(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 voted 264-161 to pass a bill that delays the application of the employer health insurance mandate. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 251- 174 to pass a bill that delays the application of the individual health insurance mandate. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 221-207 to pass a bill to support state and local accountability for public education, protect state and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children's schools. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 405-2 on a bill to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents. Voting in favor was U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 411-0 to pass a bill that ensures the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes, and the continued development of the general aviation industry. Voting in favor was U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
The House voted 411-0 to pass a bill that designates the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Southeast in the District of Columbia as the "Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building." Voting in favor was U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
The Senate voted 82-17 to confirm Fred P. Hochberg, of New York, to be president of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted against it.
The House voted 103 - 85 to pass the fiscal code. Voting in favor were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Matthew Baker, R-Wellsboro. Voting against it were state Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, and Michael Hanna, D-Lock Haven.
The Lycoming County commissioners voted unanimously to approve all below actions. Commissioner Chairman Jeff Wheeland was absent at Thursday's voting session.
The commissioners approved four professional service agreements for the juvenile probation office:
2012-13 agreement with Diversified Treatment Alternatives - no rate increase
2013-14 agreement with Diversified Treatment Alternatives - 4/8 percent rate increase
2013-14 agreement with Pennsylvania Treatment & Healing (PATH) - no rate increase for the group home/halfway house and emergency foster care; $1 a day rate increase for the non-medical assistance rate for specialized foster care, and the same increase for medical assistance.
New 2013-14 agreement with Second Haven Services for Youth - residential regular rate of $160 a day; residential special rate at $190 a day.
The commissioners approved an amendment to professional service agreement with Environmental Products & Services of Vermont.
The commissioners approved the 2012 annual county hazardous materials assessment.
The commissioners approved a $38,787 invoice from Logistic System Inc.
The commissioners approved a Lycoming County Intermediate Punishment Program grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for $19,690.
The commissioners approved a Lycoming County Treatment Court grant from PCCD for $427,596.
The commissioners approved a change order to the single-stream recycling equipment project with Green Machine Sales, LLC, for the additional equipment accessories and construction items for $333,600.
City Planning Commission voted to give a positive recommendation to a request by the city Islamic Center to be given conditional use for the center to operate at a new site at a vacant house at 636 Campbell St., with parking at 751 Park Ave. once the abandoned building is razed. Chairman Marvin Staiman, Harry Sechler, Chris Keiser, Charles Plankenhorn and Theresa Williams were in favor, while Sam Washington and Carolyn Bullock abstained. Commission member William Rischar and Tom Hunsberger were absent.
Woodward Township Supervisors voted to amend their 2013 budget to add their Act 13 Impact Fee allotment of $57,611.35 to the township's general fund. Voting were Alan Worth and Wayne Robinson. Thomas Frantz was absent.
The impact on surrounding wells from a proposed water withdrawal site in Old Lycoming Township was discussed in the fifth meeting of a public hearing at Old Lycoming Township fire hall. Hydrogeologist Doug Cwienk, of GeoServices Ltd., testified the 250,000 gallons withdrawn per day at the proposed site at 3231 Lycoming Creek Road would not adversely impact the quantity or quality of water in the basin now or in the future. Residents present expressed concern.
The Lycoming County Planning Commission (LCPC) unanimously approved with conditions a proposed land development plan for a new warehouse and parking area in Marcellus Energy Park Development leased by FMC Technologies, owned by Fishlips, LLC.
The LCPC also approved with conditions a land development plan for a proposed Watson Township Municipal building, storage building and recycling center. Those voting in favor for both measures were members Howard Fry, Carl Nolan, Bill Parsons, Jim Dunn, Larry Fry, Christopher Keiser, Kurt Hausammann, Herm Logue, Carl Nolan, Cindy Bower and Joseph Neyhart.