Committee OKs Bowman Field naming rights; agreement to go before City Council

Look for the continuation of signs sponsored by a local bank to be on and around the entrance and perimeter of Bowman Field over the next two years, providing a naming-rights agreement passes City Council on Thursday night.

That’s because the Council Finance Committee gave a positive recommendation Tuesday for the council to accept an extension of the proposed contract with BB&T Bank to provide naming rights over the next two years at Bowman Field.

The proposed contract is to pay the city $35,000 over the next two years, in coordination with the end of the Williamsport Crosscutters’ lease agreement, which will also occur in two years, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, who addressed the committee.

“It brings the city $70,000 over two years,” he said.

The committee had little or no discussion over the matter, which doesn’t impact any General Fund money or taxpayer dollars.

In other action:

The committee gave a positive recommendation for the city administration to submit a certified local government grant application in the amount of $4,450 and for the city to come up with a match of that amount. The grant application, sent to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, would be for a projector, training, and staff time to review historical buildings throughout the city, according to Stephanie Young, director of the city Department of Community Development.

The committee also gave a positive recommendation to authorize a lease-agreement for the purchase of a 2018 Caterpillar loader.

The request was made by Adam Winder, general manager of the city Public Works Department. It would be a five-year lease at $31,531 annual payments, Winder said.

The committee also authorized a lease agreement for two 2018 Cruze vehicles for the Codes Department’s use. The request was made by Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

Finally, Shannon Bartron is the next applicant seeking a four-year appointment to the city Recreation Commission.­­­