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LEGISLATIVE TALLY: County approves CDBG funds, House votes in favor of whistleblower protection

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

Federal

• The House voted 420-0 in favor of the Whistleblower Protection Act. The act provides greater whistleblower protections for federal employees, increased awareness of federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes. U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard, voted yes. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, did not vote.

State

• The Senate and House were out of session.

County

• County transportation officials discussed the possibility of turning a section of Third Street, from Market Street to Mulberry Street, in downtown Williamsport to a one way during the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Transit Advisory Committee’s biannual meeting. Mark Murawski, committee chairman and county transportation supervisor, said the city is waiting for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to decide on the matter and may know the decision in about six weeks.

• The Lycoming County commissioners approved the final applications for the Community Development Block Grant and state Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funds. If approved in the requested amounts of $520,356 and $500,000 respectively, the following programs and projects will benefit: the Lairdsville Sanitary Sewer project, STEP Inc.’s Homes in Need program, Meadow Alley reconstruction in Jersey Shore, curb cuts and homeowner sidewalk reconstruction in Montoursville, Church Street and West Second Avenue playground in South Williamsport, the county’s Supportive Housing Program and the Clark Street Senior Housing project in South Williamsport. Voting were Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.

Municipal

• The South Williamsport Borough Council voted 8-1 to approve an ordinance that would restrict trailers and recreational vehicles from parking on Matthews Boulevard, but included a suggestion by the safety commission to offer exemptions based on certain factors. Voting yes were Cory Lehman, Fred March, Joseph LaRue Jr., John Decker, Carl Nolan, J. Bernard Schelb, David Geise and Henry Frey Jr. Voting no was Robert Cronin.

• The Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 4-0 to pair with Lycoming County Tuesday in an ongoing flood mitigation plan allowing properties that have had a history of flooding to be bought out using state and federal funds dispersed by county. The program is specifically in place to assist properties that have repeatedly flooded, Bill Burdett, township manager, said. The land bought in each property is then given to the township. The program has about $2,680,000 total to use on other properties countywide.

• City Council voted 6-0 to approve a $23 million bond and financing package to reduce city debt and redeem existing bonds with a lower interest. Voting were President Jonathan Williamson, Randall J. Allison, Joel Henderson, Bonnie Katz, Don Noviello, and Liz Miele. Councilman Clifford “Skip” Smith was absent.

• Jersey Shore Borough Council voted 7-0 to pay $7,000 to John Sanso Concrete to pour concrete curbing on the intersection of Nichols Alley and Railroad Street to decrease basement flooding in the area. In attendance were Marguerite Dyroff, Janet Barnhart, Paul Garrett, Barb Schmouder, Sean Simcox, Kenneth Scheesley and Mike Zellers. Dennis Buttorff was absent.

School District

• The Montoursville Area School Board voted 6-2 in favor of an approximately $4,700 project to install a canopy over a film platform on the football field during its school board meeting. Voting no were members Ronald Snell and Denise Johns. Voting yes were members Daniel Albert, Dr. Dorothy Mathers, William Ruffing, Scott Konkle, Jennifer Marriott and Robert Logue. Member Karen Wright was absent.

• The East Lycoming School Board voted 8-0 on the resignations of custodian Heather Hearn and assistant girls varsity basketball coach Jonathan Weaver and approved the reapointments of eleven district coaches for the 2017/18 season. In attendance were Donna Gavitt, Richard Bradley, Michael Mamrak, Robert Heckrote, Richard Michael, Karen Berger, Kristy Creasy and Diane Santo. Randy Eddinger was absent.

• The Loyalsock Township School board voted 9-0 to appoint Deanna Dincher as an art teacher with a salary of $50,626. In attendance were Edward H. Ade, Jr., Maureen Carey, William P. Carlucci, David P. Hornberger, Christina L. Kiessling, John B. Raymond, Paul R. Watson, II, Sheila J. Yates and Paul R. Young, II.

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