Legislative Tally: US House OKs ADA education bill
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
• The House voted 225-192 in favor of the ADA Education and Reform Act. Voting yes was U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station. Voting no was Glenn Thompson, R-Howard.
• The House voted 245-171 in favor of the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard.
• The Lycoming County commissioners voted to officially join the national initiative Stepping Up, which gives counties tools and programming to help lessen the number of people with mental illnesses being incarcerated as opposed to getting the mental health services they may need to live as a productive member of the community. The commissioners also approved three professional service agreements in the amount of $237,836 for new server and hardware upgrades and additional licensing from information technology specialists Arraya Solutions. The final cost shows a 5 percent savings from the amount of nearly $240,000 proposed at an earlier meeting. Voting were Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.
• City Council voted 6-0 to allow purchase of a $21,802 tractor for the public works department. Voting in favor were: Randall J. Allison, Joel Henderson, Bonnie Katz, Derek Slaughter, Liz Miele and Don Noviello. President Jonathan Williamson was absent. Council voted in the same manner to approve an engineering contract with AMEC for not more than $27,879 to obtain data from the pump stations as part of a levee recertification process.
• Jersey Sore Borough Council voted 8-0 to approve a letter of intent for the consolidation of Citizen’s Hose Co. and Independent Hose Co. Voting yes were Sean Simcox. Janet Barnhart, Barb Schmouder, Ken Scheesley, Paul Garrett and Marguerite Dyroff. Mike Zellers was absent.
• Montoursville Area School Board voted 7-2 to approve a preliminary budget that calls for a real estate tax increase of 0.85 mills. The tax hike exceeds the Act 1 Index of 3.1 percent allowed by the state. Voting yes were Susan Beery, Scott Konkle, Robert Logue, Jennifer Marriott, William Ruffing, Daniel Albert and Dottie Mathers. Voting no were Ron Snell and Dave Shimmel.
• The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 6-2 to adopt its preliminary 2018-19 budget reflecting a real estate tax increase of 1.2657 mills for Clinton County and .9475 mills for Lycoming County, and the board authorized the administration to apply for referendum exceptions to increase real estate taxes above the Act 1 Index of 3.3 percent. The budget is subject to change until the final budget is approved in June. Voting yes were members Kelley Wasson, Craig Allen, John Pecchia, Karen Stover, Christopher Fravel and Mary Thomas. Voting no were members Harry Brungard and Merrill Sweitzer. Member Michelle Stemler was absent.
• The Loyalsock Township School Board unanimously approved awarding a general construction contract for the facility improvement project for auditorium renovations at the middle school and high school shared building to J&M Construction Specialty Inc., 799 Foresman St., in the amount of $117,500. Voting yes were members Edward H. Ade Jr., Paul R. Young II, Charles W. Edmonds, David P. Hornberger, Christina L. Kiessling, Robert D. Leidhecker, John B. Raymond, Paul R. Watson II and Melvin E. Wentzel.