Williamsport Town Council briefs

April 13, 2011

WILLIAMSPORT — Washington County to raise sewage processing cost by 3.9 percent

Williamsport town officials have been informed by Washington County government officials that the county will raise the cost of processing Williamsport’s sewage by 3.9 percent.

Williamsport Town Council members, who talked about the increase during a regular council meeting Monday night, agreed to discuss the rate hike at a May 2 work session meeting at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.

The council plans to pass the rate increase on to town sewer customers, and the issue is expected to be on the council’s May 9 agenda.

Information on how customer bills would be affected was not immediately available.

Tree to be planted in memory of former town employee

A tree is to be planted at the Springfield Farm Barn on April 29 in memory of former town employee Bill Shank.

The ceremony was mentioned during a Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night when officials talked about Williamsport receiving a Tree City USA designation.

Shank died last year.

The tree being planted in memory of Shank will coincide with National Arbor Day, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Town library to be turned over to county system

The town of Williamsport is preparing to turn its library on Potomac Street over to the county library system, a move that Mayor James G. McCleaf II said will save the town about $25,000 a year.

The county library system has been helping the town with half of the library’s operating costs like heating, air conditioning and roof maintenance since at least 2008, Williamsport Clerk/Treasurer Donald Stotelmyer said.

Turning over the library at 104 E. Potomac Street has several benefits for the town, including the county library system’s better chance of getting grant funding, Stotelmyer said.

If the county no longer wants to run the library at some point, the building would be returned to the town, McCleaf said.

“It’s a no-brainer,” McCleaf said.

McCleaf said the town will have to draw up an agreement allowing the county library system to take over the library.

— Dave McMillion

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