County approves flood wall, House passes COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act

March 22, 2021
In The News

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

Federal

• The Senate voted 50-49 on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra, of California, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, voted yes. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted no.

• The House voted 399-14 to pass the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act. The bill ensures that Covid-related relief payments are not seized by creditors but remain in the hands of debtors to be used as relief, by excluding those payments as income. It also delays court-ordered payment plans used to escape chapter 13 bankruptcy and allows businesses to take advantage of a more streamlined Chapter 11 bankruptcy process established by the Small Business Reorganization Act, increasing the maximum debt limit for those procedures from $2.7 million to $7.5 million. U.S. Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted yes.

State

• The House voted 173-29 to amend the state’s Tender Years Hearsay Act, which permits the introduction of hearsay statements concerning violent or sexual offenses against children. Currently, a victim must be age 12 or younger to enable hearsay statements in the case. The legislation would increase the maximum age to 16, meaning hearsay statements may be presented from child victims age 16 and under. Allowing the statements would remain at the judge’s discretion. U.S. Reps. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township; Joseph Hamm, R-Montoursville; and Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, voted yes.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to hire Turnkey Construction, Inc., for flood wall work in Old Lycoming Township. Scott Metzger, Tony Mussare, and Rick Mirabito voted yes.

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of a 574,2000 agreement with the Montgomery Water Authority for infrastructure work to support a water line extension to the Timber Run Industrial Park property. Scott Metzger, Tony Mussare, and Rick Mirabito voted yes.

City

Williamsport City Council voted 7-0 to approve a five year lease renewal with the Williamsport Crosscutters. It also voted to approve a strategic financial management program with the state Department of Community and Economic Development

School Districts

• The Muncy School Board approved elementary and high school teachers for the summer.

• The Williamsport Area School Board approved courses for high school students for summer remediation and acceleration. Teachers and students will use the district’s learning management system, Schoology. All costs and fees will be paid through ESSERS II funding.

• The Montgomery Area School Board heard a presentation by Denise Liscum, secondary school counselor, about the many initiatives the district is taking to deal with students’ mental health issues.

Townships:

• Woodward Township’s supervisors voted to put a project out to bid to have a new concrete wall built for its saltshed.