City Council rejects Scoreboard bids

Bowman Field scoreboard bids of between $525,000 to $675,000 were rejected at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, requested bidders meet a pre-qualification process, which has six major requirements on the specifications not met by previous companies.

The old scoreboard costs the city about $1,000 each time it rains. That is because water ruins the circuits, said Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department.

The scoreboard has bullet holes in it and has exceeded a 10-year warranty, Winder said.

The new scoreboard, paid for through grants, donations and secured funds, will be installed before the start of the Williamsport Crosscutters’ opening home game June 14, Nichols said.

Council approved the $150,000 gift for the renovation of Brandon Park bandshell. The money is from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

Renovation is structural improvements, including accessibility, said Stephanie Young, city community development director.

The Police Pension Board approved the two-pension contribution of $13,183 for David J. Young, retired former police chief.