Williamsport briefs

February 15, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Town hires Castle as grant writer

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council has hired Jim Castle as the town's grant writer.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II made the announcement Monday during the council's meeting at Town Hall.

At the meeting, Castle, who has worked with the City of Frederick, said he would investigate whether the town was eligible for loans and other state grants that would help the town alleviate its half-million-dollar debt.

Some voice concern about development

WILLIAMSPORT - Several residents voiced concern about two development plans, which combined could create nearly 1,000 housing units outside Williamsport.

The residents opposed a plan to build 137 town houses and another to build 967 units around the city, as it would overburden the region's roads and schools, resident Barbara Hovermill said during the meeting.


Hovermill said she urged the council to inform Washington County officials of their opposition to allowing the developers to build.

The county must first approve the developers' zoning requests before construction could begin.

Nye speaks out on hospital plans

WILLIAMSPORT - During Monday's Williamsport Town Council meeting, Hagerstown resident J. Michael Nye tried to explain how Williamsport residents would be affected if Washington County Hospital moved to Robinwood Drive.

Nye criticized the plans to relocate the hospital, calling the move dangerous, costly and unnecessary. He said he planned to make similar presentations to other organizations and government bodies throughout Washington County.

Nye is the coordinator of Citizens for Responsible Health Care, a citizens' group opposed to the hospital project. Members of the group have filed legal challenges to zoning variances the project received from Washington County.

Town sells 1986 car for $201

WILLIAMSPORT - The town sold a 20-year-old car for $201 to a Williamsport resident, the town council announced after reviewing two bids during its meeting Monday.

The car, which Mayor James G. McCleaf II said he thought was a 1986 Chevrolet Caprice, needed new tires and brakes. The windshield is cracked and the odometer is broken, McCleaf has said.

"We sold that thing as is, didn't we?" joked Councilman Nelson F. Deal during the meeting.

"I hope so," McCleaf said.

Planning to begin for parking permits

WILLIAMSPORT - A new parking permit program will alleviate concerns of residents living near parking meters, Williamsport Town Council members said during Monday's meeting.

The council voted 4-0 to start planning for a permit program available to the town's residents who live near the meters.

Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk was absent.

Several of the town's major streets have parking meters, many of them in residential areas.

Library plans lectureon town's founder

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Memorial Library has scheduled a lecture on General Otho Holland Williams for March 14, town officialssaid Monday at the town council meeting.

The event, part of the Robert McCauley Historical Lecture series, starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Reservations are not required.

General Otho Holland Williams was a Revolutionary War hero who founded Williamsport in the 1790s.

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