Loyalsock Township supervisors agreed Tuesday to become the latest participant in a local government access cable television station.
Loyalsock is the second municipality to OK the deal, which gives local governments the ability to broadcast meetings and provide quick emergency information, such as flood warnings.
Old Lycoming Township supervisors approved their participation last week.
The agreement is with a group of municipalities known as the Greater Williamsport Alliance, Lycoming County government and the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.
"We've done quite a bit of work on it," said Bill Burdett, township manager.
Burdett explained that the agreement provides for a third-party administrator to oversee broadcast schedules and programming. He added that there is no direct costs to cooperating municipalities.
Programming would appear on Comcast channel 75, which presently broadcasts selected Williamsport City Council meetings and other community events.
Since the alliance is not able to enter into a contract on its own, the chamber is acting as the sponsoring agency, added Burdett. The chamber's visitors bureau is providing start-up funding for the channel with three yearly payments of $25,000. The money comes from hotel tax revenues, Burdett said.
Announcement of emergency information was seen as a key benefit, according to Burdett.
"They would have the ability to override any programming," he said, referring to county emergency management personnel.
Supervisors also discussed the township's stormwater mapping project, which was completed by Larson Design Group. The project was designed to show where storm sewer upgrades could be made.
The size of stormwater pipes are now being increased on Mansel and Meade streets, Burdett said. The same will be done on Pennsylvania Avenue, he added.
Burdett said the township's stormwater infrastructure - like other municipalities - is designed to handle up to 50-year flooding events. Last year was unusual with the amount of rainfall, he said.
Add to that the flat terrain of the township, Burdett said, ponding is to be expected.
"During those times, we have some inconveniences," he said of street, basement and yard flooding.
Supervisors also approved a phasing plan for the planned Williamsport Hotel Towers and Convention Center at the Faxon interchange near East Third Street. Developers said placement of some of the structures has changed from original plans, but the building will still be within the same footprint.
Phase one of the project will be construction of a hotel building and a restaurant. The second phase will be construction of a second hotel. Construction of the convention center will be the last phase.
Work on phase one could begin within two months, according to developers.
Supervisors also approved a land development plan for FNB Bank at 1732 E. Third St. at the TJ Maxx Plaza.
The building will be demolished and a new one put in its place.