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Williamsport briefs

September 13, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Water rates might increase by 3.5 percent



WILLIAMSPORT - The town is considering raising its water rates by the same percentage that the City of Hagerstown is increasing what it charges the town.

The city will increase its rates to the town by 3.5 percent in October, according to a memo by James R. Castle, the town's clerk/treasurer.

The town would increase its rates to its customers by 3.5 percent, too.

According to the memo, in-town water customers would pay $5.66 per 1,000 gallons instead of $5.47. Out-of-town customers would pay $9.54 per 1,000 gallons, up from $9.22.

The town also is considering widening the gap in water and sewer rates between in-town customers and out-of-town customers.

Out-of-town water customers currently pay 69 percent more than in-town customers. Williamsport might raise the gap to 110 percent, matching the difference Hagerstown has in its rate structure.

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That would increase out-of-town water rates in Williamsport from $9.54 - after a 3.5-percent increase - to $11.89.

The sewer rate for out-of-town customers would rise from $11.82 per 1,000 gallons to $11.99.

The current in-town sewer rate is $5.71 per 1,000 gallons, according to the memo.

A public hearing on the proposed rate changes is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 6:45 p.m.




Resident deputies respond to 327 calls



WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 327 calls in Williamsport in August, according to a report discussed at Monday's town council meeting.

Deputies arrested four adults and three juveniles.

They issued 10 speeding tickets, one parking ticket and 25 other tickets.

They investigated four accidents, and charged one person with driving while intoxicated or under the influence.

The report said that more than 400 people took part in a National Night Out event in Williamsport.




Employees to receive confined-spaces training



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council on Monday unanimously approved guidelines for town employees who work in confined spaces.

Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk Sr., who oversees the town's water and sewer operations, said employees have to receive confined-spaces training.




Snow removal contract bids are being accepted



WILLIAMSPORT - Sealed bids seeking the town's snow removal contract for the coming winter will be accepted until Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m., the town council heard on Monday.

The town council is scheduled to approve a contract at its Oct. 9 meeting.




'Workcamp' group gets permission to use pool



WILLIAMSPORT - A group of young adults in a "workcamp" in Williamsport next summer may use the town's pool at no charge for one evening, the town council decided Monday.

The Group Workcamps Foundation, a religious-based organization, is holding the Antietam Workcamp in July 2007, according to a memo by James R. Castle, the town's clerk/treasurer.

"Workers work daily during the camp performing tasks such as painting, building/rebuilding porches, installing wheelchair ramps, building/repairing steps and weatherization projects," according to the memo. "The Antietam Workcamp will be headquartered in Williamsport and will repair 70 homes in 7 days in Washington County."




Town buys half-page ad in high school yearbook



WILLIAMSPORT - The town will buy a half-page ad in the 2006-07 Williamsport High School yearbook.

Clerk/Treasurer James R. Castle said the town bought an ad the same size last year.

The ad will cost $165.




Park's soccer field will be used for fundraiser



WILLIAMSPORT - The Humane Society of Washington County received the town council's unanimous approval on Monday to use the River Bottom Park soccer field for the Canines on the Canal fundraiser on Oct. 14.




Playground project costs increase by $14,000



WILLIAMSPORT - The expected cost of a proposed playground project has increased from $60,000 to $74,000, Councilman Jeff Cline said Monday.

Cline said the state's Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote Sept. 20 on releasing $60,000 in state money for the project.

Now that the cost estimate has gone up, Cline is trying to raise the remaining $14,000. He said Monday that he has raised $8,600.




Plans to upgrade sewer, water systems submitted



WILLIAMSPORT - Eight firms have submitted recommendations on how the town should upgrade its sewer and water systems, Councilman Earle S. Pereschuk Sr. said Monday.

After deciding on a plan and figuring out how much money is available, the town will put the project out to bid, Pereschuk said.




Trick-or-treating scheduled for Oct. 31



WILLIAMSPORT - Trick-or-treating in Williamsport will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Town council members noted that other towns and the City of Hagerstown already picked Oct. 31.

In the past, Washington County municipalities often picked a day other than Halloween for trick-or-treating.

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