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Scoreboard off agenda, City Council to address other business

City Council isn’t expected to review a proposed $600,000 scoreboard purchase and ways to match the grant, city officials said Wednesday.

The issue remains prescient, but not yet ready for discussion as it is in legal hands, according to Councilman Randall J. Allison.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has said the scoreboard and upgrades are among the promises the city made to satisfy the Williamsport Crosscutters, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, as part of verbal commitments.

But, Campana said he opposes any borrowing for the scoreboard or stadium improvements.

What is expected to be discussed is an amendment to use money in the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund on rental properties.

The Lycoming County funding from natural gas impact fees originally was $200,000 approved for use in 2015 for rental rehabilitation in the area of the former Brodart warehouse.

Today, the neighborhood is getting spruced up and includes a 40-unit apartment house, said Stephanie Young, city community development director.

The amendment will enable the city to use $54,000 of that funding for improvements to nine rental properties, she said, giving the city about $100,000 available for other income-eligible qualifying properties.

Thirty percent of the money must be used for properties at or below 50 percent of the median property value or low income, she said.

Council also looked at a request of the streets and parks department to lease a 2019 Ford dump truck for winter maintenance. The proposed diesel-operated vehicle would complement eight trucks spreading salt and materials during storms, said Adam Winder, department general manager. The truck lease would be paid for using liquid fuels funds, he said.

Council is expected to set the compensation for the mayor, council, treasurer and controller. The elected individuals — mayor, controller and treasurer/tax collector — will essentially receive 1 percent increases over the next four years, according to Nicholas Grimes, city treasurer/tax collector. The proposal is for elected officials not to receive a pay increase over the first two years of their

four-year jobs.

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