SUCCESSFUL HISTORIC AMBULANCE ALLIANCE
Hepburn Township, Trout Run and Ralston volunteer fire companies officially formed an alliance to bring a regional paid ambulance service to cover ambulance service for Hepburn, Lycoming, Lewis and McIntyre townships. Last night’s public signing of the alliance attracted over 150 community members and also State Rep Joe Hamm and all three Lycoming County Commissioners.
OFF TO CITY COUNCIL FOR A VOTE
It was the positive recommendation that Williamsport Mayor Slaughter was looking forward to hearing. At yesterday’s Williamsport City Council’s finance committee meeting, the committee provided a positive nod to an ordinance adopting the American Rescue Plan budget on first reading. According to City Council President Adam Yoder, the ordinance covers the funding already received and that it plans on receiving this spring, which amounts to upwards of $7.3 million. Yoder added, the motion, which passed, now moves to the full body of council with a positive recommendation.
SHARE ACCOUNT IN SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT
In the latest South Williamsport Borough Council meeting, the council agreed to submit a local share account application written in the amount of $1 million to the state Department of Community and Economic Development. As reported by the SUN Gazette, even as the process begins, the council has ideas of how it is to be spent. In fact, much of it will toward a community building set to be at the former borough pool complex.
COVID CASES LOCALLY
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday reported new cases of COVID-19, the highest number over the last three days. Clinton County reported 18 new cases. Centre County added 39 cases and Lycoming County listed 40 new cases. There were 29 new cases in Northumberland County, eight in Montour and six each in Snyder and Union counties. Tioga County added 8.
RIT ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH PENN COLLEGE
An articulation agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology will streamline the postgraduate admissions process for Pennsylvania College of Technology students seeking to complete a master’s degree in architecture there. The just-signed agreement provides qualified students in Penn College’s four-year architecture and sustainable design major with a smooth pathway to RIT’s graduate program. Interested students would need to apply in the final year of their bachelor’s study, complete all requisite courses with a 3.0 GPA, and fulfill other standard admissions requirements. Upon satisfactory completion of their Penn College degree, accepted students would automatically be granted advanced placement into the second year of RIT’s master’s program.
STATE POLICE RESPONDS TO THE CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMISSION
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today responses to the recent recommendations made by the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission. In December, the Commission approved recommendations relating to police-involved shootings, other use of force, and bias-based policing. The Commission includes three committees to review completed internal investigative findings to determine if they were fair, impartial, complete, and performed in a manner consistent with applicable policies. Governor Wolf created the Commission in 2020 by Executive Order. The Commission is comprised of 21 voting members and six ex-officio members. Voting members include one representative from each of the Pennsylvania State Police’s current 15 Troop geographic areas and six citizen members chosen at-large.