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Councilwoman won't seek re-election

February 23, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

WILLIAMSPORT - Three people, including two incumbents, have filed to run for three seats on the Williamsport Town Council, Town Clerk James Castle said Thursday.

Anthony Drury and Town Councilmen Earle R. Pereschuk Sr. and James C. Kalbfleisch filed to run for four-year terms on the Town Council, Castle said. Longtime Councilwoman Gloria Bitner said she has no plans to run again.

Williamsport residents who are registered to vote have until 5 p.m. today to file for candidacy. Voters will make their selections from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5 at Town Hall.

Pereschuk said he served on the council from 1995 to 2001. His most recent stint began in 2003.

On Thursday, Pereschuk, 54, said he hoped to continue to pursue a project to upgrade the town's sewer-treatment services.

"When we have a rainy season, sometimes our treatment of sewer doubles, and we need to get that corrected," Pereschuk said.

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A year-old analysis of the system estimated the upgrades would cost $5 million, said Pereschuk, who wants to seek grants to offset the cost.

An employee of the Washington County Buildings, Grounds & Parks department, Pereschuk said he also wants the town to consider annexations and ordinances that would compel absentee landlords to clean up their properties.

Town elections are staggered, Castle said.

After 14 years on the Town Council, Bitner said she is scaling back and preparing for retirement. She said she wants to spend time with family.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working on the council, but I just think it's my time to set back," said Bitner, 61.

Neither Kalbfleisch nor Drury returned phone calls Thursday.

Town Council members earn $2,500 a year, Castle said.

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