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Williamsport town briefs

October 13, 2004

Council agrees to buy ad in high school's yearbook


WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council agreed Monday to buy a half-page ad in the Williamsport High School yearbook.

The ad will cost $140, Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said.

The Town Council buys an ad in the yearbook every year, she said Tuesday.




Deputies respond to more than 500 calls in two months


WILLIAMSPORT - Washington County Sheriff's Department resident deputies responded to 239 calls in Williamsport in August and 263 calls in September, according to summaries presented at Monday's Town Council meeting.

In August, deputies arrested six adults.

They gave out 17 speeding tickets, nine other citations and 19 warnings.

They charged two people with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.

The September arrest total was not clear. The report stated that three adults and seven juveniles were arrested, but the total was listed as eight.

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Deputies gave out five speeding tickets, 27 other citations and 19 warnings in September.

They charged two people with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.

Deputies investigated eight accidents, up from three in August.




Crime watch group plans to meet tonight


WILLIAMSPORT - The town's crime watch group will meet today at 7 p.m. at Williamsport Town Hall, Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday.




Council agrees to speak against possible I-81 tolls


WILLIAMSPORT - At Councilman James G. McCleaf II's request, the Williamsport Town Council agreed Monday to formally speak out against possible tolls on Interstate 81.

The council will send a protest letter to the Maryland State Highway Administration, which is considering imposing tolls on the interstate to raise money for improvements.

"If this thing goes in, we're going to be deluged with traffic on (U.S.) 11," Mayor John W. Slayman said.

From the audience, resident James T. Jewell asked where the people who previously protested a planned truck stop were on this issue.

"I don't think they're paying attention," Councilman Monty R. Jones said.




Trick-or-treating planned for Oct. 28


WILLIAMSPORT - Trick-or-treating will be allowed in Williamsport on Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Town Council decided Monday.

Mayor John W. Slayman said Hagerstown is holding its trick-or-treat night Oct. 31, even though Washington County's municipalities all agreed to hold it Oct. 28.

Karen Giffin, a spokeswoman for the City of Hagerstown, said Tuesday that the city picked its date Aug. 10, more than six weeks before the other municipalities picked their date.




Park pavilions, facilities are rented 271 times


WILLIAMSPORT - In a summary of the 2004 season at Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport Town Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said the facilities were reserved 271 times, through Sunday.

The breakdown was

· 51 for pavilion 1

· 58 for pavilion 2

· 55 for pavilion 3

· 15 for the gazebo

· 92 for the community building




Illegal skateboarding in town to be more closely watched


WILLIAMSPORT - Illegal skateboarding in the town will be more closely enforced, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.

Slayman said the Town Council discussed that at its monthly workshop meeting the previous week.

Assistant Mayor Walter W. Tracy Jr. joked that the town could buy a skateboard ramp package that the City of Bowie is selling.

"The minimum bid is $7,500," Tracy said.

A Bowie employee confirmed the bid amount Tuesday and said the package includes three ramps.

Slayman said the city was forced to do what its insurance company told it to do.

The City of Frostburg also had to stop offering children a place to skateboard, he said.

"It's pretty hard for a small town," Councilman Monty R. Jones said.




Little League sets dates for River City Classic


WILLIAMSPORT - Conococheague Little League's River City Classic tournament will be held July 23 through Aug. 7 in 2005, Little League President Walter Williams said Monday.

The Town Council tentatively agreed to let the league use Byron Memorial Park on those days, as long as Williams signs up and pays on Jan. 3, 2005, the first day people can reserve the facilities.

Just as Hagerstown does, the town annually has forced community groups to wait until January to sign up for reservations, Mayor John W. Slayman said.

"It gives everybody a fair shot," he said.

But Williams said that the council didn't enforce that when it approved a motorcycle group's request for an event in July.

"If you do it for one, be fair about it," he said.

Slayman said he thought the motorcycle club's request was different because it was having a one-time event, while the Little League uses the park every year.

Williams replied that the Little League still needs a guarantee that it can use the park.

From the audience, resident James T. Jewell questioned why the town has to follow the same guidelines that Hagerstown uses.

The United Auto Workers union at General Motors also has asked to use the park in the summer, but the council has not approved the request, Assistant Mayor Walter W. Tracy Jr. said.

Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said Tuesday that the union usually asks to have the entire park, but people have complained, so the union asked for less than the entire park this year.




Councilman volunteers to attend Eagle Scout ceremony


WILLIAMSPORT - Councilman Monty R. Jones on Monday volunteered to represent the town government at an Eagle Scout ceremony on Oct. 24. The ceremony is for Christopher Mark Sylvain.

- Andrew Schotz

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