Williamsport briefs

February 12, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Some town employees may drive firetrucks

WILLIAMSPORT - Some town employees may soon fill in as drivers for the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co.

The Town Council on Monday approved a trial plan to let town employees drive firetrucks to calls during the day if the fire company is short-staffed.

The employees will be sworn in as fire company members. They will be considered fire company members, not town employees, when they are driving firetrucks, the town's attorney, Edward Kuczynski, said.

He stressed that driving would not be considered part of their duties as town employees.

"This has to be a purely volunteer situation on the part of the employees," Kuczynski said.

Mayor John W. Slayman said town employees would not fill in if they were busy.

"We'll try it for six months and see how it goes," he said.

Town to get another resident deputy in March

WILLIAMSPORT - A third resident deputy is expected to start working in Williamsport in the middle of March, Mayor John W. Slayman said during Monday's meeting of the mayor and Town Council.


The Washington County Sheriff's Department received a federal COPS grant to cover the cost of a third deputy.

Town attorney Edward Kuczynski said the grant will pay for the deputy for three years and the town will have to pay $46,895 for the fourth year.

Of the three deputies, two will work 40 hours in town and the third will work 30 hours, Councilman Tim Ammons said.

Resident deputies took 69 complaints in January

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies handled 69 complaints in town in January, according to a report presented to the Town Council Monday.

Deputies arrested one adult and two juveniles.

They also issued one speeding citation, six other traffic citations and one parking citation.

Allegheny Energy gets $195,734 tax refund

WILLIAMSPORT - Allegheny Energy has received a tax refund check of almost $200,000 from the town, according to Town Clerk Bonnie J. Errico.

Allegheny originally sent the town a check for $505,317.24. However, after Allegheny successfully lobbied the state to reduce the assessment on property it owns in Williamsport, the town sent a refund check of $195,734.48 last month, Errico said.

Traffic light repair would cost about $11,500

WILLIAMSPORT - It would cost about $11,500 to fix the traffic light at West Salisbury and West Vermont streets, Councilman Tim Ammons said Monday.

Resident James Jewell asked about the light during the monthly town meeting as council members gave reports on the committees with which they are involved.

Ammons said the light - which is supposed to serve as a traffic light, but only blinks - is old, which makes it difficult for the town to find parts.

Groups to hold carnival at Byron Memorial Park

WILLIAMSPORT - Three groups will pay to use a pavilion at Byron Memorial Park for a carnival in September, the Town Council learned Monday.

The Downsville Ruritan Club, the Hagerstown Pigeon Club and the Funkstown Rod and Gun Club will pay $1,000 to use the park from Sept. 1 to 6, according to Town Clerk Bonnie J. Errico.

That amount includes water and electricity service, Councilwoman Gloria Bitner said.

Errico said the groups plan to have food concessions.

Residents may notice temporary water change

WILLIAMSPORT - Town residents may experience low water pressure after about 4 p.m. Thursday while a meter is replaced, Councilman James Kalbfleisch said Monday. Also, water may be discolored.

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