GIVING A THUMBS UP

Under further review.  Pointing towards changes the city of Williamsport is willing to make regarding other city committees looking into a propose line of credit they would like to apply for, the city’s finance committee gave a positive recommendation yesterday. The city wants to take out a $2.5 million dollar line of credit to help pay for improvements at Bowman Field, Streetscape work around the currently under construction Trade and Transit II building, a project at City Hall, the city’s levee recertification process and East Third Street Revitalization.  Preliminary paperwork is underway. The line of credit would ultimately need to be approved by city council.

SMALLER TAX INCREASE THAN ORIGINALLY EXPECTED

The East Lycoming School board said yes last night to a proposed general fund budget which would total out to more than $24.7 million dollars for the 2016-2017 school.  The budget comes with a .30 mills tax increase which would mean an extra $30 dollars for owners of properties worth $100,000 dollars.  District officials say the tax increase is much less than the proposed increase in January which was .65 mills higher.  Final passage is scheduled for next month. 

SECTOIN OF ROAD TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY

In just a couple of weeks, PennDOT will finish up the permanent closure of a section of Sylvan Dell Road in Armstrong Township, Lycoming County.  The week of June 6th, a section of the road will be closed at Route 15 and extend north and then west for one mile to the intersection with Old Montgomery Pike Road.  The existing guiderail on Route 15 will be extended along the northbound lane to close the intersection with Sylvan Dell Road.  A locked gate will be installed at the intersection with old Montgomery Pike Road.  Penn DOT abandoned that section of Sylvan Dell Road in March of this year.

BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

An investigation continues into a burglary which occurred weeks ago at a residence in Upper Fairfield Township remains under investigation by State Police in Lycoming County.  Back at the end of March someone broke into the Back Street residence of Melissa Mundorff and once inside took cash, a laptop computer and an IPad belonging to another man.  It’s not been released as to the total of loss, and state police are asking anyone with information regarding that burglary to give them a call at the Montoursville Barracks at 570-368-5700.

QUESTIONS OVER POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS

During their meeting tomorrow, Lycoming County Commissioners are expected to vote on retaining the McCormick Law Firm of Williamsport for solicitor services.  During yesterday’s session, County Commissioner Rick Mirabito brought up questions about the firm and the possibility of political agendas as State Senator Gene Yaw happens to be an attorney with the firm.  Officials with the firm, say there is not political agenda and that they are able to serve the county without any conflict of interest. Commissioners are expected to retain McCormick Law Firm until December 31st of 2017, at which time the solicitor services would go up for bid.

PROPOSED JERSEY SHORE BUDGET APPROVED

Jersey Shore School Board directors last night gave their approval for a proposed budget for the upcoming school year which will contain a tax increase.  As it stands property owners within the district in Lycoming County would be looking at a .45 mills tax increase while those within the district in Clinton County would see an increase of .29 mills.  The district is still looking at a half million dollar deficit in the spending plan of $40.5 million dollars and district officials are hoping to make that deficit up with money from a reserve fund, instead of higher taxes. A final vote is scheduled for June 27th.

WOMAN WAIVES HEARING

A Williamsport woman charged with homicide by vehicle as well as other counts stemming from a September 2015 crash which killed her passenger waived her preliminary hearing yesterday.  30 year old Jodie Walker will face further court proceedings on several charges.  She was driving a vehicle which crashed into a barrier at the Third Street exit of Route 15 North.  Her passenger, 48 year old Dawn Millheim was ejected and died from injuries suffered in that September 29th crash.  The passenger side door was found to be defective stemming from an earlier crash.  Walker admitted to driving too fast that day.

FIVE INJURED IN CITY CRASH

Five were injured in a Williamsport crash yesterday afternoon. That crash occurred around 1:40pm at the intersection of Franklin and Hughes Streets In the city as vehicles driven by 18 year old Amy Lorimer of Muncy and 30 year old Hydia Shavers of Williamsport collided.  Shavers and a passenger in her car, Roy Herbert were taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center as was Chanel Craven, a passenger in the Lorimer vehicle.  Their conditions were not released. Two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries suffered in that crash.

INTERSTATE 80 CRASH

One person was seriously injured in a crash early yesterday morning on Interstate 80 in Columbia County.  The crash happened around Mile Marker 234 around 2:30am as a truck hauling poultry products slammed into the back of a parked vehicle driven by a Charlotte North Carolina man.  A 16 year old passenger in the car was taken to Geisinger Medical Center with a serious injury, two others suffered minor injuries. The truck rolled onto its side strewing its load of poultry all over the Interstate.  It took some time to get that cleaned up yesterday morning.