Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The House and Senate voted in favor of the Budget Control Act Agreement that raises the federal debt ceiling. Voting in favor were U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard. Voting against was U.S. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville.
The Lycoming County commissioners agreed to reallocate $24,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the Williamsport Community Arts Center to Moreland Township. The funds will be used to make accessibility improvements to the township municipal building. Commissioners Rebecca A. Burke and Ernie Larson voted in favor of the measure. Commissioner Jeff C. Wheeland was absent.
The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority agreed to award a contract to Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. to perform the site preparation work associated with the construction of a new administration building. The company was the lowest compliant bidder with a bid of slightly more than $1.1 million. Mary Bennardi, Paul Wentzler, Donald Konkle Jr., Richard Haas, Charles Hall, Robert Hippenstiel, Scott Slocum and James W. Carpenter voted in favor of the award. Jan Ransdorf was absent.
The authority also approved a state grant agreement that will provide it with $480,000 to make an interconnection between the authority's water system and the Lycoming Mall water system. Bennardi, Konkle Jr., Haas, Hippenstiel, Slocum and Carpenter voted in favor of the agreement. Wentzler and Hall voted against it.
City Council voted 6-0 to hire five new police officers. Voting yes were President J. Marlyne Whaley, Jonathan Williamson, Liz Miele, Gerry Fausnaught, Randall J. Allison and N. Clifford "Skip" Smith. Councilman Bill Hall was not present to vote.
By the same margin, council also adopted, on first reading, an ordinance regulating the operation of pawn shops within city limits. Voting in favor were Whaley, Williamson, Miele, Fausnaught, Allison and Smith. Hall was not present to vote.
South Williamsport Area School Board voted in favor of a refinancing plan for capital improvement projects in the district. The refinancing plan is expected to save the district money. Voting in favor were Jonathan Hall, Brian Dunkleberger, John Engel, Mary Ann Cowden, Don Lowe, Sue Davenport and Greg Balawajder.