Budgets progress, Gateway Project funds approved
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
• The House voted 340-72 to pass a bill that seeks to move forward a process toward building the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada that would store the nation’s radioactive nuclear waste. It would set a path forward for the Department of Energy to resume the process of planning for and building the southern Nevada site, transfer land to the federal agency for it, ease the federal funding mechanism and allow for the building or licensing of a temporary site to store waste while the Yucca project is being planned and built. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard. State
• The Senate and House were out of session.
• The Lycoming County commissioners committed $511,882 toward the East End Gateway Project for infrastructure improvements as well as $150,000 toward renovations of the old armory building in Loyalsock Township for STEP’s Loyalsock Center for Healthy Aging. Neither project will be paid for with taxpayer dollars, they said. Voting were Commissioners Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.
• The Loyalsock board of supervisors voted to table the creation of ordinance 386 that would give a no parking designation on Lincoln Drive after residents complained that cars parked on the street were limiting the sight of oncoming vehicles. Voting yes were Paul Nyman, John C. Bower Jr., Marc C. Sortman, Richard H. Wheeland and Virginia Eaton.
• Muncy Township board of supervisors read a letter from Geisinger conscerning the proposed construction along Route 220. They also voted to approve a change of use from retail to light manufacturing for the former Macy’s property. Voting for the measure was Tom Schaech and Matthew Doyle voted for the measure. Supervisor Gary Harmon was absent for the vote.
• City Council voted 5-0 to table a contract for $60 a year with Tom Keller Partners to work on finding funding for construction of flood-reduction equipment on Grafius Run watershed. Voting were Randall J. Allison, Liz Miele, Joel Henderson, Don Noviello and Derek Slaughter. Jonathan Williamson and Bonnie Katz did not vote.
• The Montoursville Area School Board voted 7-1 to approve a proposed final budget of $29 million for next year that raises real estate taxes by 0.55 mills. Voting yes were Daniel Albert, Robert Logue, Susan Beery, Dave Shimmel, William Ruffing, Dottie Mathers, and Scott Konkle. Ron Snell voted no.
• The East Lycoming School Board moved one step closer to approving the district’s 2018-19 budget which will raise real estate taxes .44 mills. Final vote will be in June. Attending the meeting were Richard Michael, Richard Bradley, Donna Gavitt, Erica Hubler, Michael Mamrak, Karen Berger, Robert Heckrote and Kristy Creasy. Absent was Lisa McClintock.