Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
The House passed House Resolution 2217 by a vote of 245-182, which makes appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2014. U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, voted in favor.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 763 by a vote of 50-0, which would eliminate the roster keeping and inspection requirements for members of a permanent camp who hunt together for deer, bear or elk.
The Senate passed House Bill 818 by a vote of 31-19, which would prohibit certain abortion coverage in qualified health plans offered through a health insurance exchange required under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted in favor.
The House passed House Bill 284 by a vote of 191-0, which prohibits the use of both tobacco and nicotine based products in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania schools, making the use of such products on school grounds a summary offense. Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro; and Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, voted in favor.
Lycoming County commissioners approved filling two unexpired terms on the county recreation authority. John Confer was approved to fill Kevin DeParlos' term, while Jesse Lindsy was approved to fill Paul Rooney's term. Both positions will be effective on July 1. The terms end on Dec. 31, 2015. Commissioners also approved a $1.3 million Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority grant application for city housing projects. Voting in favor of each were Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare. Jeff C. Wheeland was not present.
Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority board members approved a $1.5 million PennWorks grant application from the state Department of Community and Economic Development that would be used for the construction of two 300,000-gallon water storage tanks for commercial and industrial use. Voting in favor were Mary Bennardi, Jan Ransdorf, Don Konkle Jr., Paul Wentzler, Richard Haas, James Carpenter, Charles Hall, Robert Hippenstiel and Scott Slocum.
City Planning Commission tabled land development but approved lot consolidation for a proposal by Dan J. and Christina M. Ertel to bring a wastewater treatment facility to Catawissa Avenue, near Mosser Avenue. Voting to postpone the vote were Harry Sechler, Carolyn Bullock, Chris Keiser, Charles Plankenhorn and William Rischar. Absent were Marvin Staiman, Sam Washington, Theresa Williams and Tom Hunsberger.
The East Lycoming School Board entered into an agreement with the McClure Co. to convert the Hughesville Junior/Senior High School pool into an indoor sports facility. Voting for the $844,612 project were Richard Michael, Lea Ann Hawk, Donna Gavitt, Kellie Shaner-Gordner, Diane Santo, Richard Bradley, Amy Rogers, Debra Sherlinski and Randy Eddinger.
The Williamsport Area School Board voted 9-0 to approve a change order for a contractor to furnish and install a floor vent system in the gymnasium at the middle school, which will be at an increase in cost of $5,109.37. Voting in favor were board members Lori Baer, Thomas Zimmerman, Jerene Milliken, David Stone Jr., Dale Vollman, Brette Confair, Jay Shultz, Karen Confer and Dr. Jane Penman.