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December 14, 2010|DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Resident suggests buffer zone between commercial property, homeowner’s property

 WILLIAMSPORT — A Williamsport resident has proposed two zoning amendments to the town.

Carolyn Coakley Spinney of 14 N. Artisan St., suggested that a buffer zone of a minimum of 10 feet be required between all newly constructed commercial property and a homeowner’s property.

Spinney asked that the buffer zone be required to have rapid-growing, well-maintained trees and shrubs which are a minimum of 4 to 5 feet high when planted. Spinney also asked that a retaining wall be required between properties if elevations are uneven between properties.

Spinney asked that architecture of new commercial properties be consistent with the architecture of downtown Williamsport.

Spinney’s second suggested zoning amendment asks that residents be prohibited from placing household trash containers on public sidewalks except on the day of trash removal.

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Residents can suggest zoning amendments, which are submitted to town zoning officials to determine if they are realistic, Williamsport Town Council member Tearza Knode said.

Town Attorney Ed Kuczynski said Williamsport has laws regarding use of garbage cans, and Spinney’s zoning proposal on that issue is unnecessary.

Williamsport Christmas decorating contest winners announced

WILLIAMSPORT — Winners of the Williamsport Christmas decorating contest were announced at the Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night.

The contest began Dec. 5, when the town started its Charlie Brown Christmas celebration at Byron Memorial Park.

Judges rode around town in a bus to view homes and businesses, and 170 votes were cast, Town Councilmember Tearza Knode said.

Ron Eyler of 20 E. Potomac St. won first place for Best Overall House; Robert Scheidegger of 227 Maplehurst Ave. won second place; and George Stumbaugh and a neighbor, who are at 132 and 130 Vermont St., shared third place.

In the Best Entryway category, William Carrier of 215 Potomac St., won first place; Steve Lamberson of 200 A S. Artisan St., won second place; and Mike Staumbaugh of 28 N. Conococheague St., won third.

In the Best Business category, Rosemary’s Florist won first place; Odyssey Gifts won second; and Desert Rose Cafe took third.

More than 7,000 people attended Charlie Brown Christmas at the Springfield Farm Barn

WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport officials said more than 7,000 people came to the town’s second annual Charlie Brown Christmas at the Springfield Farm Barn in Byron Memorial Park this month.

In the event, discarded artificial Christmas trees are decorated and set up inside the barn. About 65 trees were set up for this year’s event, which was held Dec. 5, 11 and 12.

Although the event was free, visitors gave $980 in donations, Williamsport Town Council member Tearza Knode said during a town council meeting Monday night.

The town also sold 27 town ornaments, officials said.

Town officials were happy with the turnout and Mayor James G. McCleaf II said many people who came to the event had never been to the barn. Some of the visitors left and brought back other people to see the event, McCleaf said.

Council members give final approval to deal with Conococheague Little League

WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport Town Council members gave final approval Monday night to an agreement to allow the Conococheague Little League Inc. to have exclusive use of Ebersole Field, Billy Doub Field and Nelson F. Deal Field in Byron Memorial Park.

One reason an agreement was considered is because another party requested use of space in the baseball field area, officials said.

Under the proposed agreement, the Little League group would be the sole user of the fields and able to control their use.

Discarded Christmas trees to be picked up Jan. 14 and Jan. 21

WILLIAMSPORT — The town of Williamsport will pickup discarded live Christmas trees on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Town residents can leave their trees in front of their houses for pickup on those days, town officials said.

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