Traditional events, election slated for 2003 in Williamsport

January 15, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - This year's town calendar includes some annual traditions plus an election.

Mayor John Slayman said in a recent interview that he was still working on details for the 25 or so tentative events for 2003, so he wasn't ready to release the entire list.

Some events, though, were set. They include:

  • A fireworks display and band concert in the park on July 4.

  • National Night Out on Aug. 5.

  • C&O Canal Days on Aug. 23 and 24.

  • harvest hoedown on Oct. 4.

Three town council seats will be up for election on March 3.

Councilman James Kalbfleisch, who is in his eighth year on the council, said he is running for re-election.

Councilman Tim Ammons, who has served two years, hadn't made up his mind last week. He said that he expected to decide "at the last minute."


Gloria Bitner, who has served on the council since 1993, will seek another term in office, she said.

Slayman, Kalbfleisch, Ammons and Councilwoman Roxann Long said there are no major government projects planned in town this year.

"It's still early," Long said.

Kalbfleisch, chairman of the town's water and sewer committee, said the town may try to replace a few sewage pumps at a cost of $5,000 to $8,000 apiece.

Several construction and renovation projects also are in the works around town.

The owner of Black Rock Estates in Hagerstown expects to finish a $3 million luxury apartment complex in the next few months.

Springfield Farms, off Sunset Avenue and Ball Park Drive, will have a total of 72 units in four buildings.

Sassan Shaool, president of Washco Developments Inc., the developer, said the project is right on schedule.

The first building opened Jan. 1. "We just started showing (the apartments) this month," Shaool said.

The second building will open by the end of the month, followed by the third building in February and the fourth building around the end of March, he said.

Construction recently began on a public housing development similar to the Park View Knoll senior housing community.

The Washington County Housing Authority is adding 36 apartments in a project known as Springfield Manor.

Richard Willson, the Housing Authority's executive director, said construction on Springfield Manor is expected to continue until January or February of 2004.

Willson said the project is expected to get approval soon for a $2.7 million state loan.

Thirty-seven people are on the waiting list to live in the new apartments, he said.

An $8.5 million renovation project at Williamsport Elementary School is progressing, according to Dennis McGee, the director of facilities for the Washington County Board of Education.

So far, 21 new classrooms have been completed and are in use, he said.

A new library and media center will be finished in the next month.

By late spring, the remaining seven new classrooms and an office should be finished, McGee said.

Any miscellaneous work probably will be finished by May, he said.

Another Williamsport school - Springfield Middle School - turns 25 this year. A celebratory spaghetti dinner and book fair will be held at the school on Feb. 6. A jazz band and choral groups will perform.

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