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Williamsport briefs

July 16, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Zoning board to hear request for new Sheetz



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to consider a developer's request for a special exception that would allow a new, larger Sheetz to be built across the street from the current one, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Bowman Development Corp. has proposed building the new Sheetz on the site of the former Red Barron furniture store at 38 E. Potomac St. and the neighboring house at 20 N. Artizan Street. Developers need the special exception to put gas tanks underground on the new site, McCleaf said.

In April, the Williamsport Town Council voted not to give up a portion of a public alley that runs through the site of the proposed Sheetz. Developers have said they would continue with the project anyway, building around the alley.




Council to hold hearing about office building



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council will hold a public hearing Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. on a proposed zoning text amendment that would allow the former Nabisco cookie distribution center property to be used as professional office space, Mayor James G. McCleaf said.

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The property, at 415 S. Conococheague St., was more recently used as the Red Barron furniture and bedding store, McCleaf said.




July Fourth events to be rescheduled



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II on Monday defended the town's decision to reschedule its Independence Day celebration for Aug. 20, explaining that July 5 was ruled out due to weather forecasts and other factors.

The celebration originally scheduled for July 4 in Byron Memorial Park was to include a 5K race, gymnastics demonstrations, live music, food and fireworks, but it was canceled due to rain, McCleaf said. McCleaf said he envisions some of those events being moved to Aug. 20 as a kickoff for Williamsport Days, but the details will be ironed out at a July 22 planning session. Officials are still deciding whether to reschedule the town picnic, which also is scheduled for Aug. 20, McCleaf said.




Council: Barn bats need to be removed



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted Monday to issue a request for proposals from contractors for bat-removal services at the Springfield Farm Barn.

The barn, owned by the town, has long been inhabited by bats, councilmembers said. The town is seeking a contractor who will remove the bats, clean up all existing waste and sanitize the premises, according to the request. A USO night celebration is scheduled in the barn Sept. 13.

The council also voted to issue a request for bids for this winter's snow removal contract.




Drury not happy with restoration progress



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Councilman Anthony T. Drury said Monday he is "very disappointed" and "frustrated" by the lack of progress in restoring the Springfield Farmhouse.

The contractor, B & G Restoration, had guaranteed the work would be completed in time to give tours of the property during Williamsport Days in August, Drury said. Based on the progress so far, there is no way the work will be completed by August, he said.

Williamsport town attorney Edward Kuczynski said he would meet with Drury to discuss the town's options in the matter. Generally in such situations, the course of action is to claim breach of contract by the contractor, seek a new contract, and seek damages for the difference, Kuczynski said.

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