Williamsport briefs

October 09, 2007

Garden club hopes to landscape area near tenant house

WILLIAMSPORT ? Mayor James G. McCleaf II and members of the Williamsport Town Council decided Monday that they will meet Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Springfield Farm tenant house.

There, town officials will walk the property with members of the local garden club, which wants to landscape the area.

Asked if it would be an open meeting, McCleaf said it would.

Maryland's Open Meetings Act requires government bodies to make their meetings open to the public when they convene, with limited exceptions.

Contract awarded for minipavilions

WILLIAMSPORT ? The town council agreed on Monday to award a contract for minipavilions in Byron Memorial Park to Playground Specialists Inc. of Emmitsburg, Md.

Playground Specialists' bid of $57,770 was the lowest of 11 bids, according to a packet of copies of the proposals.

The second-lowest was a $63,000 bid by Excel Contractors Inc. of Williamsport.


The highest bid ? $97,700 ? was submitted by Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown.

The project involves putting in eight minipavilions. Two would be 16 feet by 20 feet and six would be 12 fee by 12 feet.

At last month's meeting, Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said the town should specify locations for the minipavilions so the bids can include the cost of excavating work.

On Monday, Councilman Jeff Cline said he wasn't satisfied with the final plan. He wanted at least two pavilions moved to locations that would make them accessible to people with disabilities.

Kuczynski cautioned the council that altering the project could change the price and force the bidding process to start over.

Council members agreed to award the contract to Playground Specialists as long as the project cost doesn't change if two minipavilions are moved.

Snow removal work to be put out to bid

WILLIAMSPORT ? The town council agreed on Monday to put its snow-removal work out to bid.

The town council unanimously agreed to seek bids based on the hourly rental rate of equipment, including the cost of the operator and fuel.

Bids will be accepted until Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Fireworks firm to continue shows

WILLIAMSPORT ? Schaefer Fireworks of Ronks, Pa., will continue its July 4 fireworks shows in Williamsport in 2008.

The display will cost $9,098.25, according to a letter from the company to the town.

On Monday, the town council agreed to put down a deposit of 50 percent, or about $4,500, to reserve next year's show.

Councilman Jeff Cline said the money will be taken from the fireworks fund, which currently has $6,975.30.

The town relies on private fundraising to pay for its fireworks shows.

Aleshire says he will attend town meetings

WILLIAMSPORT ? Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire expects to attend numerous town meetings in the county while he's in office, according to a letter distributed to Williamsport's mayor and town council.

In his letter, which was mentioned at Monday's town council meeting, Aleshire says he plans to go to the monthly council meetings in Funkstown, Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Keedysville, Hancock, Smithsburg, Williamsport and Clear Spring.

However, he adds, "please understand that there may be times when I may miss one of these proposed dates," he wrote.

Aleshire wrote that he wants to report local concerns back to the other Washington County Commissioners and reiterated his belief that the county should have a council of governments.

Deputies responded to 203 calls in Sept.

WILLIAMSPORT ? The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 203 calls in Williamsport in September, according to a report read aloud Monday to the mayor and town council.

Deputies arrested four adults and three juveniles.

They issued 16 speeding tickets and 11 other citations.

On Sept. 26, a deputy stopped a vehicle that was reported stolen in South Carolina and arrested the driver, the written report says.

Byron Park pool earned $4,782 profit

WILLIAMSPORT ? The town's pool at Byron Memorial Park took in $92,748.19 this year and had $87,965.40 in expenses, for a profit of $4,782.79, Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner said Monday.

Bitner, who oversees the town's pool operation, said there is still a water bill to pay, so the profit will go down.

150 requests to use pavilions received

WILLIAMSPORT ? This year, there were 150 requests to use the three pavilions at Byron Memorial Park, Councilman Anthony T. Drury said Monday.

In addition, there were 17 requests to use the gazebo and 100 requests for the community building, said Drury, who oversees use of the town's buildings.

? Andrew Schotz

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