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Williamsport briefs

July 12, 2006

Town hires new auditing firm



WILLIAMSPORT - The town has decided to hire a new auditing firm.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday voted 5-0 to pick Draper & McGinley, which submitted the lower of two bids.

Draper & McGinley, which has an office in Hagerstown, bid $12,810 for the auditing work. It will audit the town's finances for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Teti & Carswell, which also has an office in Hagers-town, bid $14,800.

Teti & Carswell was the town's auditor for several years.

Sewer rate being raised by 4 percent



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council on Monday formally approved an increase in its sewer rates.

A memo from Washington County indicated that the county is raising its wholesale rate 3.8 percent.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the town rounded the increase to 4 percent and passed it on to its customers.

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The council did not change the water rate.

Concept for parking sticker plan OK'd



WILLIAMSPORT - A new parking system for town residents received the Williamsport Town Council's preliminary approval on Monday.

Residents would receive vehicle stickers that allow them to park in front of meters that are not specifically designated for use by businesses.

Each property owner would receive one free sticker. Each additional sticker would cost $50.

Renters could buy stickers for $100 apiece.

The town council voted 4-1 to conceptually approve the plan, which needs formal approval next month before it can start.

Councilman Jeff Cline voted "no." He said he doesn't oppose the idea, but he thinks the public should get more of a chance to comment on it first at a public meeting.

Most months, the town council holds a workshop session a week before its regular meeting, but there was no workshop meeting this month.

Council goes into executive session



WILLIAMSPORT - At the conclusion of Monday's meeting, the Williamsport Town Council voted 4-1 to go into executive session.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said the council should hold a closed session to discuss an agenda item listed as "trash collection contract - vote anticipated."

He said the discussion would be about "potential litigation."

Maryland's Open Meetings Act allows - but does not require - government bodies to meet privately for certain reasons, such as getting legal advice from an attorney.

As he often does, Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones voted "no" on the motion to go into executive session.

Independence Day events raise $19,000



WILLIAMSPORT - The final total of money raised for the town's July 4 fireworks celebration will be a little more than $19,000, Councilman Jeff Cline said Monday.

Cline said the event went well.

"Williamsport was shining that night," he said.

Deputies respond to 285 calls



WILLIAMSPORT - In June, the Washington County Sheriff's Department's community deputies responded to 285 calls in Williamsport, according to a summary shared at Monday's town council meeting.

Deputies arrested two adults and one juvenile.

They gave out 18 citations and 51 warnings, and investigated two accidents.

Pool party revenues rise significantly



WILLIAMSPORT - Revenue from pool parties at the town's pool has picked up considerably, Councilman Nelson F. Deal said Monday.

Deal, who oversees the pool's operations, said the town took in $20 from pool parties last year.

As of Monday, the town had taken in $2,400 in profit from pool parties this year, he said.

The town switched this year from Century Pool Management of Monrovia, Md., to the Hagerstown YMCA to run its pool.

Black named to housing board



WILLIAMSPORT - James Black on Monday was named as the town's representative to the Washington County Housing Authority Board.

A memo said the town was looking for Williamsport-area representatives to the board.

Black, a property manager and former Williamsport assistant mayor, was the only person to respond, according to the memo.

The Williamsport Town Council voted 5-0 in favor of Black's appointment.

- Andrew Schotz

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