Slowdown in works

The speed limit is closer to being reduced at an “S” curve on Reach Road near the Williamsport Post Office after City Council had its first reading Thursday on a change in an ordinance.

If approved, the speed limit will be reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph between Catawissa Avenue and North Reach Road.

The reason for the slowdown at the site is an engineering firm designing upgrades determined the alignment of the road did not meet a 35 mph design criteria, said John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.

In another road project, council had a first reading on a change to an ordinance allowing the city to vacate a portion of Mulberry Street north of Union Avenue for Lycoming College’s proposed entrance to its stadium, Grado said.

In demolition updates, Susquehanna Health has continued to receive permission to demolish properties it owns. Demolitions will take place at 644 Maple St., 646 and 648 Campbell St., and 730 Locust St. When the hospital system demolishes the properties it continues to provide the city taxes.

In land developments, Eureka Resources on Catawissa Avenue received lot consolidation and land development approval to bring a building and two storage tanks to the property. The building will be used in natural gas industry and the tanks store water that is recycled and used in fracking. The county planning and city planning commissions gave prior approval for the plan.

The city tabled a transfer of $194,000 after discussing occurred about where the funds would come from. The issue is over police department line items as a result of contract negotiations and an inspector for street cuts that Mayor Gabriel J. Campana wants to hire, according to William E. Nichols Jr., director of finance.

“It also involves money moved into various pension line items to make adjustments,” he said. Some on council believe instead of taking all money out of contingency some transfers could wait later in the year.

In an appointment, Ben Laurenson, a city police officer and in the Army Reserve, was appointed to a five-year term on the Veterans Memorial Park Commission.