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Williamsport briefs

October 11, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Council transfers funds for park project



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council on Monday night passed a budget amendment transferring $1,400 from funds earmarked for employee benefits to capital improvements at the park.

James Castle, the town clerk, said the transfer would not negatively affect town employees' benefits because the money would come out of contingency funds.

The $1,400 from the town, combined with a $60,000 Community Parks and Playgrounds grant from the Department of Natural Resources and $13,100 from private donations will allow for Phase I of a playground near Pavilion 2 in Byron Memorial Park, said Councilman Jeff Cline.




Council accepts bid for snow removal



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council accepted a bid Monday night from Advantage Landscape and Construction Inc. for snow removal this winter.

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Assistant Mayor Monty Jones recommended Advantage to the town council after reviewing bids.

Advantage charges hourly rates of $62 to $73, depending on what equipment it uses to remove snow.




Williamsport Days event shows profit



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Days made $4,379 in profit, officials said at the Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night.

In addition, $2,505 has been collected to fund Williamsport Days next year.

The Williamsport Days committee recommended that the town council use $2,000 to fund Christmas lighting for the city and $1,000 to improve the sound system in the park.

The town council approved that use of funds.




Engineer OK'd for water, sewer projects



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted Monday to approve Thrasher Engineering as the engineer of record for the town's water and sewer upgrade projects.




Formation of EDC panel considered



WILLIAMSPORT - With the mayor's approval, Williamsport Town Councilman Jeff Cline is studying the possibility of forming an economic development commission in an effort to revitalize downtown Williamsport, Cline said at the town council meeting Monday night.

"We need more in downtown," said Cline. Currently, there are nine empty storefronts downtown, he said.




Audit report slated for Oct. 16



WILLIAMSPORT - The Town of Williamsport will have a public audit report Monday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in town hall, officials said at the town council meeting Monday night.




Council approves water rate increases



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted at its Monday night meeting to raise its water rates by the same percentage that the City of Hagerstown plans to increase its rates.

As a result, water rates for in-town residents are being increased by 3.5 percent.

At the same time, the town raised rates for out-of-town residents to 110 percent of what in-town residents pay.

That means that out-of-town residents will be charged $11.89 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Sewer rates for out-of-town residents were also increased to 110 percent of the charge for in-town residents, bringing that cost to $11.99 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Out-of-town residents have been paying 69 percent of the price that in-town residents pay.

The out-of-town rates affect approximately 110 residences, according to town officials.

No members of the public spoke during the public hearing on the water and sewer rates, which was held just before the town council meeting Monday.




Parking program resolution approved



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted at its meeting Monday night to approve a parking program resolution.

Residents who live in an area where there are parking meters will need to obtain permits. Those permits will allow them to park at designated meters without paying the meter fee, according to James Castle, town clerk.

Those town residents who own real estate, reside in the town and are up to date on real estate tax payments each will receive one free permit, Castle said.

During the current fiscal year, the cost of the permits is $35. Next year, permits will cost $50.

Permits are good for the fiscal year, Castle said.




Female athlete nominations sought



WILLIAMSPORT - The committee for the annual Williamsport Girls and Women in Sports Day is seeking nominations for a favorite female athlete who currently attends or attended Williamsport-area schools.

Nominations of these girls and women must be made by Nov. 1.

Each nomination should include the person's name and the sports in which they participate or participated.

Nominations of female athletes may be made online at gwsdw.org. In addition, nomination forms may be obtained at Williamsport High School, Williamsport Elementary School, Fountain Rock Elementary School or the Cutting Lane in Williamsport.




Basket bingo will benefit fire company



WILLIAMSPORT - A basket bingo to benefit the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. will be held Sunday, Oct. 22, at the fire hall on Brandy Drive.

Doors open at 11a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m.

The cost is $15 for six cards with 30 games. Extra cards will be available for purchase.

Among the items to be raffled will be a coastal tote basket, a work around basket, a housekeeper basket and a woven pitcher basket.

The junior firefighters will have food and drinks available for purchase.

For more information, call 301-223-8554.

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