Council reviews extension on mayor’s COVID-19 rule
City Council is expected to review Mayor Derek Slaughter’s policy extension tonight that follows recommendations by Gov. Tom Wolf regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolf addressed the Lycoming County commissioners’ letter during a Wednesday briefing saying the state evaluated reducing risk of infection and has categorized the county in the yellow phase. He did not hint or give any clue as to what might happen as of Friday.
“It is our estimation Lycoming County is not yet ready to go from yellow to green,” said Wolf.
Slaughter does not want to see any more than 10 people gather in any one place and wants the city to
adhere to Wolf’s recommendations, according to the city resolution.
While in yellow phase, telework must continue if possible, meetings and trainings held virtually and limited to 10 people, kept six feet apart.
Businesses are to clean and disinfect high-touch areas often and discouraging non-essential visitors.
County commissioners asked Wolf to put the county in the green phase Friday.
Slaughter said the city will follow what the governor recommends, which include advise from the state Health Department and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
In other expected action, council will review proposed appointments to the blighted property review board, the Brandon Park and Shade Tree Commission and Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority.
Spring Moore, a teacher in the Williamsport Area School District, volunteered to be on the park and tree commission, Slaughter said.
Jennifer Wilson, of First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, has agreed along with Anne MacDonald, a realtor, who wanted to serve on the blighted properties review board, Slaughter said.
The final application is Laura Templeton, for the authority, as she is going to replace longtime veteran authority member and co-founder, William Nichols Sr., whose term expired.