Williamsport Town Council briefs

August 10, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Director of economic and community development talks about efforts to boost Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT -- Michael Sparks, the town's director of economic and community development, made a presentation at Monday's town council meeting on efforts to boost Williamsport.

He said the town has sought grants for bike lanes, banners, signs, building rehabilitation and more.

The town also is connecting merchants with C&O Canal National Historical Park visitors, planning and publicizing new events, and holding a workshop on energy efficiency, Sparks said.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said plans also are under way to improve parts of the C&O Canal park in Williamsport.

Washington County Sheriff's Dept. deputy responded to 233 complaints

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy assigned to Williamsport responded to 223 complaints in the town in July, according to a summary shared with the town council Monday.


Nine people were arrested, including two accused of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.

Seven citations and four warnings were issued. Eleven accidents were investigated.

The summary also says:

o One male was escorted out of the July 4 celebration at Byron Memorial Park.

o One vehicle was towed from North Artizan Street for having expired tags and being parked there for more than 48 hours.

o Someone was arrested at the Sheetz store July 16 on a charge of indecent exposure.

The summary was prepared by Deputy 1st Class Carl D. Witmer.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II, who read the summary aloud, said the town used to get that much activity out of two deputies, but now gets it from one deputy.

The town had two resident deputies through a contract with the sheriff's department, but cut back to one.

Relay-race participants will be allowed to use Byron Memorial Park

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport Town Council agreed Monday to let relay-race participants use Byron Memorial Park next month.

Ragnar Relay Washington DC is a 200-mile relay race from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C., according to a letter by Race Director Kent Phippen.

It will benefit Back on My Feet, a charity that helps homeless people.

Racers are expected in Williamsport on the night of Sept. 24 or early morning of Sept. 25, the letter says.

Town Council takes no action on request to forgive sewer charges

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport Town Council took no action Monday on a request to forgive sewer charges connected to a water leak.

Mike Schwab of SS Eagle Properties Inc. in Hagerstown made the request for the company's property at 5 N. Conococheague St.

The letter says a water heater broke and leaked water into the basement.

Schwab submitted copies of records showing two previous years of usage.

Councilman Timothy Fraker asked if the town had forgiven sewer charges in that way before.

Not for commercial property, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Local resident questions fee structure to rent park facilities

WILLIAMSPORT -- Local resident Walter Williams asked at Monday's town council meeting why the town charges residents and nonresidents the same to rent park facilities.

He said residents, who pay town taxes, should pay a lower fee.

The town had a tiered fee system, but changed it to a flat fee.

Councilwoman Joan Knode, who oversees the town's park operations, disagreed.

She said outsiders would ask residents to rent facilities on their behalf. Then, if the town needed to keep a deposit to pay for cleaning or damages, the resident would say he or she wasn't there and wasn't responsible, Knode said.

She said no one living in town has complained about the new flat fee.

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