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Williamsport briefs

April 11, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Sheriff's department gives monthly report



WILLIAMSPORT - There were 171 complaints in Williamsport in March, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

There were eight arrests, including two juvenile arrests, according to the report received at Monday's town meeting.

Eleven speeding citations were issued, four other citations were issued and deputies gave nine warnings. Two accidents were investigated, according to the report.

Three people were arrested for possessing a large amount of marijuana and cocaine, along with a handgun, deputies said in the report. Two juveniles were arrested for theft and malicious destruction of property at Williamsport High School.

A burglary at Murray's service station resulted in two arrest warrants and six criminal charges, according to the report.




Pool could offer prepackaged food



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Councilman Nelson F. Deal said the town's pool at Byron Memorial Park could serve some prepackaged food.

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Deal said officials are examining the pool's budget, and are considering purchasing a microwave. The issue will be discussed during a meeting this week.




Donations received for basketball hoops



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Moose Lodge has donated $100 for the town to purchase basketball hoops for Byron Memorial Park, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said during Monday's town meeting.

A local business has matched that amount, and there have been two other pledges of matching funds. Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said the basketball equipment will cost about $1,000.




Bank donates money for July 4 activities



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Councilman Jeffrey A. Cline said M&T Bank donated $2,500 for the town's Independence Day activities, making the company the primary sponsor.

The event will include fireworks, a 5K race, a pancake breakfast and other activities, he said.




Town votes to notallow camping at park



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night not to allow preplanned camping at Byron Memorial Park.

The decision was in response to a request for a group of 500 to camp at the town park. Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said the park could not accommodate a group that large for camping.

"I don't think it's such a good idea," Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

McCleaf said town officials will recommend other sites to that group and others who might request to camp at Byron Memorial Park.

"That's supposed to be a community park, not a campground," Councilman Earle Pereschuk Sr. said.

Town council did discuss some possible allowances for scouting groups.




Town to receive bids for tenant house work



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to request bids for work to the Springfield Farm Tenant House.

The house was damaged in a fire in August 2006. The Tenant House committee recommended requesting bids from contractors to rebuild the structure to its condition before the fire, Town Clerk James R. Castle said.




Trash collection bids to be requested



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to request bids for trash collection.

The town's current trash collection contract will expire June 30, 2007.




Water/sewer rate public hearing set



WILLIAMSPORT - A public hearing on increased water/sewer rates will be held May 14 at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall.

Town Council voted unanimously Monday to hold the hearing.

Washington County officials notified Williamsport officials that the county intends to increase the sewer wholesale rate 5 percent, Town Clerk James R. Castle said. He said there is a recommendation to increase water rates 2.5 percent and reserve that money to offset an increase by the City of Hagerstown, which usually are in 3.5 percent increments.

A public hearing will be held that same day at 6:30 p.m. on a requested zoning map amendment for the Murray properties on South Artizan Street and Sunset Avenue. That hearing also will be at Town Hall.




Williamsport DaysBike Race scheduled



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Days Bike Race will be held Aug. 19.

Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to hold the race through town.

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