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Williamsport attorney says Equipment policy 'about as clear as mud'

July 13, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - The policy for allowing employees to use town equipment outside of their regular work hours is "about as clear as mud," Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said Monday.

From the audience, Town Supervisor Jeff Long said employees sometimes use equipment to do odd jobs - such as repairing sidewalks - for residents and charge 60 percent to 70 percent of what contractors might charge.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the practice was in place before he took office, so he allowed it to continue. Residents would call the mayor and ask for help and the mayor would say OK, he said.

McCleaf said he brought the matter up because he had gotten questions about it.

Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said Tuesday that town employees keep the money they receive when they do odd jobs with town equipment outside of their regular work.

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Kuczynski's "clear as mud" reference during Monday's meeting came when Councilman Jeff Cline asked what the town's liability is for after-hours jobs.

Cline said the town should establish a policy.

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