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Rural broadband, RVT audit among recent votes in Lycoming County

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected 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:

COUNTY

• Rural broadband service is one step closer to reality following a vote by the Lycoming County commissioners to award a request for proposal for rural broadband deployment to Windstream LLC, an internet service provider. In addition to Lycoming County, Union, Clinton and Northumberland counties are involved in the project area. Union County is the lead county on the project, according to Scott Kramer, from the SEDA Council of Governments. Kramer said that $2 million in funding per county was obtained from various sources for the project.

• The James V. Brown Library announced at the Board of Trustees meeting that beginning Jan. 2 they were be offering over 3,700 magazines free to patrons on their Overdrive website.

MUNICIPAL

• City Council voted 6-0 to approve the annual River Valley Transit audit done by RKL of Lancaster. The audit carried an adverse opinion. Councilwoman Liz Miele was absent.

SCHOOLS

• Following some confusion, the Muncy School Board, voted to approve Patrick Sparks as the head varsity wrestling coach by a 7-2 vote, following the approval by the board of the resignation of Brian Vollman from the position. Voting for the appointment were: David Edkin, Steven Hill, Scott Johnson, David Messenger, Anthony Peachey, Justin Teffeteller and Corey Walko. Voting no were: Joseph Earnest and Kim Walker.

• The number of COVID-19 cases have gone down in the Montgomery Area School District. District Superintendent Daphne Bowers reported to the district’s board at their meeting. “Just to give an update on our positivity numbers for COVID, our numbers are coming down,” Bowers said. “Right now we have two positive students and four positive staff. That’s low. That’s the lowest we’ve seen in a few weeks. I’m very excited about it.”

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