Authority member files ethics complaint

A member of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority believes another member has violated the ethics of the board including voting to benefit from a downtown development.

A state Ethics Commission report has been filed against William Ertel by Cynthia Perry, who recently was voted out of a five-year reappointment to the authority by City Council.

“Ertel has repeatedly engaged in board member and staff lobbying to influence the authority funding for a public project for which his company holds a prime contract of the East Third Street/Gateway Revitalization Project,” Perry said.

Ertel, who owns R&J Ertel, also is the director of construction for Eureka Resources, a water treatment facility in Williamsport, offered no comment when reached Monday.

Several months ago, the authority board discovered that one of Ertel’s companies was involved in the project, which is building a southern entrance to Lycoming College, Perry said.

Perry further accused Ertel of disclosing what is supposed to be private information during executive sessions.