Williamsport Town Council briefs

June 12, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

Motorists who fail to pay tickets to get the boot

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday adopted an ordinance that authorizes booting and/or towing the vehicles of motorists who repeatedly fail to pay parking tickets in Williamsport.

The vehicle impoundment and immobilization ordinance takes effect July 1.

The law states that vehicles of motorists with five or more unpaid parking tickets and/or summonses in Williamsport can be immobilized with a parking boot, then towed to an impoundment lot if the outstanding tickets are not paid within 24 hours.

The town's parking enforcement officer and police with jurisdiction in Williamsport are authorized to enforce the ordinance.

If towed, the vehicle's owner will have 30 days to pay parking fines, a $10 immobilization fee and towing-related expenses to reclaim the vehicle, according to the law.

Unclaimed vehicles will be sold at public auction. Vehicle owners can request hearings to contest impoundment.

Town food bank needs donations

The Williamsport Food Bank needs donations. Canned tuna and other meats, frozen meats and dry goods are especially needed.


The food bank at 35 W. Potomac St. is open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays.

Mayor gives scholarship check to winning student

Williamsport Mayor John W. Slayman on Monday presented 2002 Ruby Seymour Scholarship winner Christina Pillis with a $500 check.

Christina - who will graduate from Williamsport High School on Thursday - accepted the check with her parents, Joe and Vicki Pillis, by her side.

Ruby Seymour was a Williamsport town employee for 47 years. The scholarship was started in her name after she died a decade ago, Slayman said.

Signs warn park visitors to stay out of stream

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to post signs they hope will protect the stream bed in Byron Memorial Park.

The signs - at least three of which will be mounted on metal posts and placed in the park - say park visitors will be fined if observed in the stream or throwing objects in the stream.

Fines will vary based upon the severity of the offense, Mayor John W. Slayman said.

Report given on town's finances for May

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

May vouchers tallied about $175,000, according to the town's financial report for the month.

The balance of the town's general fund checking account through May was about $280,000, the balance of the money market fund was about $255,327, and the total income for the month was about $360,874, according to the report.

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

Funds transferred to pay for street lights

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted to pay the balance due for the new street lights on Conococheague Street by transferring funds in the newly approved fiscal 2002-03 budget.

Funds totaling $43,000 were transferred from the mayor's discretionary, water and sewer, capital outlay and community promotion funds to the street light system fund at the request of Councilman James McCleaf, chairman of the town's electric committee.

P.A.L. program to be discussed at meeting

Several parents of Police Athletic League members in Williamsport said Monday they were upset about the lack of P.A.L. activities and communication between P.A.L. organizers and kids.

P.A.L. members were not even notified about a recent fishing rodeo for P.A.L. and Conococheague Little League members at Byron Memorial Park, one parent said.

Mayor John W. Slayman agreed that the P.A.L. program has not worked out as expected.

"What's the hold-up? Why were promises made and not kept," Slayman asked.

P.A.L. members and parents interested in discussing the issue are invited to the next meeting of the Williamsport Crime Watch at 7 p.m. on June 18.

Ceremony will honor town founder July 4

Williamsport's town museum committee will host a ceremony to honor Otho Holland Williams at the town founder's gravesite in Riverview Cemetery on July 4. The time will be announced.

Fireworks will kick-off a Williamsport Community Band performance at 7 p.m. on July 4 at Byron Memorial Park.

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