Williamsport briefs

September 12, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Town eyes purchase of ambulance building

WILLIAMSPORT - The town is considering buying the vacant ambulance building in Williamsport.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II confirmed the town's interest during Monday's council meeting.

Afterward, McCleaf said the town is looking for a new home for its public works department, which currently uses a building with no sewer service.

"We need a new town garage," Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said.

Jones said that buying a building would save the town from renting a bathroom and parking spaces.

The town's fire department and ambulance squad merged several months ago. They operate out of the fire station.

Jones said the ambulance company contacted the town about the building before putting it on the market.

During the meeting, town resident Charles Brown spoke out against buying the building, calling it an unwise investment.

"There's been no serious discussion," McCleaf said.

He tried to get the town council to discuss the possible purchase in an executive session.


However, Councilman Jeff Cline objected on the grounds that Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk Sr., who was absent, wanted the discussion to wait until he was back.

No one made a motion to hold the executive session.

Humane Society will get to use canal park

WILLIAMSPORT - The Humane Society of Washington County will be allowed to use River Bottom Park in Williamsport on Oct. 13 for its annual Canines on the Canal fundraiser.

The town council approved the Humane Society's request on Monday.

In a letter to the town, Paul Miller, the Humane Society's executive director, said his organization already had the National Park Service's approval to use the Cushwa Basin of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Sheriff's Department responds to 299 calls

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 299 calls in Williamsport in August, according to a report distributed on Monday.

Deputies arrested four adults, the report says.

They issued 27 speeding tickets, four other tickets and 22 warnings.

They charged one person with driving while intoxicated or under the influence and investigated 10 accidents.

Town pool clears profit of $6,359.21

WILLIAMSPORT - The town's pool in Byron Memorial Park took in $93,255.27 and made a net profit of $6,359.21, Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday.

She said there are still several bills to pay, though.

Included in those figures were the concession stand the town added this year. It took in $18,005.33 and made a profit of $4,826.56, according to an income statement about the pool.

Trick-or-treating scheduled for Oct. 31

WILLIAMSPORT - The town council agreed on Monday to allow trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.

Other municipalities in Washington County have picked the same day.

Firm says it will cost $10,000 to make Town Hall accessible

WILLIAMSPORT - Thrasher Engineering and Gustafson & Associates said it will cost $10,000 for them to work on a plan to make Williamsport Town Hall handicapped accessible.

That covers schematic designs, design development, a contract document, bidding and negotiating, and construction administration, the written estimate says.

Town Clerk/Treasurer James R. Castle noted that construction costs are not included.

Town seeks bids for park mini-pavilions

WILLIAMSPORT - The town is seeking bids for eight mini-pavilions to be constructed at Byron Memorial Park.

Two mini-pavilions will be 16-feet-by-20-feet and six will be 12-feet-by-12-feet.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said the town should specify locations so the bids can include the cost of excavating work.

Drury suggests group for business owners

WILLIAMSPORT - Councilman Anthony T. Drury said Monday that he'd like the town to have a business owners' group that could share its concerns with Town Hall.

He said he heard from a lot of "disgruntled" business people while getting feedback about a parking-meter plan.

The town can't please everyone, Drury said, but town officials should at least listen to comments.

Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said he also talked to business owners and found that there's a wide variety of opinions. One person will favor 30-minute meters; the next one won't. One will like having a street sweeper; the next one won't.

Jones said he used to own two local businesses, so he understands the "battle" they face in trying to survive.

When GST AutoLeather, formerly known as Garden State Tanning, closed its Williamsport plant, that hurt other local businesses, Jones said.

"These businesses are struggling because they don't have the traffic they once did," he said.

He also noted that more property owners are turning commercial buildings into residential buildings.

"Somehow, it's gotten out of balance and it's gotta stop," he said.

Planning and zoning board gets appointee

WILLIAMSPORT - Charles Jerry Stumbaugh was appointed to the town's planning and zoning board on Monday.

The Williamsport Town Council unanimously approved the appointment.

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