Williamsport briefs

February 13, 2002

Williamsport briefs

Council votes to spend $6,000 for equipment

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to spend $6,000 on equipment for the town's resident deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The Council will transfer the money from the street capital outlay fund to the police supplies account to pay for a new computer and high-tech laser for traffic enforcement.

The computer will complete the equipment - including desks, chairs and phones with voice mail service - that the deputies requested for their new office at Town Hall, Councilman Tim Ammons said.

The deputies will be able to spend more time in Williamsport because they can complete their paperwork in town, he said.

Cell phone antennas considered for tower

Williamsport Councilman James Kalbfleisch will look into the possibility of allowing cellular phone companies to place antennas on top of the town's water tower, he said Monday.

The rental fees for this service would offset the town's expense for maintaining the tower, Kalbfleisch said.

Utility Services will charge $2,650 to clean, disinfect and seal the tower's tank. The utilities company would serve as a liaison between the town and the cellular companies, Kalbfleisch said.

Youth recognized for participation in famine

The Williamsport Mayor and Town Council will present a resolution to honor youth group members at Zion Lutheran Church for their participation in a 30-hour famine to raise awareness about world hunger, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.

Youth group members will participate in the famine Feb. 22 and 23.

Female athletes honored at banquet

Sixty-four female athletes from Williamsport were honored Feb. 10 during the 2002 Girls & Women in Sports award banquet. Mayor John W. Slayman attended the annual event.

"It was very well-received," he said Monday.

The following athletes were presented Awards of Excellence:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Courtney Shaw, elementary school sports girl.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Caitlin Kuczynski, middle school sports girl.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Katie Spoonire, high school sportswoman.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jessica Rouse, collegiate sportswoman.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Charlotte Trout, coach.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Lauren Cole, physically challenged.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Emily Crabtree, volunteer.

Pool management saves town $25,000

During its first year in charge of the Williamsport community pool, Century Pool Management saved the town more than $25,000, Councilwoman Roxann Long said Monday.

The pool operated at a loss of about $15,000 for the 2001 season, compared to a more than $42,000 loss the season before, Long said.

She said it isn't possible to make a profit at the pool, which is run as a service to the community. Town officials hired the management company last year in hopes of cutting such expenses as swimming lessons, which Century offers as part of its contract cost, Long said.

Criminal reports shared

Resident Deputies Michael Palladino and Mark Hansberger of the Washington County Sheriff's Department in January investigated 72 criminal incidents, and made three juvenile arrests in Williamsport, according to a Sheriff's Department report.

The report did not note the nature of the crimes.

The deputies issued two speeding tickets and eight other traffic citations in January, according to the report.

Town bills paid

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

January vouchers tallied about $175,987, according to the town's financial report for the month.

The balance of the town's general fund checking account through January was about $14,510, and the balance of the money-market fund was about $255,327, according to the report.

The report also took into account a CD valued at $22,502.64.

- Andrea Brown-Hurley

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