(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)
Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The U.S. Senate voted 81-19 to extend the Bush-era tax cuts as well as unemployment benefits to the jobless. U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Bob Casey, D-Pa. voted yes. The House voted 277-148 on the same bill. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Glenn "G.T." Thompson, R-Howard, and Chris Carney, D-Dimock.
The House voted 250-175 to repeal the don't ask, don't tell policy regarding homosexuals serving in the military. U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-Dimock, voted yes. U.S. Rep. Glenn "G.T." Thompson, R-Howard voted no.
The Senate and House were not in session last week.
The Lycoming County commissioners approved a resolution accepting a $400,000 grant to be used to upgrade or replace three emergency communications towers. Voting in favor of the resolution were Commissioners Jeff C. Wheeland and Ernie Larson.
The Old Lycoming Township supervisors approved 2-1 the nearly $42.7 million 2011 township budget,which includes a 0.50 mill real estate tax increase. Voting in favor of the budget were Supervisors John Eck and Ada Godlewski. Supervisor Janet Hall voted against it.
South Williamsport Borough Council approved its nearly $2.1 million 2011 operating budget, which includes a 0.33 mill real estate tax increase. Voting in favor of the budget were Dan Cupp, Robert Cronin, Richard Harris, Benjamin Landon, J. Bernard Schelb, Jeff Tompkins and Ed Weinhoffer. Robert O. Fries II and Anthony Mussare were absent.
The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority voted 9-1 to approve a $179,674 engineering payment increase to Gannett Fleming Inc. for water main replacement in the Arch Street Bridge area. Voting "yes" were authority members William E. Nichols, Dean P. Muller, Thomas J. Marnon, Robert W. Engel, William Ertel, Thomas A. Frazier, Marshall D. Welch, Matthew Rebeck and Gregory Zeitler. Voting "no" was authority member Eiderson A. Dean.
Woodward Township supervisors voted 3-0 to approve 2011 budgets, including $298,830 in the general fund and $82,560 in the state fund, featuring no property tax increases. Voting "yes" were supervisors Tom Frantz, Alan "Joe" Worth and Wayne "Zeke" Robinson.
The Williamsport Parking Authority approved a $1.15 million budget for 2011. Voting "yes" were members Donald Noviello, Jason Fitzgerald, Anthony Cipolla and Mae Thaljih. The same members also agreed to open two downtown lots for permit parking.
Montgomery Borough Council unanimously adopted a $414,130.89 budget for 2011, which includes no tax increase. All who were present in approving the vote were Mayor Andrew Onufrak, Lynn Crist, Lamont Wertz, Robert Bryer, Christopher Kroft, John "JJ" Magyar II, Rodney Metzger, Donald Feaster and John Lynch. The same members also approved an engine brake ordinanace that will be enforced once the signage is up.
City Council adopted a $18.2 million operating budget for 2011 without a property tax increase. Voting in favor were Council President J. Marlyne Whaley, and members Liz Miele, Dr. Jonathan Williamson, Bill Hall, Randall J. Allison, Gerry Fausnaught and Clifford "Skip" Smith.