Williamsport Town Council briefs

October 15, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Resident deputies respond to 168 calls

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 168 calls in Williamsport in September, according to a report the town council heard Monday.

Mayor John W. Slayman said that was a big decrease from the 265 complaints in August.

The difference was due to the fact that three deputies served the town in August, but only two did in September. One deputy was in a training program and unavailable, the report says.

The remaining resident deputies arrested five juveniles and three adults.

They gave out 19 speeding tickets, 12 other citations and 46 warnings.

Rotary Club seeks project to help town

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Rotary Club wants to help the town with a project that will benefit the public.

The club is looking for ideas, said Gary Finster, the chapter's treasurer.

Syl Reimond, chairman of the Rotary committee trying to pick a project, suggested buying playground equipment.


The town ordered playground equipment but hasn't paid for it yet, said Bonnie J. Errico, the town's clerk/treasurer.

Reimond asked the town to tell the Rotary Club how much the equipment costs so it can share the expense.

Crime watch group meeting set for Oct. 21

WILLIAMSPORT - The next meeting of the town's crime watch group will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday.

Pereschuk informs council about vandalism

WILLIAMSPORT - Sunset Avenue residents are having trouble with people vandalizing mailboxes and removing mail, Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk Sr. said Monday.

"The neighbors are getting upset," he said.

"People don't realize that's a federal offense," Mayor John W. Slayman said.

The damage seems to happen around the time Springfield Middle School lets out, Pereschuk said.

He said he wants the school to warn the student body about vandalism.

Higher fees for removal of tire locks proposed

WILLIAMSPORT - The town council took the first step Monday toward a higher fee for removing tire locks from vehicles whose owners have failed to pay several traffic tickets.

Williamsport "boots" the tires on those vehicles, essentially disabling them until the owner pays the tickets, plus a $10 immobilization fee.

Councilman Monty R. Jones suggested raising the fee when people pay late in the day.

Employees who remove vehicle boots finish work at 3:30 p.m., Jones said. If someone pays the fee between 3:30 and 5 p.m., when Town Hall closes, an employee must be called in and paid for a minimum of four hours of work, he said.

The new fee schedule would be $10 if the fee is paid before 3:30 p.m. weekdays and $60 if it's paid after 3:30 p.m.

The council unanimously approved the concept.

Town Hall is closed on the weekends, so the fee couldn't be paid then.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said the council must vote on the ordinance again at the next meeting to pass it. The ordinance would take effect 20 days after that, he said.

Council approves liability insurance switch

WILLIAMSPORT - The town would cut its liability insurance expenses by more than half under a plan approved Monday.

Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said the town had the option of sticking with its current provider and paying $46,000 or going with Local Government Insurance Trust and paying $18,000.

"Oh, my goodness, what a difference," Mayor John W. Slayman said.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said Local Government Insurance Trust formed to keep government insurance prices from skyrocketing and has accomplished its goal.

The town council unanimously agreed to accept the proposal if Kuczynski determines that it's OK.

Town to send letter opposing storage project

WILLIAMSPORT - The town council voted to send a letter opposing a truck-trailer storage project on land near Williamsport belonging to Donald Bowman.

The Rev. Tom and Linda Perry of the C&O Canal Association warned the council that the Bowman Group has a new plan for the property.

Councilman Monty R. Jones said Bowman bought the land after the county's Economic Development Commission helped market it and he has a right to develop it. However, trailer storage is not the best use of the land, he said.

Jones proposed trading another piece of land for Bowman's land, then giving the Bowman land to the Conococheague Little League for ball fields.

Linda Perry wondered if Bowman might donate the land to the Little League on his own, without a trade, because "he has a good heart."

"We could call it Bowman's Field," she said.

Councilman James G. McCleaf II abstained from voting to draft an opposition letter. He explained that he is related to Donald Bowman through marriage.

Council says it will bid on property in town

WILLIAMSPORT - The town council voted Monday to try to buy property at 13 W. Salisbury St.

The discussion - which was not listed on the agenda or announced during public session - was held in executive session.

According to the motion, Robert E. Newcomer owns the land.

State land records indicate that the parcel is about 6,400 square feet and is assessed at about $32,000.

The amount of the town's bid was not disclosed. The bid will be sealed, Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said.

Councilman Monty R. Jones waited outside the meeting room during the discussion. He explained that he previously was interested in buying the land on his own, but decided not to.

Jones returned to the meeting room for the vote, but he abstained.

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