State amphibian, part-time county position among votes

From Staff Reports

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

Federal

• The Senate and House were out of session.

State

• The Senate was out of session.

• The House voted 191-6 on a measure to designate the Eastern Hellbender as the first official “State Amphibian” of Pennsylvania. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.

County

• The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously created a new temporary part-time position in the planning department to be filled by Kurt Hausammann Jr. at $50 per hour, not to exceed 1,000 hours annually. Hausammann will retire from his position as planning director May 3 and return in the part-time capacity May 6 to help with special projects and train the incoming director, who is yet to be named.

The commissioners also reclassified the assistant transportation planner position to transportation planner with a pay increase. The position is funded by the state Department of Transportation. Voting were Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.

School District

• The Williamsport Area School Board voted to support bills in the state Legislature dealing with cyber charter school funding.