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Williamsport briefs

May 11, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Town gets energy conservation grant



WILLIAMSPORT -- The town of Williamsport has received a $13,000 grant from the state to explore ways to conserve energy, Williamsport Town Council members said Monday night.

Possible programs the town could explore under the grant include energy-efficient traffic-control devices or an alternative fuel vehicle for town duties, council members said during a Williamsport Town Council meeting.

McCleaf apologizes for muddy conditions



WILLIAMSPORT -- Mayor James G. McCleaf II apologized Monday night for muddy conditions on Frederick Street where sewer lines are being replaced.

McCleaf said after a Williamsport Town Council meeting that conditions on the street are a "muddy mess" but council members said the situation is better than having to deal with other problems related to sewer lines.

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Town officials said previously that roots have grown into some sewer lines in town and sewage has backed up in homes.

Town officials previously said there were plans to replace sewer manhole covers and sewer lines on North Conococheague Street, East and West Frederick Street, the East Sunset Avenue area and a section of Byron Memorial Park.

Allied Waste Services to collect town's trash

WILLIAMSPORT -- Williamsport Town Council members on Monday night approved a low bid of $231,154 from Allied Waste Services for garbage collection in town.

The town's contract for garbage collection is about to expire, and council members chose from bids from Allied Waste, Pecks Refuse Disposal and Waste Management.

The bid from Pecks Refuse Disposal was $256,344 and the Waste Management bid was about $292,212, according to council members and city documents.

Williamsport property taxes likely to rise

WILLIAMSPORT -- Williamsport town officials said Monday night they likely will increase property taxes to offset declining revenues.

Town officials are considering a tax increase as they deal with dwindling state highway user revenue and the elimination of "tax differential" money from the county.

Tax differential money was funding that came from the county to help towns offset the cost of services like police departments and parks.

Council members could vote on a tax increase and the 2010-11 fiscal budget in mid-June, Assistant Mayor Anthony Drury said.

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