Love of Williamsport inspires council candidates

March 01, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

WILLIAMSPORT - Candidates for Williamsport Town Council say their love of the town spurred them to run for three seats in Monday's election.

Anthony "Tony" Drury, Jeffery "Jeff" Long and incumbent Town Councilmen James "Jim" Kalbfleisch and Earle R. Pereschuk Sr. are running for four-year terms on the town council, Town Clerk James Castle said Tuesday.

"In this day and age, I'd like to see the town be profitable, be prosperous. I'd like to see the people of the town feel good about the town, knowing that somebody's looking out for them, hopefully," said Kalbfleisch, who is finishing his 10th year as a councilman.

Longtime Councilwoman Gloria Bitner said before last week's filing deadline that she had no plans to run again.

Residents will cast their votes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall. Council members earn $2,500 a year, Castle said.


A broker and insurance agent, Drury, 41, said Tuesday he wants to find ways to emulate the success of towns like Boonsboro and Greencastle, Pa., that have strong business districts.

Drury said he is pleased with the direction the council and Mayor James G. McCleaf II are headed.

"My thing is I just want to collaborate with them, to continue the success that they've already achieved," Drury said.

Drury and Kalbfleisch said they want to take advantage of the possibilities for tourism offered by the town's rich history and access to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Kalbfleisch, the head of the town's electric committee, said he is committed to providing good service to residents.

Long, the assistant director of public works for the Town of Smithsburg, said he wants to pursue infrastructure upgrades. He said he served as supervisor for the Town of Williamsport from 1992 to 2005.

Long said he wants the Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies who work in Williamsport to be able do their jobs without interference.

"I've got some concerns with red-light running and that type of thing in the town of Williamsport," Long, 45, said Tuesday.

If the traffic problems are not addressed, Long warned, somebody could be hurt.

Like Long, Pereschuk said he wants 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, 54, said last week.

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

Town election supervisor C. Lee Butts Jr. said 1,459 people are registered to vote in Williamsport.

Town election

Williamsport residents may cast ballots in the town election Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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