Four percent town budget hike proposed
WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport budget would increase about 4 percent in the next fiscal year, under a proposal Mayor James G. McCleaf II has distributed to the town council.
Last year, the Williamsport Town Council approved a $3.76 million budget for fiscal 2011, a 5 percent cut in spending from the previous year.
The budget total includes the general fund, the electricity fund and the water and sewer fund.
The total budget proposed for fiscal 2012, which starts July 1, is $3.91 million.
The general fund would rise about 15 percent, from $1.04 million to $1.20 million, according to the budget proposal, while the electricity fund and the water and sewer fund would decrease.
McCleaf said the proposed budget is subject to change, as council members review it.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall to be more accessible to disabled
WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Town Council agreed Monday to award a $36,975 contract to A.V. Rauth & Sons Inc. of Hagerstown to make Town Hall more accessible to people with disabilities.
The project includes expanding the landing in front of Town Hall, installing an automatic door opener and adding a chairlift to help those who need it get to the council chamber, a new water fountain and mirrors in the main-floor restrooms.
Clerk/Treasurer Donald Stotelmyer said the chairlift can hold up to 450 pounds.
Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the town is paying for the contract using a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant.
One company put in a bid only to install the water fountain, but A.V. Rauth & Sons was the only company to bid on the entire project, Stotelmyer said Tuesday.
Sheriff's office responds to 86 town calls
WILLIAMSPORT — The Washington County Sheriff's Office's community deputy responded to 86 calls in Williamsport in April, according to a report shared at a town council meeting Monday night.
One adult was arrested. Four citations were issued, along with 11 warnings and 16 parking citations.
The report, submitted by Deputy 1st Class Carl D. Witmer, said the monthly statistics are low because he had six days of training outside the county or time off.
Town Neighorhood Watch revival sought
WILLIAMSPORT — Assistant Mayor Anthony T. Drury said Monday he'd work with anyone interested in reviving the town's Neighborhood Watch, which hasn't met in at least two years.
He encouraged prospective volunteers to call him at 301-730-2229.
— Andrew Schotz