Williamsport briefs

December 10, 2012

Town council purchasing loader backhoe

WILLIAMSPORT — The town has agreed to buy a loader backhoe through a bidding process.

The town received three bids, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

The town council voted on Monday to pick Vernon E. Stup Co., which has offices in Frederick, Md., and Winchester, Va. The company offered a 2007 Case 580SM loader backhoe with 916 hours of use for $54,900, according to a sales quote.

Folcomer Equipment Corp., which has a local office in Frederick, offered a 2005 loader backhoe with 3,420 hours for $54,500. It allowed a $9,500 trade-in discount, leaving a net cost to the town of $45,000.

Lawrence Equipment, which has offices in Virginia, offered a 2005 model with 3,950 hours for $54,800. Minus a $10,000 allowance and with additional tax, the net cost would have been $47,040.

McCleaf said the town has not decided on pursuing a trade-in with Vernon E. Stup Co.

Agriculture loan of $1.6 million to be used for work on pump stations

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Town Council agreed on Monday to finalize a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the town will use the money to work on its four pump stations.

Interest on the 40-year loan was expected to be 2.75 percent, but has dropped to 2.125 percent, he said.

The town also has obtained grants to help pay for the project, which is estimated to cost $1.925 million, according to Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer.

Free parking offered for holiday season

WILLIAMSPORT — The town is offering free parking in two-hour spaces for the holiday season.

The free parking period will run from Dec. 17 to Jan. 4, the Williamsport Town Council decided Monday.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said motorists still must park vehicles for no more than two hours in those spaces.

Deputy provides activity report of Williamsport area

WILLIAMSPORT — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people in Williamsport in November through the resident deputy program.

Thirty-two warnings and one parking citation were issued and three accidents were investigated, according to a summary prepared by Deputy 1st Class Carl Witmer.

The summary says a tractor valued at more than $12,000 was stolen from the 100 block of North Conococheague Street and later recovered. A suspect was charged.

Decorating winners announced

WILLIAMSPORT — The winners of this year’s town Christmas decorating contest were:

Best yard: Jack Murray of 38 W. Frederick St. (who won last year), followed by Ronnie Eyler of 20 E. Potomac St. and Jay Lauver of 28 Springfield Lane.

Best business: Rosemary’s Florist of 21 E. Potomac St. (which won last year), followed by L&J Liquors of 1 W. Potomac St. and Desert Rose Cafe of 42 N. Conococheague St.

Best doorway: Phil Murray of 31 W. Frederick St., followed by William Carrier of 215 E. Potomac St. and Charles Brown of 24 S. Conococheague St.

— Andrew Schotz

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