, and to allow 10 new mini-casinos to open. Voting yes was state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy. Voting no were state Reps. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, and Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro.
• City Council voted 5-0 to authorize the administration to submit a $1.4 million grant to the state Department of Transportation for a “Green Light Go” technology to ease traffic congestion in the Central Business District’s eastern end. Voting were Randall J. Allison, Joel Henderson, Bonnie Katz, Don Noviello and Clifford “Skip” Smith. Council President Jonathan Williamson abstained to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest and Liz Miele was absent.
• The Loyalsock Township School Board unanimously approved Shannon Mackler and Kelly Gamble-Maggs as part-time paraprofessionals, both for $10.60 an hour and Charles Greevy as a programming language instructor teaching Introduction to Classroom Strategies for a stipend of $2,500 for the 2017-18 year. Voting yes were Maureen Carey, William P. Carlucci, David P. Hornberger, Christina L. Kiessling, John B. Raymond, Paul R. Watson II and Sheila J. Yates. Edward H. Ade Jr. and Paul R. Young II were absent.
• The East Lycoming School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Kenneth Tallman, currently of PA Treatment and Healing Center, for a salary of $50,000 with benefits. The board also approved the tenure of music teacher Brian Scott and the addition of Elizabeth Temple to the daily substitute teaching and support staff list. Voting yes were Donna Gavitt, Richard Bradley, Michael Mamrak, Robert Heckrote, Richard Michael, Karen Berger, Randy Eddinger, Kristy Creasy and Diane Santo.