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2nd ethics complaint filed to state

A Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority board member Friday filed a second ethics complaint against a fellow board member.

In the ethics complaint and subsequent related documents obtained by the Sun-Gazette, Cindi Perry alleges authority board member William Ertel and his company R & J Ertel provided a heater as part of the maintenance to the Hagerman’s Run pump station in South Williamsport, which is operated by the authority.

The bill was for $1,100 and was invoiced and delivered by Ertel’s company earlier this year, according to documents.

No board member is authorized to submit such bids or vote on projects to benefit themselves or their companies, according to authority rules.

State Ethics Commission staff are reviewing another allegation against Ertel regarding his company doing work for Lycoming College related to the East Third Street/Old City Revitalization Project.

Ertel acknowledged that his company was a prime contractor for the Lycoming College project.

Ertel further noted during a March 20 authority finance and personnel committee meeting that he owned the business that was doing work for the college on the Gateway building.

Ertel stated that his business “is not involved in any of the work ‘outside the fence’ that is being done for the city, a reference to the fence around the Gateway renovation. Ertel also indicated that he would abstain from any vote on the agreement and is careful never to cause conflict of interest.

Previously, Ertel said what Perry is doing is disruptive and not productive for the authority as a whole or helpful to the authority on behalf of its ratepayers.

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