Council eyes ideas for economic development

Tonight, City Council will look at an agreement with a marketing company that is preparing a redevelopment plan for the eastern business district.

The agreement with Thomas Point Associates will be among the issues before council as Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and council look to see development around Lycoming College and points eastward, including East Third Street.

Council also is expected to review a contract for the 2014 street reconstruction project, estimated at more than $720,000, with HRI Inc.

Council is expected to award a contract for the Memorial Pool renovation project. A $883,000 bid was presented by Port Vue Plumbing, of McKeesport, near Pittsburgh.

If accepted, work could begin in a couple of weeks. The pool is expected to open before Memorial Day.

Justin Simpson, city recreation director, said the plans indicate zero-depth entry and waterpark features, including a slide comparable to nearby community pools.

Money for the renovation is coming from $200,000 in a bond; $250,000 in a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant; $250,000 in a Community Development Block Grant and $200,000 from a private donating source to be announced before or at the meeting.

It is estimated the city will spend $994,000 on renovating the pool and its grounds, Campana said.

A presentation will be made by Sally Wiegand, chairwoman of the Brandon Park and Shade Tree Commission.

The Williamsport Islamic Center, 322 Locust St. will seek conditional-use of the building in a plan presented by Gary Knarr, city zoning officer.