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Williamsport Town Council briefs

February 10, 2009

Town employees urged not to take sides in upcoming election

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council member Earle Pereschuk said Monday night that people have told him town employees are telling residents for whom to vote in the March 2 municipal election.

Pereschuk said during a regular town council meeting he believes a notice should be drafted barring town employees from taking sides in the election.

Town attorney Edward Kuczynski said he reviewed the town's charter and did not see any rules that prohibit town employees from voicing an opinion about town elections.

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The town also has ordinances dealing with elections and there was nothing in the laws about employee actions regarding elections, Kuczynski said.

If election activity affects a town employee's work performance, that would be an issue to be dealt with between the worker and a supervisor, Kuczynski said.




Trash collection fee waived for March

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council members Monday night decided to waive the town's $10 trash collection fee for March.

The council decided not to charge the fee to give town residents a break in the tough economic times, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.




Tourism on the towpath interests town officials

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport officials are pushing ahead to capitalize on tourism business from the C&O Canal towpath.

There has been a heightened interest about tourism on the towpath since the trail was connected to the Great Allegheny Passage, a 10-foot-wide trail that runs from Cumberland, Md., to Pittsburgh.

Two women who have been involved in the Great Allegheny Passage appeared before the Williamsport Town Council on Dec. 8 to talk about how business has grown along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Towns along the C&O Canal can do assessments to determine what they need in order to take advantage of tourism on the now expanded trail, said Cathy McCollom, one of the women.

On Monday night, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said he wants to work with the town of Hancock to apply for a $100,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant.

If the towns get the grant, the money would be used to hire a coordinator to work on making the towpath and surrounding areas more attractive to tourists, like installing bicycle racks, McCleaf said.




Bid for pool work accepted

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council members on Monday night accepted a $56,900 bid from Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown to correct deteriorating conditions at the L. Beard Miller Pool in Byron Memorial Park.

The aging swimming pool has faced various deterioration problems, including cracking, and the repair work includes replacement of a concrete deck and a new masonry support wall, according to town officials and documents.

The work will be completed before Memorial Day, when the pool opens, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

- Dave McMillion

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