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Williamsport briefs

March 15, 2011

Town receives grant for Town Hall work

WILLIAMSPORT - The town of Williamsport has received a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant to make Town Hall at 2 N. Conococheague St. more handicapped-accessible, town officials said Monday night during a Williamsport Town Council meeting.

The money will be used to make improvements like widening the entrance to the building to allow for easier access for handicapped individuals, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

The work also will include a chair lift to give handicapped individuals better access to town council chambers, McCleaf said.


Sign directs canal visitors to town

WILLIAMSPORT - A sign has been placed along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Williamsport to help park users become familiar with the town, town officials said Monday night during a Williamsport Town Council meeting.

The sign features a map of Williamsport and a list of downtown businesses, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

There is a similar sign for Byron Memorial Park, McCleaf said.

Williamsport officials, like officials in other towns along the C&O Canal in the Tri-State area, have been working to attract tourists into their towns in an attempt to boost business.



Town plans new website

WILLIAMSPORT - The town of Williamsport is planning to launch a new website, town officials said Monday night at a Williamsport Town Council meeting.

The website will offer the same information as the current site, but also will include a list of town businesses and a map of the town, said Michael Sparks, Williamsport's director of economic and community development.

Town laws also might be listed on the site, which might be running by early May, Sparks said.



Council approves election results

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Town Council members on Monday night approved the results of the March 7 municipal election for three seats on the council.

William G. Green was the highest vote-getter in the election with 93 votes.

Incumbent council member James Kalbfleisch captured 82 votes, and Maya Haines received 71 votes.

Council member Tearza Knode lost in her re-election bid, collecting 68 votes. Candidate Jeffrey A. Redding also received 68 votes. Nicholas T. Russell garnered 60 votes.

Council member Larry Jessop did not seek re-election.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II on Monday presented Jessop with a certificate of appreciation thanking him for his work on the council.

- Dave McMillion

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