Williamsport briefs

November 14, 2000

Williamsport briefs

The Williamsport Mayor and Town Council on Monday declared Nov. 13, 2000, a Day of Remembrance for USS Cole sailor Craig Wibberley.

The Williamsport native was killed when the U.S. Navy destroyer was bombed Oct. 12 in the Yemeni port of Aden.

The Mayor and Town Council adopted a resolution to express the town's condolences for the Wibberley family, who were unable to attend the Monday night council meeting.

Officials from American Legion Post 202 in Williamsport were on hand to present a U.S. flag and Bible to the family. The Legion also made a donation to the Craig Wibberley scholarship fund that has been established at the Washington County Technical High School.

Williamsport Mayor John W. Slayman said he would present the flag, Bible and a town quilt to the Wibberley family.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to pay Christmas bonuses to town employees.

The Williamsport Town Council will hold a public hearing in December to get citizens' feedback about raising the town's water and sewer connection fee rates.


The town is considering raising the fees to compensate for a rise in county water and sewer rates, Councilman Jim Kalbfleisch said.

The hearing will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Town Hall.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to host a townwide holiday decorating contest from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Monetary prizes will be offered for the best decorated commercial property, overall house and yard and entryway, Town Clerk Donna K. Spickler said.

Interested participants should keep their lights on during judging hours to indicate their participation, Spickler said.

Williamsport Mayor John W. Slayman Monday designated longtime Williamsport businessman Charles "Moe" Mozingo the recipient of the town's community service award.

Mozingo, who wasn't present at the Town Council meeting, ran Moe's Sunoco in Williamsport for more than 30 years. He recently retired, Slayman said.

Williamsport Community Band member David Shane Monday asked the Williamsport Town Council to consider placing state and federal flags at the band shell in Byron Memorial Park during band performances.

Williamsport Mayor John W. Slayman said the council would consider the request.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to pay the town's bills.

October vouchers totaled about $160,000, according to the town's financial report for the month.

The balance of the town's general fund checking account through October was about $18,000, the balance of the money market fund was about $5,104, and the total income for the month was about $178,000, according to the report.

The report also took into account two CDs, valued at $331,081.35 and $21,074.67.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday passed a resolution to make Nov. 19-26 National Bible Week.

Council members signed the resolution, which was forwarded to the town from the City of Oklahoma, to encourage Bible reading nationwide.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to delay establishing a town Web site until long-standing computer problems are corrected.

The town pays nearly $4,000 each year to have a third party generate Williamsport electric bills because of a glitch in the town's computer system, Town Clerk Donna K. Spickler said.

Council members decided to set a Jan. 10 deadline to have the problem fixed before moving forward with plans to develop a Web site.

It will cost $2,755 to develop a 35-40 page site, according to figures from Tri-State Advertising and Communications, Town Clerk Donna K. Spickler said.

The town will have to pay about $55 a month for site maintenance and Internet access, and a $35 domain fee every two years, Spickler said.

Several council members said the town doesn't need such a large Web site.

Spickler said she will get more information, including investigating the possibility of a free site through the Washington County Public Library, before the Town Council makes a decision.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday unanimously rejected the only bid proposal it received for a town-run curatorship at the historic Springfield farmhouse.

In the bid proposal, the prospective curator offered $500 a month to renovate the structure to the town's specifications within three years in return for living in the building for 10 years without paying rent.

The Council decided that the proposal didn't provide enough detail about the scope of the renovation work, the work's estimated cost, the potential curator's qualifications and personal finances.

The bidding process may have been too short to allow enough time for bidders to develop complete renovation plans, Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said.

Out of courtesy, the rejected bidder will be contacted to explain the council's decision, Vice Mayor Jim Black said.

The Council decided to re-advertise the bid with a submission deadline of Jan. 5 and an early December pre-bid conference at the farmhouse to answer questions about the project.

- Andrea Brown-Hurley

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