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Williamsport briefs

October 12, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ and MARLO BARNHART

Pool lost $19,944



WILLIAMSPORT - The town took in $34,756 in revenue from its pool this year and spent $54,700, for a net loss of $19,944, Councilman Nelson F. Deal said Monday.

"That's a good year for the pool," said Deal, who oversees pool operations for the town. He said it's common for a municipal pool to have a larger deficit.

Most of the money spent went to Century Pool Management of Monrovia, Md., he said.

For the first time, the town has collected a portion of the revenue Century took in for swimming lessons, Deal said.

The town was supposed to receive $5 per swimming student each year, but the verbal agreement was never enforced, he said.

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Deal said the town recently collected $7,940 covering 2001 to 2004.

The town's portion for 2005, which hadn't come in yet, will be $12 per student, he said.




Computer bids to be discussed at meeting



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss bids for three new computers for Town Hall, plus software and training.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the town received two bids by the deadline, but, as of Monday, he hadn't had time to review or compare them.

One bid was from Logics LLC of Raleigh, N.C. It bid $34,505 for software licensing; $3,020 for annual maintenance and $750 for training, for a total of $38,275.

The other bid came from Fullmoon, a Virginia company. It bid $28,700 for data recovery and account reconciliation; $19,900 for system configuration and $29,400 on-demand service and support, for a total of $78,000.

McCleaf said the bids appear to have different elements to them, so he will ask someone for help in reviewing them.

He said the town expects to have a modern system that would allow the public to conduct transactions with credit cards and by using the Internet.




Grimm hired as zoning enforcement officer



WILLIAMSPORT - The town has a new zoning enforcement officer.

C. Richard Grimm started in the job Wednesday, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Monday.

The town is paying him $20 an hour, but he is not a town employee, McCleaf said.

Grimm, who also is Funkstown's on-call zoning administrator, replaces Rob Smith.

As zoning enforcement officer, Smith was a part-time employee for Williamsport.

He started with the town on July 1, 2004, at a cost of $4,000 a year.

He resigned effective June 30, but stayed on to help as he was needed, at no charge.

Bonnie J. Errico, who was the town's clerk/treasurer, said in June that Smith resigned because his full-time job with the Washington County Department of Permits & Inspections was keeping him busy.




4-H members asked to help judge lights



WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Monday that he invited the members of the Downsville 4-H Club to judge this year's holiday lights competition in Williamsport.

Last year, a girl in the club asked him why the houses "with pretty lights" didn't win, McCleaf said.

"We'll get a kids' perspective this year," he said.

McCleaf said he thinks the approximately 15 club members will be able to ride around town in a small bus to judge the light-display entries.




Deputies take gun, money from complex



WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 187 calls in Williamsport in September, according to a report presented Monday.

Deputies arrested six adults and three juveniles.

They issued five speeding tickets and 19 other citations. One person was charged with driving while intoxicated or under the influence.

Deputy Mike Palladino said the department used a search and seizure warrant to confiscate a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver and several hundred dollars from a housing complex near the schools.

Also through the warrant, deputies made two drug arrests, he said.




Halloween party to be held at park building



WILLIAMSPORT - The town of Williamsport will host a Halloween party with punch and cookies at Byron Memorial Park's community building, Councilman Jeff Cline said Monday.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the party, for trick-or-treaters, will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The town is allowing trick-or-treating in the community that day from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cline joked that there was a rumor that "Batman and a pirate of the Potomac" would be at the party.




National Night Out volunteers recognized



WILLIAMSPORT - People and businesses that helped in August with National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention program, received certificates of appreciation on Monday.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Doug Mullendore handed out certificates to The Butter Krust Baking Co., Pepsi Bottling Group, Walter Williams, Chris Grimes and the mayor and town council.

Deputy Mike Palladino said about 380 people took part in National Night Out in Williamsport.

"It was a booming success," Mullendore said.




Crime watch group to meet Tuesday



WILLIAMSPORT - The next meeting of the town's crime watch group will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday.




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