School board votes to pass budget with tax increase, 23 county hires reported | News, Sports, Jobs

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

Federal

• The House voted 221-204 in favor of the Meat and Poultry Investigator Act. US Reps. 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 Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted no.

State

• The Senate voted 30-20 on a concurrent resolution that would block Gov. Tom Wolf’s regulatory changes to the state’s charter school law from taking effect. The regulations set minimum requirements applicants who want to open a charter school would have to disclose on their application. They would also require charter schools to post their non-discriminatory enrollment and student selection policies on their websites. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.

county

• Twenty-three new hires in May were reported to the Lycoming County Commissioners by Jessica Segraves, director of the county’s Human Resources Department at their weekly meeting. The hires are from various departments including the courts, resource management service, the treasurer’s office, the prison, pre-release center and more. Included in that number were two new positions and five correctional officers at the prison. The total does not include one reclassification at the prison.

• The commissioners also approved various agreements, amendments and purchases including a 2022-2023 medical transportation program participation grant agreement, awards for invitation to bid for food products, an application for an emergency management performance grant, purchases of signage and Posi Shell material for resource management services, an amendment to an agreement with Daley Tower Service to extend the date of the tower project, approvals to submit the Annual Compliance History Report for the landfill, a change order for Lecce Electric and amendments, agreements and change orders with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions related to the levee project.

Municipal

• South Williamsport Borough Council voted 9-0 to approve a resolution for the administration to submit a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Body Worn Camera grant for up to 11 cameras and a $22,000 match with the grant covering half of the cost. Voting were David Geise, president; Casey Lowmiller, Cory Lehman, Timothy Shellman, Richar Kershner, Larry Baker, Timothy Pregent, Joseph LaRue, and Daniel Cupp.

• Jersey Shore Borough Council voted to approve a request from West Pharmaceutical Services to apply for a Local Economic Tax Assistance (LERTA), a state tax forgiveness program for companies looking to expand operations.

School District

• The Montoursville Area School Board voted to pass next year’s budget that includes a 0.30 mill real estate tax increase.

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