County gives $2M to airport

(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.)

From Staff Reports

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:

Federal

• The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not vote this week.

State

• The state Senate voted 45-5 to pass a bill that will amend the Wiretap Act to enable police officers to use body-worn cameras. Voting yes were state Sens. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway.

• The state House of Representatives voted 188-0 to pass a bill that would allow students who participate in a vocational education program to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Voting yes were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, Tina Pickett, R-Towanda, Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro and Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven.

County

• The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved $2 million in funds for the Williamsport Regional Airport terminal project. Voting were Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Tony Mussare and Jack McKernan.

School District

• Williamsport Area School Board voted 5-1 for the Williamsport Area High School baseball team to take a $20,000 trip to a six-day tournament in April at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Voting yes were Lori Baer, Scott Williams, Jerene Milliken, Nancy Story Somers and Robin Knauth. Jane Penman voted no. Spencer Sweeting, Patrick Dixon and Jennifer Lake were absent. Also approved were plans for the district’s Education Foundation to host the Harlem Wizards for a fundraising event on Feb. 6 in the high school gym and the hires of Bernadette Ulrich Boerckel, secondary curriculum supervisor, $103,000 salary, and Natasha L. Marnon, part-time instructional support aide at Jackson Primary School, $13.20 per hour.

• Muncy School Board voted 7-1 to adopt a resolution saying it wishes to publicly oppose the waste-to-energy plant. Voting yes were Mary Bennardi, Connie Coyner, Ty Fry, Scott McLean, Rhondel Moyle, Justin Reis, Lisa Sleboda. Robert Titman abstained, and Sarah Woodward arrived late.

• Montgomery Area School Board voted 7-0 to approve an agreement between the district and Justice Works Youth Care Compass Academy of Lycoming, a bid from L&L Boiler Maintenance Inc. to repair the boiler at a cost of $3,900 and the purchase of a plasma cutting system for the manufacturing technology program that will cost about $28,300. Voting were Dana Pick, Donna L. Deitrick, Tony Wright, Christopher Johnson, Paul E. Stryker Jr., Bonnie Taylor and Gary Yocum. Gus Spizzirri and Adam Diggan were absent.

Library

• The James V. Brown Library applied for the Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities through the state Department of Education for its $80,000 adult circulation renovation project. If awarded, the library will receive $40,000 from the grant which will match the $40,000 it will contribute to the project. It will be notified in mid-February if it will receive the grant. Board members in attendance were Thomas Burkholder, John Confer, Gloria Z. Greevy, Trisha Gibbons Marty, Mirabito, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers and Harold Hershberger Jr. Linda Desmond was absent.

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