The Lycoming County commissioners Thursday approved a $295,000 loan to the Williamsport Regional Airport Authority.
The authority plans to use the zero interest, 150-day loan to pay Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a Montoursville-based contractor working on the airport's runway extension project, according to authority chairman Mark Murawski.
The project, which extends the airport's main runway, is "virtually completed," Murawski said.
Federal Aviation Administration funds earmarked for the project cannot be released until the administration tests and certifies the completed work by landing aircraft on the runway, he said.
The tests have been delayed because of the weather, Murawski said, adding that he was confident the work will be certified and funding released to the authority.
If the 150-day loan period passes and the authority has not repaid it, the interest will be 4 percent, Murawski said.
"I'm sure everything is going to turn out fine and within 150 days we'll have the funding in hand," he said.
The airport authority Thursday evening approved a resolution to accept the loan and use it to pay the contractor.
Murawski said further requests for proposals for airport projects will include wording that payment for work will be made once grant funding has been acquired.
Also Thursday, the commissioners approved the appointment of Cassandra M. Tompkins as part-time acting chief assessor.
Tompkins replaces James W. Carpenter, who provided assessment services to the county through 21st Century Appraisals Inc. Carpenter no longer works for the company.
The appointment is effective for 90 days while the commissioners search for a permanent replacement.
Following the commissioners session, they convened a Board of Elections meeting to approve the relocation of two city voting precincts for the May primary election.
The 7th and 15th precincts, located at Roosevelt Middle School and Curtin Middle School, respectively, are being moved because of renovation work planned by the Williamsport Area School District, said county systems support manager Anthony Rampulla.
According to Rampulla, voters who typically vote at Roosevelt will vote at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 2233 Linn St., Newberry.
Voters who typically vote at Curtin will vote at New Hope Church, 1157 Market St., Rampulla said.
Although the school renovations will not begin until after the May 18 election, the changes were made to allow voters time to get acquainted with each new facility prior to the fall general election, he said.
Rampulla said the deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for the primary is 5 p.m. on May 11.
Applications may be acquired by going to the county Voter Services office on the first floor of the Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., he said.
Rampulla said sample ballots and other election information may be viewed on the county Web site by logging on to www.lyco.org and clicking the "Voter Services" link in the left-hand column.
On May 18, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election results will be posted that evening in the commissioners board room and on the county website, Rampulla said.