Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:
Congress was out of session.
The House voted 194-0 to pass legislation sponsored by state Rep. Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro, encouraging physicians to offer hepatitis C screening for patients born between 1945 and 1965. Voting yes were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Baker; Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven; and Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport.
The Senate voted 47-0 to pass an amendment regarding registration of vehicles, further providing for lost, stolen, damaged or illegible registration plate and for special registration plates generally; providing for personal organization registration plates and for Appalachian Trail organization registration plates; in financial responsibility, further providing for required financial responsibility; in rules of the road in general, further providing for maximum speed limits; and, in size, weight and load, further providing for conditions of permits and security for damages. Voting yes were state Sens. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway.
Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board voted 3-0 to approve rate revisions issued by the state for Intellectual Disabilities programs, including companion services; home and community habilitation; transportation services; respite services; family aide; and the monthly administration fee per client. Rate changes balanced out to keep the contract amount the same as last year at $75,000. Voting yes were Lycoming County Commissioners Tony Mussare and Ernie Larson, and Clinton County Commissioner Pete Smeltz. Lycoming County Commissioner Jeff Wheeland and Clinton County Commissioners Joel Long and Jeff Snyder were absent.
Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to approve an agreement for 2,100 feet of rail line extension at NuWeld Inc., in which the county will give up to $20,000 of natural gas drilling impact funds, the Joint Rail Authority will pay for engineering costs, and NuWeld is paying $150,000 for construction costs with company growth goals.
Lycoming County Planning Commission voted 9-0 to re-approve three land development plans, including the LongHorn Steakhouse and Mattress Warehouse plans, as conditions were not met within the old ordinance's 90-day period. Voting yes were George Logue Jr., Howard Fry, Christopher E. Keiser, Cindy Bower, James Dunn, Joseph H. Neyhart, Carl Nolan, William Parsons and Michael Sherman.
Muncy Borough Council voted 6-0 to authorize Police Chief Jim Dorman to move forward with bidding on a 2013 Ford Interceptor for the police department. Voting yes were Ed Feigles, Matilda Noviello, Dana Bertin, Linda Stein, Karen Richards and Elaine McAleer. Councilman Richard Baker was absent.
Woodward Township supervisors voted 3-0 to deny a $48,200 bid for a township tractor in favor of getting a better deal. Voting yes were Alan Worth, Jack Coleman and Wayne Robinson.
City Council voted 7-0 to approve an ordinance establishing an East Third Street Gateway Revitalization Commission. Voting in favor were President Bill Hall, Bonnie Katz, Liz Miele, Jonathan Williamson, Don Noviello, Randall J. Allison and N. Clifford "Skip" Smith.
The Williamsport Area School Board voted 8-0 to purchase 15 Macbook computers for its Career and Technical Education program, at a cost of $20,355. The board also voted 8-0 to award a $10,351 contract to Clarkson Chemical Co. Inc. for carpet cleaning at Jackson Primary School and to re-appoint Fred A. Holland, of Murphy, Butterfield and Holland P.C., as district solicitor, at a retainer of $20,000 and an hourly rate of $135 for matters outside the scope of the retainer. Voting yes were David Stone, Lori Baer, Jerene Milliken, Karen Confer, Nicholas Grimes, Jane Penman, Spencer Sweeting and Robin Knauth. Board member Chester Peterman was absent.
Montgomery Area School Board voted 7-0 to approve changes to the schedule and configuration for the 2014-15 school year that eliminate the middle school in favor of dividing the district into an elementary school and a junior/senior high school. The vote also approved changes to school-day hours. Voting yes were Adam Diggan, Jody Budman, Gabriel Blasi, Augustine Spizzirri, Christopher Johnson, Paul Stryker Jr. and D. Todd Baker. Board members Todd Woodling and Gary Yocum Sr. were absent.
Muncy School Board voted 9-0 to add two new computer-aided design electives to the senior high school course selection. Both courses - architecture and solid modeling - will be offered as half-credit independent studies. Voting yes were Carla Auten, Mary Bennardi, Scott Johnson, Rhondel Moyle, Lisa Sleboda, Kimberly Spring-Winters, Robert Titman, Sarah Woodward and Scott McLean.