Williamsport Town Council briefs

January 14, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Little League won't have to pay to rent pavilion

WILLIAMSPORT - The Conococheague Little League won't have to pay to rent a pavilion at Byron Memorial Park in August, the Town Council decided Monday.

League President Walter Williams requested a waiver from paying to use a pavilion on three Saturdays and two Sundays in August during the annual River City Classic tournament.

The league uses the pavilion's parking lot - not the pavilion itself - on weekends, when teams play more games, he said.

The council unanimously approved the request.

Williams said the league previously was charged the standard rate for renting the pavilion, which is $50 per day.

Man forced to move meters criticizes town

WILLIAMSPORT - A man criticized the town Monday for forcing him to move electric meters on his three-story apartment building at 15 S. Conococheague St.


Charles Brown said the meters were put in many years ago at the town's direction. The town now insists that the meters and panel boxes be moved, which will cost him about $1,500, he said.

Brown wondered if the same thing will happen with his other properties in town.

Councilman James G. McCleaf II, the chairman of the town's electric committee, said the town has been checking for violations as it converts its distribution system from 4-kilovolt to 12-kilovolt.

"We will enforce the code," he said.

Robert Kuczynski, filling in as town attorney for his son, Edward, told Brown that regulations may change over the years.

"There were water buckets for fires 100 years ago," he said.

Brown said he took exception to Kuczynski's comment and asked him to be more polite. Kuczynski then took offense when Brown insinuated that Kuczynski would back up whatever the town council said.

Brown later apologized. Kuczynski accepted and said he understood the frustration over code enforcement.

Assistant Mayor Walter W. Tracy Jr. said he sympathized with Brown because he experienced the same problem a few years ago.

"Some responsibility lies on us," he said, referring to town government.

McCleaf and Brown agreed after the meeting that they would get together soon to go over the code.

Request to lease building for fund-raiser approved

WILLIAMSPORT - In a rare split vote, the Town Council on Monday agreed to lease the Community Building at Byron Memorial Park for a fund-raiser.

Joey Hemphill asked to rent the building for a garage sale and bake sale, Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said. The proceeds would help a friend with cancer.

Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner, the chairwoman of the town's buildings committee, made a motion to reject Hemphill's request because it would set a precedent for future fund-raisers.

"I just don't think we can do it (for) one and then have 100 other people come in and want to do it," she said.

Bitner's motion died because no one seconded it.

Councilman Monty R. Jones made a separate motion to approve Hemphill's request at the same rental rate anyone else would pay.

Jones's motion passed 4-1, with Bitner voting no.

CertainTeed hopes to use park for celebration

WILLIAMSPORT - The town's parks and buildings committees will meet Jan. 20 to discuss a request by CertainTeed Corp. in Williamsport to use all of Byron Memorial Park on Saturday, June 12.

The company plans to hold a 100th anniversary celebration from noon to 6 p.m.

The committees' decision on use and fees will be subject to the Town Council's approval next month, town attorney Robert Kuczynski said.

"I'm against closing the park to the public," Councilwoman Roxann L. Long said.

The General Roofing Manufacturing Co., which became CertainTeed, was started in 1904 in Illinois, according to the company's Web site.

Mayor talks before group of deaf people

WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday that he enjoyed talking about the town last month before a group of deaf people from the East Coast.

"I never spoke to that many people who couldn't hear me," he said.

Someone translated his comments and town historian Maurice Snyder's comments into sign language for the crowd.

Slayman said audience members raised their arms to cheer certain comments.

"We gave them ... umbrellas for door prizes and you'd think they got a million bucks," he said.

Cost of park rentals goes up for nonresidents

WILLIAMSPORT - Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner, the chairwoman of the town's buildings committee, said Monday that rental fees for amenities at Byron Memorial Park have gone up for nonresidents.

The cost for residents to rent a pavilion remained at $50. But a nonresident now will pay $65 instead of $50, she said.

The cost of renting the Community Building is still $100 plus a $50 deposit for town residents. But for nonresidents it has risen from $100 to $125, plus a $50 deposit.

Both residents and nonresidents will continue to pay $25 to rent the gazebo, Bitner said.

The council unanimously approved Bitner's motion to allow each Williamsport nonprofit organization one free rental of a pavilion or the Community Building per year.

Monrovia company to maintain town's pool

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