Williamsport briefs

June 16, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Shop given the OK for outdoor benches

WILLIAMSPORT - A new ice cream shop at the corner of Potomac and Conococheague streets will be allowed to put benches outside for its customers, the Williamsport Town Council unanimously voted Monday.

Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said the benches would be against the building outside and would be taken inside when the shop - called Our Daughter's Ice Cream - is closed.

In 2002, the town ordered the owner of the Blue Moon Caf on Conococheague Street to remove three small tables with chairs from the sidewalk.

Edward Kuczynski, the town's attorney, said Monday that the difference between the two situations is that the caf had a permit based on its seating, while the ice cream shop does not.


Councilman James G. McCleaf II said he supports an outside bench during the hours the ice cream shop is open because it will keep youngsters from sitting on the curb.

Employee insurance changes approved

WILLIAMSPORT - Insurance coverage for Williamsport's full-time employees will change, the town council decided Monday.

The town council voted 5-0 to change the deductible for employees who don't use a doctor within the network and to change the cost of prescription drugs, according to Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico.

Errico said the changes will save the town $12,000, based on 12 full-time employees. Part-time employees don't receive insurance benefits.

The town will continue to be insured with BlueCross BlueShield, she said. Its coverage was due to expire at the end of June.

Councilwoman Roxann Long, whose husband works for the town, abstained from the vote.

Council to buy ad in convention program

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council unanimously voted Monday to spend $40 on a full-page ad in a program to be distributed at a convention of deaf people.

The Easter Deaf Timberfest festival will be held in August at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, a campground east of Williamsport.

Bitner found training program 'informative'

WILLIAMSPORT - Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday that she attended an emergency training program and found it "very informative."

The Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. hopes to sponsor a similar version of the program for the town, Chief Will Ball said.

Crime watch cancels summer meetings

WILLIAMSPORT - The June, July and August meetings of the town's crime watch program have been canceled, Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday.

Members of the program will continue their patrols, she said.

Mayor planned ahead for charity 'jail' event

WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday that advance preparation for a recent charity event kept his "jail time" to a minimum.

As part of a fund-raiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, several public figures were put in "jail" until they could raise at least $500, Slayman said.

Slayman said he was surprised when he showed up and other people were slowly raising money through phone calls. He had arranged his donations during a two-day period before the event.

"I came in and said hi and left," he said. "I felt good about that."

Deputies responded to calls, list arrests

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's Williamsport town deputies responded to 296 complaints in May, according to a report presented to the town council Monday.

Deputies arrested six adults and four juveniles.

They charged one person with driving while intoxicated.

They issued six speeding tickets, two parking tickets and 54 other tickets.

A notation on the report said that most of the tickets were part of a seat belt enforcement patrol.

Retirement pool cash method changed

WILLIAMSPORT - Money in the town's retirement fund for full-time employees will be split equally, the Williamsport Town Council decided Monday.

Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said Tuesday that each year a pool of money - a "profit-sharing" fund - is divided.

In the past, the money was divided according to employees' salaries. The town council voted 4-0 Monday to approve the new method.

Councilwoman Roxann Long, whose husband works for the town, and Assistant Mayor Walter W. Tracy Jr. abstained from the vote.

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