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Williamsport Town Council briefs

November 13, 2012

New electric meters can be read from inside truck

WILLIAMSPORT — New electric meters that emit radio signals will be installed at homes throughout Williamsport so the meter reader doesn’t even have to get out of the truck to read a residential meter, town officials said.

The town used a state grant to pay for water meters that emit radio signals more than two years ago, Town Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer said after Monday night’s Town Council meeting. The laptop reader that came with the water meters can be used with the new electric meters, he said.

The cost of the electric meters is covered by the portion of electric customers’ bills that pays for equipment upgrades so there is no additional cost for the meters, Stotelmyer said.

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No decision has been made yet on where in town the meter installations will begin, he said.

Town to remove sign prohibiting U-turns near post office

WILLIAMSPORT — A sign that prohibits U-turns near the Williamsport post office on West Salisbury Street will be removed.

The Williamsport Town Council voted 5-0 on Monday night to remove the sign because people were ignoring it and there was a lack of enforcement regarding violations.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer said town officials will see how the situation works without the sign.

Town Councilman Timothy Fraker was absent from Monday’s meeting.

Advantage Landscape gets mowing, snow-removal contract

WILLIAMSPORT — Advantage Landscape, the sole bidder for Williamsport’s mowing and snow-removal services, was awarded the one-year contract for those services during Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Town Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer said.

The total cost is $36,332, with monthly payments of $3,028, Stotelmyer said. The Hagerstown company will be paid that regardless of how much or how little snow there is this winter, Stotelmyer said after the meeting.

Advantage Landscape has provided those services for the town for at least the last two years. The new contract begins Dec. 1, Stotelmyer said.

Among the areas the mowing services cover are Byron Memorial Park, Riverbottom Park, Springfield Farm Barn, four sewage pumping stations, and the Md. 68 median in town, Stotelmyer said.

The contract was approved by a 5-0 vote. Town Councilman Timothy Fraker was absent from Monday’s meeting.

— Julie E. Greene

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