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Williamsport briefs

March 16, 2005

Resident gets second chance with utility bills


WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor John W. Slayman on Monday granted a resident's request to continue to pay utility bills by check.

The resident had written the town a letter explaining that a check recently bounced because of an error.

Usually, if a resident bounces a check, he or she will only be allowed to pay bills by money order or another guaranteed method, Slayman said.

"OK, we'll give him another shot," he said.




Meter reader on duty when he wrote ticket


WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor John W. Slayman held up a copy of a time card at Monday's meeting as proof that the town's meter reader was on duty when he wrote a parking ticket.

Resident James T. Jewell, who received the ticket, complained at last month's council meeting. Part of his argument was that Larry Lewis, the meter reader, hadn't started his shift at 7:35 a.m., when he wrote the ticket.

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Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said at last month's meeting that Lewis had arrived early at work that day and was told by his supervisor that he should write the ticket, which carries a $5 fine.

Slayman said Monday that Lewis was on duty when he wrote the ticket and invited the audience to look at the time card for verification.

Jewell often attends town council meetings, but was not there Monday.




Skateboarders 'noisy' says Pereschuk


WILLIAMSPORT - Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk Sr. said skateboarders were noisy in the parking lot outside his church on Sunday as a service was under way.

He said the pastor had to call the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

"It's a shame that you can't enjoy a church service," Pereschuk said.

Skateboarding has been a hot issue in town lately and was one of the key distinctions between the two slates of candidates in last week's election.

Pereschuk said skateboarders are "dartin' out in front of vehicles and somebody's gonna get killed."

- Andrew Schotz

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