Williamsport Town Council briefs

July 12, 2011

Electronic devices  read water meters

WILLIAMSPORT — Technology is saving time in measuring utility usage in Williamsport.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the town has been using electronic devices that read water meters from a distance.

A town employee can drive by and gauge water usage electronically, cutting the time it takes to collect readings from a week to about half a day, he said.

The town hopes to get handheld machines that measure electricity usage the same way. The water and electricity measurements could be compiled at the same time, McCleaf said.

Town Council votes to borrow money for sewer project

WILLIAMSPORT —  The Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to borrow money from SunTrust Bank for a sewer project.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the town can borrow up to $1.6 million to put in four new pump stations.

SunTrust was the only bank that would let the town borrow a portion of the money at a time and only pay interest on that portion, McCleaf said after the meeting.

The town will get a variable rate that currently works out to 1.15 percent.

McCleaf said the town preferred to use a local bank, but M&T Bank couldn't offer a deal that was as good.

Susquehanna Bank also was considered, but not chosen, according to a chart comparing the three banks.

McCleaf said other banks wanted to require the town to borrow the full $1.6 million and pay interest on it, but the town isn't likely to need the full amount.

The USDA will cover the $1.6 million cost of the project after it is finished, McCleaf said.

Work started last week and is expected to take about 10 months to complete, he said.

Boys & Girls Club to continue work in community
WILLIAMSPORT — The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County has received funding to continue serving youths in Williamsport, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Monday night at a town council meeting.

McCleaf said the club serves an average of 25 to 30 young people a day in the town during a summer program.

The club received a $125,000 Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families grant last year to work with youths in Williamsport, Cascade and Hancock.

The same amount has been secured for the same three towns for another year, Matt Krantz, the club's rural outreach director, said Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputy responds to 210 complaints in June
WILLIAMSPORT — In June, a Washington County sheriff's deputy responded to 210 complaints and arrested one person in Williamsport, according to a report shared with the town council Monday night.

The deputy issued 11 traffic citations and five warnings and investigated three accidents.

Williamsport contracts with the Washington County Sheriff's Office to have a resident deputy in the town.

Town Council denies man's request to sell ice cream
WILLIAMSPORT — The town council Monday night said no to a man who asked about selling ice cream from a truck.

In a letter to Mayor James G. McCleaf II, Les Milburn of Hagerstown wrote that he noticed that an ice-cream trailer was no longer at Byron Memorial Park.

"I have a portable Ice Cream truck that would serve that area very well and would be very interested in working something out with the town, if possible to serve this area," Milburn wrote.

He wrote that he has health department permits and inspections and that he trades as Pappy's Ice Cream.

McCleaf told the council he opposed the idea.

Councilwoman Maya Haines agreed with the mayor, saying Milburn's truck would compete with an existing ice cream shop on Conococheague Street.

Town to make deposit on 2012 fireworks
WILLIAMSPORT — The town has agreed to make a deposit on its July Fourth fireworks in 2012.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the total cost for fireworks will be about $9,500, for the same package the town has had the last few years.

The town council voted unanimously Monday night in favor of the expense.

— Andrew Schotz

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