HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN
It was a tweaked plan, but it was unanimously approved by the Montoursville Area School District School Board. The 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan has kept masks options, vaccinations not required, for staff or students, and no testing or screening for COVID-19 will be permitted on any district property, according to SUN Gazette. The district, however, agreed to comply with modifications for facilities to permit physical distancing at “the greatest extent possible,” and maintain healthy hygiene practices with cleaning and sanitation routines.
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
The $25.8 million in American Rescue Plan dollars was the focus of the City Council’s Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday. After receiving the general guidelines on proper spending of the U.S. Department of Treasury, Mayor Derek Slaughter is prepared to organize a joint-work session next week with council. According to a media outlet, Slaughter said he met recently with the county commissioners, as the county is set to receive $22 million, and has plans to meet with the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority.
FIREWORKS 911 POLICE CALLS
Williamsport Bureau of Police logged calls for fireworks activity over the Fourth of July weekend. According to City Police Chief Justin Snyder, a check of the city police records system from June 1 through Sunday indicated city officers responded to upwards of 30 fireworks-related calls. The difficulty of enforcement is compounded because commercial-grade fireworks are being sold legally and by the time they respond to fireworks complaints, most of those lighting them have fled the scene. “Many people will not call in,” Assistant Police Chief Jason Bolt said. “A lot come in as advisement,” he said.
JUDGE WILLIAM SOLOMON’S OFFICE RECONSTRUCTION
Construction material deliveries, arriving late, have unfortunately postponed the relocation of District Judge William Solomon’s office, according to Lycoming County Commissioners. According to a media source, Judge William Solomon will continue to conduct business out of his existing office at 1965 Lycoming Creek Road. Commissioners will next meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport.
COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT AND MORE
Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, reported to the Lycoming County Comissioners that the county will receive $291,230 in Community Development Block Grant funding this year, according to a media source. In orther news, the Commissioners approved several CDBG 2020 funding agreements for projects. American Rescue Workers and Jersey Shore Borough will each receive $55,000 for rent, utility and mortgage assistance to help those impacted by COVID-19. Commissioners will next meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport.
SHOTS FIRED NEW COLUMBIA
A man was sitting in his vehicle early Sunday morning in New Columbia when another man fired at him with a shotgun, police said. Zakary J. Walls, 27, of New Columbia, remains in Union County Jail in lieu of monetary $100,000 bail after he was arraigned by District Judge Jeffrey A. Rowe. It was the 1200 block of Bostion Road in White Deer Township where Walls now faces multiple felony charges and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 27 at the office of District Judge Jeffrey C. Mensch in Mifflinburg.
DAISY AWARD FOR UPMC NURSES
It was a total of five amazing nurses from UPMC in North Central Pa. were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. These folk are chosen based on nominations from coworkers, patients, patients’ family members, or physicians that describe exemplary acts of service and compassion. Congrats to these two heros … Cathy Brandt, RN, Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Williamsport, was nominated by a patient., Julie Foresman, RN, UPMC Muncy Place, was nominated by a resident’s family member. …Kate Yost, RN, Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Williamsport, was nominated by a patient’s family member.Steven Davis, RN, Emergency Department at UPMC Williamsport, was nominated by a patient’s parent. And Caroline Troutman, RN, Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Williamsport, was nominated by a patient’s family member.