(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 House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, and Thomas Marino, R-Cogan Station.
The House passed the Protect Our Kids Act to establish a commission to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. Thompson and Marino both voted yes.
The Senate and House were out of session.
Lycoming County commissioners approved receipt of a $2.437 million Federal Railroad Administration grant that will be used by the SEDA-Council of Government's Joint Rail Authority to construct a new rail bridge on the Lycoming Valley Railroad that spans Loyalsock Creek. Commissioners also approved a contract with Windstream Corp. for Internet services for the county's department of public safety and Third Street Plaza building. Voting in favor of both measures were Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.
Woodward Township supervisors unanimously approved a balanced 2013 budget with no tax increase, the appointment of Justin Ulmer to a full-term position on the planning commission and the appointment of Josh Heim to the fire police. Voting were Thomas Frantz and Wayne Robinson. Alan J. Worth was absent.
South Williamsport Zoning Hearing Board members denied an appeal from Mark R. Aungst, of 521 Fairmont Ave., to allow a flower box on his property. Those voting to deny the request were Larry Baker, Donald Lowe, John Beattie, Dennis Ream and David Huyck.
Williamsport Parking Authority approved a $1.4 million operating 2013 budget by a 4-0 vote. Voting were Dr. Anthony Cipolla, chairman, Kenneth DiRocco, Rose Choate and Marc Schefsky.