Williamsport briefs

March 15, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Sgt. Danfelt named Citizen of the Month

WILLIAMSPORT - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Eugene Danfelt was named Citizen of the Month at Monday's Williamsport Town Council meeting.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Danfelt, who is from Williamsport, is being promoted to staff sergeant and is being deployed to Iraq in the summer.

Danfelt also served with the Marines in Afghanistan.

The audience heartily applauded Danfelt at the meeting.

Health insurance costs to drop

WILLIAMSPORT - Health insurance costs will drop next year under a plan the Williamsport Town Council approved on Monday, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

McCleaf said the town has adopted a different program for its 10 employees.

Based on this year's rate, the savings would be about $58,000, he said.

New rates are expected to go into effect July 1.

McCleaf said each employee will have a debit card with money in an insurance account. Money in the account can carry over to the next year.


The town is paying the deductibles.

Resident deputy coverage explained

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies are on duty in Williamsport for about 60 percent of the 168 hours in a week, Maj. Randy Wilkinson told the Williamsport Town Council on Monday.

With three deputies, the maximum coverage is 120 hours, but that doesn't account for vacations and training, Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said he attended Monday's meeting and explained the coverage because of a concern that was raised.

Deputy Mike Palladino later told the council that he couldn't disclose who brought up the concern.

Parking change vote expected in April

WILLIAMSPORT - People who own and live in properties in town would get one free parking permit each under a plan supported by the Williamsport Town Council on Monday.

The idea first came from resident Anthony Drury.

People with parking permits wouldn't have to put money into meters outside their homes.

A person who owns property and lives there could buy a second permit for $50 a year. Renters would pay the same fee for each permit.

Councilman Nelson F. Deal said he wondered if letting so many tenants have permits to park in front of meters would hurt local businesses.

But Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said renters in the areas where the meters are tend to stay about two months before moving away.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski warned the council that the town might find itself in the middle of disputes about whether people actually live at the addresses they claim to have.

The council unanimously voted to have Kuczynski draft an ordinance that amends the current parking regulations.

The council is expected to vote on the change at its April meeting.

Pigeon device draws more of the birds

WILLIAMSPORT - The town is facing a pigeon problem, Mayor James F. McCleaf II said Monday.

Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones paid $300 for a device that emits noises that are supposed to scare them away.

However, the plan so far has backfired, as more pigeons are showing up, McCleaf said.

"Monty got the mating call," resident Walter Williams joked from the audience.

McCleaf said the setting on the device probably can be fixed.

Jones said after the meeting that he used money from his stipend as an elected official to buy the device. Every year, he gives back his stipend somehow, he said.

Cline secures funds for fireworks show

WILLIAMSPORT - Councilman Jeff Cline said Monday that he has secured $600 so far for this year's Fourth of July fireworks show.

He said he's trying to find a corporate sponsor to donate at least $5,000.

Last year, Cline organized a fundraising effort to make sure the fireworks show did not require any town money.

Town wants to sell GMC dump truck

WILLIAMSPORT - The town is trying to sell a used GMC dump truck to the highest bidder.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the truck won't pass inspection.

The town council will accept bids until April 10 at 4 p.m. and will review them at a council meeting.

Deputies respond to 273 calls in Feb.

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 273 calls in the town in February, according to a report submitted Monday.

The deputies arrested three adults and seven juveniles. They issued three speeding tickets and seven other traffic citations.

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