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Williamsport briefs

June 09, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

Out-of-towners leaving garbage to be picked up



WILLIAMSPORT - A word to the wise to out-of-towners putting their trash out on Williamsport Streets: Officials have been noticing.

Former Williamsport Town Council member Earle R. Pereschuk told Mayor James G. McCleaf II and town council members Monday night that people from out of town have been bringing their garbage into town and putting it on streets to be picked up.

Town Clerk Donnie Stotlemyer acknowledged the problem and talked about how he took matters into his own hands.

Stotlemyer said he opened one of the bags of garbage and found a letter inside with a person's name on it.

Stotlemyer said he wrote the person a letter saying he would send the offender a bill for garbage pickup in town if the practice did not stop.

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The person has not left more trash in town, Stotlemyer said.

Farmers market to open at Springfield Barn



WILLIAMSPORT - A farmers market will begin outside the Historic Barn at the Springfield Farm on July 2, Williamsport Town Council member Joan E. Knode said during Monday night's regular town council meeting.

The farmers market will be held every Thursday from approximately 3:30 to 7 p.m., Knode said.

Merchants participating in the market along Springfield Lane are expecting to sell fruits, vegetables, flowers and dairy products, and cider in the fall, among other items, Knode said.

Council OKs 7 percent sewer hike for residents



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council members Monday night voted in favor of a 7 percent increase in sewer rates for town residents.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the city decided to go forward with the rate hike after Washington County, which processes the town's sewage, increased its processing charge to the town by 5 percent.

Council members are expected to vote on the rate increase again July 13. If it is passed, it will increase the monthly sewer bill for a family of three to four people by about $5.50 a month, McCleaf said.

$1.1 million budget approved by Council



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council members on Monday night passed a $1.1 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget does not contain any property tax increases and cuts about $96,000 in spending, said Mayor James G. McCleaf II.

- Dave McMillion

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