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Williamsport briefs

April 17, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Request for auditing contract bid defeated

Councilman Jeff Cline's request to put an auditing contract out to bid was defeated Monday.

Cline proposed soliciting bids as the council heard that Draper & McGinley's auditing fee was going up 5 percent, to an estimated $15,225.

The company wrote to Mayor James G. McCleaf II that the increase was "directly attributable to changes in auditing standards which are effective for this fiscal year. ..."

Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said the increase was reasonable.

"Five percent's nothing," he said.

Cline and Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk Sr. voted in favor of going to bid, but Jones, Councilman Anthony T. Drury, Councilman James C. Kalbfleisch and Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner voted no.

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Town to be 'a mess'

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Monday the town will be "a mess" while the State Highway Administration works on the intersection of Potomac and Artizan streets next month.

Starting in mid-May, SHA will be replacing the traffic light, spokesman David Buck said Tuesday.

It will be a wholesale change of mast arms, poles and wiring, he said.

Incandescent lights will be replaced with longer-life LED lights.

A countdown signal, letting pedestrians know how long before the light changes, will be added. Blind pedestrians will be able to press a button to get recorded messages of when the light will change.

Buck said the SHA will try to ensure "minimal impact" on traffic during the roughly two months the work is under way.

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