Williamsport briefs

March 12, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Elections official corrects election results

Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner received two fewer votes in this month's election than was previously reported, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.

C. Lee Butts Jr., chairman of the election supervisors, credited Bitner with 95 votes on March 3, the night of the Town Council election. Actually, Bitner had 93 votes, Slayman said.

The discrepancy didn't affect the outcome of the election. Monty R. Jones was the top vote-getter with 216. Earle R. Pereschuk Sr. was next, with 184 votes. Bitner was third.

All three earned seats on the council.

The winners are scheduled to be sworn in next Monday at 7 p.m.

Pereschuk said at Monday's meeting that he will be out of the country and therefore unable to attend.

Mayor Slayman praises snow removal efforts

The town's employees did a great job clearing snow after the recent storm, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.


Some people complained, but the employees spent 30 straight hours removing snow, he said.

"Tell 'em 'thank you.' They'll appreciate it," Slayman said.

Council to sponsor tee at golf tournament

The Williamsport Town Council voted Monday to sponsor a tee at the Williamsport Lions Club's upcoming golf tournament at a cost of $75.

Councilman James G. McCleaf II abstained from voting.

Yield tax rate to go up, but won't affect taxes

The town's constant yield tax rate will increase from 40 cents per $100 of assessed value to 40.5 cents, the Town Council decided Monday.

The change will not affect taxes.

Town Clerk Bonnie J. Errico said the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation recommended the increase as a way to keep the town's tax revenue the same this year as it was last year.

Man: Fire Department turned down drivers

Town resident James T. Jewell asked the Town Council Monday why ambulance squad drivers weren't considered as fill-in drivers for the fire department.

Last month, the council voted to let town employees drive the trucks if the fire department was shorthanded. The help must be voluntary; the town wouldn't force employees to help.

Mayor John W. Slayman said at the time that the town would try the plan for six months.

Jewell said Monday that ambulance drivers volunteered to help, but were turned down by the fire department.

"I think we should look into that, John," he said.

Councilman-elect Monty R. Jones said the town should be careful about asking ambulance squad drivers to fill in because the ambulance squad and the fire department sometimes respond to the same calls.

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