County OKs retirement fund contribution hike

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:

Federal

• The U.S. legislature was not in session this week.

State

• The state legislature was not in session this week.

County

• The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved a $241,229 increase to the employee contribution to the retirement fund for 2018 Thursday morning. Commissioners also rejected a bid from McCormick Law Firm, the county’s contracted soliciting firm, as it was the sole bid to act as local counsel for potential opioid-related litigation and approved an ordinance updating tax-assisted zones, known as LERTA, in the City of Williamsport to spur economic development.

Municipal

• Loyalsock Township supervisors released previously committed funds for a new lighting system on Tuesday. Supervisors also recognized the need for businesses along East Third Street to shovel their snow. Citations of $10 and $25 will be issued for noncompliance. Supervisors moved to allow an outdoor wood-burning furnace at 1111 Mt. Royal Heights.

School District

• A request for an exemption to school policy requiring a one-to-10 chaperone-to-student ratio for a field trip was approved by the Jersey Shore Area School Board on Tuesday.

• Loyalsock Township School District’s board agreed Tuesday to place a proposal for the construction of a track team building on its next agenda.

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