Local elected officials and appointees voted on the following issues over the past week:
• The House voted 221 to 204 in favor of the Meat and Poultry Investigators Act. US Representatives Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted no.
• The House voted 215-207 in favor of the Federal Reserve Racial and Economic Equity Act. US Representatives Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted no.
• The Senate voted 30 to 20 on a competing resolution that would block Gov. Tom Wolf’s regulatory changes to the state’s charter school law from taking effect. The regulations set out the minimum requirements that applicants wishing to open a charter school should disclose in their application. They would also require charter schools to post their non-discriminatory student enrollment and selection policies on their websites. State Sen. Gene Yaw of R-Loyalsock Township voted yes.
• Twenty-three new hires in May were reported to Lycoming County Commissioners by Jessica Segraves, Director of the County Human Resources Department at their weekly meeting. Hires come from various departments, including the courts, the resource management department, the treasurer’s office, the prison, the pre-release center and more. This number included two new positions and five correctional officers at the prison. The total does not include a transfer to prison.
• Commissioners also approved various agreements, amendments and purchases, including a 2022-2023 medical assistance transportation program participation grant agreement, food tender awards, a grant application for performance in emergency management, Posi Shell signage and equipment purchases for resource management services, an amendment to an agreement with Daley Tower Service to extend the tower project date, approvals to submit the annual report on the compliance history for the landfill, a change order for Lecce Electric and changes, agreements and change orders with Wood Environment and infrastructure solutions related to the levee project.
• South Williamsport Borough Council voted 9-0 to approve a resolution asking the administration to submit a camera grant brought by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for up to 11 cameras and a matching $22,000 $, with the grant covering half the cost. Voting was David Geise, president; Casey Lowmiller, Cory Lehman, Timothy Shellman, Richar Kershner, Larry Baker, Timothy Pregent, Joseph LaRue and Daniel Cupp.
• Jersey Shore Borough Council has voted to approve an application by West Pharmaceutical Services to apply for Local Economic Tax Assistance (LERTA), a state tax exemption program for businesses looking to expand their operations.
• The Montoursville area school board has adopted next year’s budget which includes a $0.30 million increase in property taxes.