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City Council OKs $600k for scoreboard

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

Federal

• The Senate was out of session.

• The House voted 417-1 in favor of a bill giving small businesses owners more flexibility in how they spend money from the Paycheck Protection Program. The measure would ease rules for how companies can use their loans in order to get them forgiven. U.S. Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted yes.

State

• The Senate voted 44-6 in favor of a $25.8 billion budget for next year. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.

• The House voted 103-99 in favor of a $25.8 billion budget for next year. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; and Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, voted yes. State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Lock Haven, voted no.

• The House voted 117-85 in favor of a concurrent resolution terminating in part the March 6, 2020, Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued under Gov. Tom Wolf. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro; and Stephanie Borowicz, R-Lock Haven, voted yes.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a $1.5 million loan to fund sewer LINE work in Clinton Township. The low-interest loan allows the West Branch Regional Authority to extend the line along the Route 15 corridor. Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Scott Metzger and Tony Mussare voted yes.

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to approve amendments extending deadlines with the city of Williamsport for the Rental Rehabilitation Project and the Historical Property Rehabilitation Program. Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Scott Metzger and Tony Mussare voted yes.

Municipal

• City Council voted 6-1 to approve a $600,000 formal grant application to Office of Budget for a scoreboard cost at Bowman Field. Councilman Adam Yoder voted no. The meeting was broadcast on Zoom technology.

School Districts

•The East Lycoming School Board agreed to amend the current Family and Medical Leave Act policy to include FMLA leave for COVID-19 reasons. In addition the board also agreed to the Pennsylvania School Board Association resolution to provide support and relief to school districts that were financially affected by the pandemic. Donna Gavitt, was named the delegate to participate in PSBA meetings. Also, Gavitt alongside Richard Michael were approved to continue their current positions on the board for the 2020-2021 academic year. The list of graduating seniors was also approved. The final budget, which includes zero tax increase at the current 14.89 mills with $26,073,120 in expenditures. The final budget will be read at the June 23 meeting.

• The Jersey Shore Area School Board passed a proposed final budget for the 2020-21 fiscal with a slight tax increase. If given final approval next month, property owners in Lycoming County will pay $2.39 more per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value and Clinton County property owners, $4.10 more. Final vote on the budget will be at the board’s June 8 meeting. Present at the livestreamed meeting were: Craig Allen, Mary Thomas, David Becker, Patrice Doebler, Harry Brungard, Angela Grant, Michelle Stemmler, Wayne Kinley and Nancy Pietroski.

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