Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Final Town Hall Meeting Tuesday
9/14/2018

Final Town Hall Meeting Tuesday

 

The final town hall meeting of the season will be held this coming Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company, 5556 Warrensville Road, Montoursville. I hope to see you there!
 

 
Thanks for Coming!
 

   

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Senior Citizens Expo on Thursday at Lycoming Valley Baptist Church! We had more than 470 people and more than 80 vendors on hand for the event…what a great turnout! I hope all who attended found the event both fun and informative. We’ll see you next year!
 
 
Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants
 

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019.

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here.
 
 
Working to Support the Chesapeake Bay


 

As a legislative member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC), I met recently with Congressman Glenn Thompson (right in photo) and fellow CBC member state Rep. Keith Gillespie to discuss the current Federal Farm Bill, which expires on Sept. 30. Congressman Thompson is Vice Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.

The Farm Bill is crucial to efforts to clean up creeks and rivers in the Susquehanna watershed, as it includes conservation programs that help farmers stop pollution at its source and ensure our families enjoy clean water. Both branches of Congress are looking for consensus legislation after having each passed their own version of the Farm Bill.
 
 
Transportation: What Do You Think?

 
The SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is asking area residents to take part in an online survey about transportation needs and concerns in the region.

The organization is looking for feedback about how individuals are affected by transportation services offered locally and working specifically to identify any gaps in services affecting seniors, minorities, low-income individuals and people with disabilities or with limited English language skills.

Survey questions include how people travel (alone or with others), the type of transportation available to them, whether they use it and why or why not, the reasons for transportation needs such as medical appointments, and more.

The 10-minute survey will be open through Oct. 29 here.

Responses will help inform the update to the SEDA-COG and Williamsport MPOs’ joint Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.
 
 
Lane Restrictions Continue on I-180
 

Long-term lane restrictions remain in effect at a resurfacing project on Interstate 180 in Lycoming County.

There are alternating lane restrictions on I-180 in both directions from the Muncy Creek bridge at Mile 14 (between Hughesville and Pennsdale) to the Carpenter’s Run bridge at Mile 16 (between Pennsdale and the Lycoming Mall Interchange). These conditions will be in effect until mid-to-late October. After that, the road will be open to two lanes in each direction.

This work is part of an 8.6-mile resurfacing project from Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to the Muncy Creek bridge.
 
 
PennDOT Flood-Recovery Efforts Continue in Northcentral Pennsylvania


While it looks like more rain is on the way, PennDOT is continuing to work on recovery efforts related to flooding that occurred since late July in District 3’s northcentral region.

The agency indicates several contracts have been initiated for emergency projects related to that flooding. In Lycoming County, a $790,000 contract to stabilize the embankment along Route 87 just north of Route 973 in Plunketts Creek Township and an $81,500 contract to stabilize Route 220 and prevent the stream from jumping the embankment near Glen Mawr were started. This work is associated with flooding that occurred on July 25.

Contracts for debris removal on numerous bridges in Columbia, Montour, Lycoming and Sullivan counties are also underway. In addition to these contracts, PennDOT county maintenance forces have been working at numerous sites throughout the flood-damaged area. Route 2032 in Lycoming County, Route 1049 and Route 4017 in Bradford County, and Route 4014 in Sullivan County are now open due to these efforts.

There currently are 19 roads closed due to flood damage and many other roads that are open but require various levels of repair. Recovery efforts will continue until all flood-impacted roads in the region can be opened to traffic.

It may be necessary for PennDOT personnel and contractors to enter onto private property to carry out the emergency repairs necessary to protect damaged highways and bridges and to re-open closed roads. Property owners may be contacted by PennDOT requesting authorization to enter their property for this reason. The cooperation of the public is appreciated, as it greatly expedites PennDOT’s flood recovery efforts. Without the cooperation of the private landowners, many of these emergency projects could be delayed for up to a year.
 
 
Funding Available to Local Governments for Flood Recovery
 

 
To assist with flood recovery efforts caused by this summer’s flash flooding and torrential rains, the governor announced on Thursday that $6.25 million is being directed to local entities for streambank restoration and other recovery efforts.

Funding will be available for Berks, Bradford, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northampton, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide 75 percent of restoration funding, with DEP providing the 25 percent match for eligible projects.

Projects eligible for funding include removing debris from waterways, reseeding damaged areas, and protecting eroded streambanks from further damage. Funding is not available to repair or maintain existing structures or repair damage to homes and businesses caused by floodwater.

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15, 2018, by NRCS.

More information is available here.
 
 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills
 

 
Members of the House Professional Licensure Committee this week examined legislation that would allow health care to be more accessible and affordable by offering telemedicine options for patients.

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology, a significant and rapidly growing component of health care. Through the use of telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers are able to expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.

Legislation has been introduced in both chambers (House Bill 1648 and Senate Bill 780) that would define the term in state law and offer clarity for insurance company reimbursement for these services. Although the legislation requires payments for telemedicine services, those payments would be established between the provider and insurer.

Among those testifying at this week’s hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent.
 
 
Elk Cam Goes Live
 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again has installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season this fall heats up.

Video and sound from the camera are being live-streamed at pgc.pa.gov, and viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well.

The live stream, which is provided by the Game Commission’s partner, HDOnTap, is the latest in a string of real-time wildlife-watching opportunities offered by the Game Commission.

The page also contains information on Pennsylvania’s elk, where to view them and links to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors website, which includes all sorts of helpful information for anyone visiting elk country.

The live stream is slated to run until the end of the bugling season, likely sometime in mid-October. The top time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon.
 
 
Reminder: Join Me for a Free Gun Law Seminar
 

Rep. Jeff Wheeland and I will be hosting a series of Gun Law Seminars in October. Presenters will include Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws; Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk, who will explain rules and regulations surrounding licenses to carry firearms; a police officer, who will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, who will discuss firearm carry laws as they relate to hunting seasons.

The events are scheduled as follows:

 Seating is limited and advance registration is required. To RSVP, click here, or contact the district office by calling (570) 398-4476 or emailing Kathy Koch at kkoch@pahousegop.com.
 

 
Special Veterans Assistance Hours Sept. 24
 
If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at Penn Hills Plaza, Suite 1, Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Monday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to help with issues such as compensation, pension, death benefits, education, health care and general veterans’ benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the legion to participate.

To schedule an appointment, call my district office at (570) 546-2084.
 
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