GAS PIPELINE EXPANSION
At the latest Lycoming County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners approved a proclamation acknowledging this week as Institutional Parole and Corrections Employee Week. A $287,379 state grant to fund a gas pipeline extension to the Timber Run Industrial Park was recently approved by the Lycoming County Commissioners. According to a media outlet, Digger Specialties, Inc. is opening a facility and employing up to 150 people. Lycoming County Planning and Community Development Executive Director Shannon Rossman said the grant will fund a portion of the project. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grant for the project in April.
BRIDGE BUNDLING PROJECT
At the latest Lycoming County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners approved a proclamation acknowledging this week as Institutional Parole and Corrections Employee Week. Lycoming County Commissioners have approved McTish, Kunkel & Associates for inspection work for the first phase of the county bridge bundling construction project, which involves repairs to 17 structurally deficient bridges and costing upwards of $76,734. They also approved Smith Excavating & Construction LLC for right-of-way access work to the Shriver’s Ridge Tower site at a cost of $29,600. Also, a three-year agreement with Schuylkill Mobile Fone for pagers was approved at the cost is $10 per pager per month, according to a media outlet.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT SCHOOL BOARD TAX INCREASE
In the South Williamsport School Board, in order to address issues resulting from the shutdown of schools last year, the motion for adding the second grade teacher and the elementary instructional intervention teacher passed unanimously. Also passed, a motion about hiring the position of director of student services, with a 5-2 vote, according to a media outlet.
STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT MONTOURSVILLE
Montoursville Borough Council approved Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for street improvement work at a cost of $402,598 during its meeting this week. The project, set to get under way this summer, is to include paving of Walnut Street and replacement of curbs. According to SUN Gazette, the council also approved the paving of Church Alley for $4,200. Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers the dollars, said the borough could potentially receive $98,000 this year. The borough also adopted the Lycoming County Mitigation Plan. and reported the community-wide yard sale will be June 4 and 5. The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, June 7 at the John Dorin Municipal Building, 617 N. Loyalsock Ave.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX INCREASE
Jamie Mowrey, business manager at the South Williamsport Area School District, repeated her recommendation that the board increase real estate taxes in the district by .32 percent for the 2021-22 fiscal year, but action on the measure will not be taken until the next meeting. According to a media outlet, the lease for iPads and cyber school tuition were the main costs driving up the deficit.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOL BOARD POLICE PURCHASES
The South Williamsport Area School Board approved the purchase of a 2015 Ford Explorer Utility Interceptor for $11,000 from the South Williamsport Borough Police. Along with the vehicle, the board OK’d purchasing vehicle equipment for $3,000; firearms and safe, $1,250; personal protection, $130; and a taser, $500 for a total cost of $15,380. The items will be used by the school’s police program, according to a media source.In addition, the 2021 graduation list was approved by the board. Graduation is scheduled for June 4. The board’s next meeting date to Aug. 9.
LYCOMING COUNTY JUDGES RECUSED
All of the judges in the Lycoming County are recused from the case of Jonathan Kula, of Pennsdale. State police and county detectives allege that Kula had unlawful sexual contact with multiple minors on multiple occasions between 2018 and 2020. According to Lycoming County President Judge Nany L Butts,”…The defendant is the son of a deputy sheriff and based upon long-standing county court policy, it is ordered and directed that all of the county judges are recused,” The county judges can still handle administrative matters pertaining to Kula’s case, like scheduling. According to an online media outlet, while Kula awaits a hearing before an out-of-county judge, he remains free on unsecured bail in all three child sexual abuse cases filed against him. His next scheduled court date is June 4.
WILLIAMSPORT AREA LITTLE LEAGUE
Williamsport Area Little League President Ron Diemer has headed a campaign to return WALL to its original home in Brandon Park. Recently, Williamsport City Council gave the league a five-year lease to revitalize and create a new beginning to a city staple. According to Northcentralpa.com, Brandon Park was the longtime home for Brandon Little League until it changed its name to represent the city. When the fields fell into disrepair, the WALL moved Old Lycoming Township. That will change as Diemer and his team look to start practicing on the field as soon as possible.
PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS MITIGATION RESTRICTIONS RELAX
With careful exception to masking requirements, Mitigation orders—all COVID-19 restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses –will be lifted in Pennsylvania on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m., according to an announcement from the Wolf administration in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force.The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities.