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Williamsport briefs

June 14, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Council concerned about depot project



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's mayor and members of the Town Council said Monday they were not notified by the Washington County Board of Education of its intention to place a bus depot at a high school parking lot across from Williamsport Elementary School.

Construction of a large fence for the bus depot stopped after the board was told a permit was required.

"This is a problem," Mayor James G. McCleaf II said. "I don't think we should allow that to happen."

The town's zoning board would be the body that would approve or deny the request to use the property for a bus depot.

The Town Council and residents' concerns included traffic and safety.

"It is quite uncanny that they thought they would put something of that magnitude in that area," Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said. "It just won't work. There's just not room for it."

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Housing Authority wants representative



WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Housing Authority would like a Williamsport resident to serve on its board.

Anyone interested may contact Town Hall at 301-223-7711.




Town to be included in Legacy Program



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to be included in the Community Legacy Program.

The program will make the town eligible for certain types of grant money, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.




Mayor says town's finances in order



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II said at Monday's Town Council meeting that the town's finances are in order.

At the end of this fiscal year, the town should have a surplus, he said.

"We've had a great financial year," he said. "A lot of people said we couldn't turn it around in a year, but we did."

He said exact numbers will be known after the end of the fiscal year and after a town audit. The council discussed two bids received for companies interested in performing the town's audit.

One of the bids was for about $14,800. The other was for about $12,810. the council will review the bids.




Town OKs budget



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the budget for the 2006-07 fiscal year.

A public hearing held before the meeting drew no opposition.




Student receives scholarship



WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport High School student will receive a $500 Ruby Seymour Scholarship.

Williamsport's Town Council voted unanimously during Monday night's meeting to award the scholarship to Alisha Eberhart.

Eberhart has been active in the community, and has an impressive scholastic record, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Eberhart also received a community service award at the meeting.




Little League receives award



WILLIAMSPORT - The Conococheague Little League received a community service award at Monday night's town meeting.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the league received the award for its work with the recent Fishing Rodeo. About 300 children participated and received awards.




Street sweeping discussed



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Town Council said Monday it might look into hiring a company to sweep the town's streets.

The town's street-sweeping machine, which has been in use for about 10 years, needs to be replaced, town council said.

Because of the cost of a new machine and the labor to operate it, the town might hire a company to sweep the streets.

If that is done, the streets likely will continue to be swept twice each month, town council said.

"Instead of spending $70,000 on a new truck, (plus salary and other costs), we may look at another avenue," said Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones.




Two public hearings scheduled



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Town Council will hold a public hearing July 10 at 6:45 p.m. to discuss "abandoning" its rights to an alley at 109 W. Potomac St.

The issue will be discussed at the residents' request, Town Council said. Council also discussed possible costs associated with the action and the possibility of passing on those costs to the residents who requested the change.

A second public hearing will be held on the same day and time concerning an increase in the town's sewer rate. Effective July 1 the wholesale rate per 1,000 gallons of sewage will be increased from $4.20 to $4.36, according to a letter the town received from Washington County.




Housing Authority wants representative



WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Housing Authority would like a Williamsport resident to serve on its board.

Anyone interested may contact Town Hall at 301-223-7711.




Town votes on Legacy Program



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to be included in the Community Legacy Program.

The program will make the town eligible for certain types of grant money, said Mayor James G. McCleaf II.




Residents, council concerned about bus depot



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Mayor and members of the Town Council said Monday they were not notified by the Washington County Board of Education of its intention to place a bus depot at a high school parking lot across from Williamsport Elementary School.

Construction of a large fence for the bus depot stopped after the board was told a permit was required.

"This is a problem," said Mayor James G. McCleaf II. "I don't think we should allow that to happen."

The town's zoning board would be the body that would approve or deny the request to use the property for a bus depot.

The Town Council and residents' concerns included traffic and safety.

"It is quite uncanny that they thought they would put something of that magnitude in that area," said Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones. "It just won't work. There's just not room for it."

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