NEW SOFTWARE, COULD A REASSESSMENT BE FAR BEHIND?

Is a County Wide Property Reassessment on the horizon in Lycoming County.  It’s been revealed that next week, County Commissioners will consider approving a contract to upgrade it’s reassessment software at a cost of $675,000 dollars.  Commissioners say that the contract with Tyler Technologies,, a company that officials say is the best in the reassessment business. Commissioners say that an agreement with the company is not a commitment to doing a reassessment, but that they would be ready to go should they decide that one is needed.  A proposal has been offered to the county by Tyler Technologies to provide the software and a reassessment itself for $3.7 million dollars.

FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND

The city of Williamsport could go the way of numerous other cities across the nation with the placement of signs directing residents and visitors to city services, landmarks and other places of interest.  The city council Economic Revitalization Committee heard from city planner Chelsea Myers and City Mayor Gabriel Campana that they would like to form a committee to look into the placement of signs which would direct or inform visitors as to the locations of the places of interest.  It’s believed the signs could add to the economic revitalization of he city.  It’s hoped the signs could be  paid for through stakeholder donations and grant opportunities.

NEW PARKING METERS APPROVED

The city of Williamsport will be getting new parking meters later this year.  The Williamsport Parking Authority approved a contract for a little over $139,000 dollars to replace 185 current meters within the city. It’s hoped that replacement can begin in the fall and be finished by the end of the year.  The meters which have a large solar array and display screen will first take coins and early next year should be able to take credit cards, smart cards and phone transactions and even notify users when time is running out through a phone app. 

MORE DETAILS RELEASED REGARDING FATAL CRASH

More details have been released regarding last Wednesday’s crash in Snydertown in Northumberland County in which a woman was killed.  The crash on Snydertown Road caused the death of 21 year old Kaylee Pukiewicz of Shenandoah and caused a large police presence and search in the area.  It’s now known that police were looking for a man witnesses said was bleeding from the ear and who took off into the woods, allegedly carrying a gun with him.  Police later found 36 year old Christopher Weston in the woods. He was treated at an area hospital.  Troopers have not said whether they recovered a gun and Weston has not bee charged with anything. Drugs were also found in the vehicle.. 

MAN JAILED FOR SELLING DRUGS

A Loyalsock Township man was jailed this week, charged with selling drugs from his home between March 29th and this past Monday.  23 year old Keith Ferguson was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and related counts for his alleged involvement in four sales of controlled substances from his Randall Circle residence.  He was charged by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit, arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

STATE POLICE DRUG ARREST

State police in Montoursville have arrested a man who lists a Loyalsock Township residence for dealing cocaine on two occasions.  23 year old Jeromy Drummond allegedly sold cocaine to an informant on April 10th and again this past Monday in the Township.  He was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine as well as related offenses and then jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,900 dollars bail.

BON-TON TO CLOSE

It looks like another large store at the Lycoming Mall is seeing it’s last days.  The Bon-Ton Stores which operates 260 department stores across he country including the one at the Lycoming Mall has sold out to two liquidation firms which were the highest bidders at a bankruptcy auction.  A hearing was scheduled yesterday to approve the sale, but it looks like Bon Ton Stores are no more.  The Bon Ton Store at the Lycoming Mall employs about 60 people. It’s believed they will remain working there for the next 10 to 12 weeks.  It was previously announced that the store at the Susquehanna Valley Mall would be closing as part of the company’s bankruptcy.

ENHANCING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

The State House of Representatives Education Committee has said yes to a 9 bill package of legislation which is designed to enhance Career and Technical Education.  The bi-partisan effort will go to the full house for it’s debate. The bills aim to address business and industry workforce shortages, strengthen educational partnerships, increase access to Career and Technical Education programs, and highlight the benefits, training opportunities, and future earning potential of the programs to students. 

COMMUNITY FIELDS DAMAGE, WOMAN FACES CHARGES

Two community fields in Middleburg are damaged and a woman faces charges for driving her vehicle through those fields. Damage was discovered Monday morning to a community ball field from a vehicle which was spinning it’s tires across the infield and outfield. Then later in the evening a vehicle containing two women was observed doing the same thing to a field used as a parking lot at the fireman’s carnival grounds.  The car was impounded.  Charges are pending against the driver, a 22 year old woman.