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Williamsport Town Council briefs

October 13, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

No comments on water rate hike



WILLIAMSPORT - There were no citizen comments Monday night at a public hearing on the Town of Williamsport's proposal to raise water rates 5 percent.

The increase is being proposed because the town buys its water from the City of Hagerstown, which voted last month to increase its water rates effective Nov. 1, Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf said.

The increase in the city's rate will be 4.4 percent, but McCleaf suggested rounding up to 5 percent to help the town's water and sewer fund, which has long been losing money, he said.

The 5 percent increase would raise the rate for customers within Williamsport town limits from $5.80 per 1,000 gallons used to $6.09 per 1,000 gallons used, and the rate for Williamsport customers outside town limits from $9.20 per 1,000 gallons used to $9.66 per 1,000 gallons used.

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The Williamsport Town Council is scheduled to vote on the increase at its Nov. 9 meeting.

Council OKs extension of electricity contract



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted Oct. 8 at an emergency meeting to accept a two-year extension to its power agreement with Allegheny Energy Supply, which provides electricity for the town, according to meeting minutes.

Allegheny Energy Supply offered a 10 percent discount to the town in return for extending the contract instead of rebidding it, Councilman James Kalbfleisch said.

That discount will take effect June 1, 2011, Kalbfleisch said. It will save users an average of 8 percent to 9 percent on their electric bills each month and will save the town about $153,000 per year, he said.

Residents sought for code enforcement



WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport is seeking town residents to serve on a new Code Enforcement Committee, which will work to recommend ways to bring the town's codes and ordinances up to date, Councilwoman Tearza Knode said.

The new committee will meet Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m., Knode said.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee may call Knode at 301-223-4048.

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