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City seeks payment of utility bills for arena

January 23, 2013

At least temporarily, the city has been stuck with utility bills of $36,000-plus that the defunct Williamsport Outlaws hockey team and a nonprofit organization that operated Airmen Pond at Bowman......

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wwhickok

Jan-24-13 8:38 AM

I have an off the wall question because I really have no knowledge of the Federal Hockey League...is it a government driven league? I realize that might be a silly question but..given the name and all.

As far as the issue, I sure hope the city plans to sue the team for the money because I think I speak for all taxpayers in saying we're sick of this crap. EVERYONE could see this coming 100 miles away. I said last year in an email to the mayor that I couldn't understand why he was making Hockey a priority when there are so many other things that should be more important in this city. Now..more than likely it's going to come back and hit the tax payers in the face.

Side-note: Harry I like the idea about the pool. Might as well be used for something.

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wintergirl08

Jan-24-13 8:33 AM

( Another Brainless Idea That Went Kaput! Downtown Clowns.

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LaughIn

Jan-24-13 1:20 AM

Arutheanus where is your rant?

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Bingo1

Jan-23-13 5:19 PM

Everybody is running for the hills but last summer the mayor could not wait to the get team here,no matter what the consequense!!.He rail-roaded this team on the town without doing any homework on these thugs. He knew that the same team and ownership left Wayne, NJ in the middle of the night after breaking their 3 year lease there. How can we expect any different?Iheard that city employees & resources were used to get the arena up and running and noit wil cost us $$ to break this thing down and pay for the bills.The Myor repeadly said,it will not cost us anything. Love the political double-speak.

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LaughIn

Jan-23-13 2:39 PM

I couldn't agree with you more on this topic biobaby. I hope the answer to my question doesn't go something like this, "for entertainment at the cost of the taxpayers."

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biobabycj

Jan-23-13 2:33 PM

my question is why is the city left footing this bill? if i raised my electric bill over a thousand dollars and then beat feet, would my city be left to pay it?? no, i dont think so, neither would it be the citys responsiblity to pay any laymans bills, so then why are they paying for a TEAM or lack there of, a teams bill? go after the people that owned the team, played on the team, etc.. and take them to court for it.. dont make the city pay.. OH and yes, williamsport needs a FEW new leaders not just one clown replaced but MANY clowns.

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biobabycj

Jan-23-13 2:31 PM

i love the comment.. suprised MIM isnt here... yeah, i was thinking the same thing. MIM has a lot of hot air to say and a lot of WHINING to do about landlord issues.. suprised that there wasnt a comment here.. have any of you SEEN mims places??

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LaughIn

Jan-23-13 2:14 PM

Weldnpipe and aretesanus suggest that there were no paid positions (no jobs) created as a result of bringing the Outlaws here. Why were they brought here? To generate money for who then? Who in the h e l l do these people think they are talking to, dumb butts? People with hidden agendas should be revealed for the outlaws they are.

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LaughIn

Jan-23-13 1:43 PM

Like I posted yesterday, someone did not do their research. If city council was conducting an experiment, they obviously depended on someone else's knowledge to proceed with implementation. Taxpayers need to know who they elect to governmental positions. It would appear that some professions are given way to much credit as being omnipotent and omniscient! I agree with you bryan48.

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bryan48

Jan-23-13 1:24 PM

The league was in financial strife prior to coming here. Add that to a team leaving NJ that just won a championship to come play outdoors here. The real question is what was the thought and expectations behind this? To get funding? If so, maybe it does benefit us. I feel people deserve an answer as to why this was pursued.

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Shirly

Jan-23-13 12:57 PM

What a clown show this has devolved into - with apologies to good clowns everywhere. I wonder if they allowed the mayor to collect milk money when he was supposedly teaching in the classroom. I don't know where to go with this except to say:

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't do OR teach play at being mayor, I guess.

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enoughalready

Jan-23-13 11:35 AM

I'm surprised Mim hasn't posted a "this is just like a landlord being stuck with a water bill" comment.

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enoughalready

Jan-23-13 11:34 AM

HarryT1940-- the city already has a location to skate, the Armory on Penn St, however I suspect the Armory was not flooded for skating this year as to not take business away from our now non-existent Airman Pond.

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DavidBross

Jan-23-13 11:20 AM

Same post, better proofreading: I had assumed that the hockey team was directly responsible to all vendors for any bills. Since that wasn't the case, why wasn't a bond posted for the estimated amount of utility bills? They did that for returning the field to its orignal condition.

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DavidBross

Jan-23-13 11:19 AM

I had assumed that the hockey team was directly responsible to all vendors for anh bills. Since that wasn't the case, why wasn't a bond posted for the estimated amount of utility bills? They thought about for returning the field to its orignal condition.

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MECURY2

Jan-23-13 11:09 AM

I knew this was going to happen as soon as I heard the news Williamsport was getting a hockey team. Williamsport only get a handfull of people to go to the Crosscutter's games unless they give out free tickets, so what made the city think people would come out in freezing weather when they can't get people to go to a baseball game in the summer? Something "smells" here!

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HarryT1940

Jan-23-13 11:00 AM

I have an idea for the city to consider since Airmen Pond is gone, and we did have a lot of public interest in skating, why not fill in the Memorial Pool with dirt, stone what ever to with a foot of the top of the pool. Then cover this fill much of which could be free and coat it with about a 4" layer of asphalt, then come next winter it could be flooded with water and used for public ice skating this would probably be cheaper than dismantling it, and back filling the blank hole and it would still give some service to a pool that will never reopen as a pool.

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IceSkater

Jan-23-13 9:38 AM

There are positives that have come out of this. Many people who did not come out to the meetings last May, who are now interested in an indoor arena, are not ready to let go. They will be supporting and indoor ice arena.

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enoughalready

Jan-23-13 8:45 AM

What's that noise you ask? Oh that'd be karma smacking Gabe in the face....

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BornHere

Jan-23-13 7:21 AM

Now that's funny!!

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slickthedryfly

Jan-23-13 7:18 AM

I was thinking of bringing a semi-pro Elephant Polo team to the city. Do ya think the Mayor would be interested?

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BornHere

Jan-23-13 7:15 AM

It's time for new leadership in Williamsport.

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CarlHiller

Jan-23-13 6:07 AM

This was destined to fail from the beginning. Now they talk about oversight and issue "a cautionary warning for future experiments". This wasn't a Kohl's that produced some local jobs, albeit low wage, this was an "experiment" in stupidity.

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JustSomeGuy

Jan-23-13 5:37 AM

And just like many tenants in Williamsport do, they leave in the middle of the night sticking the landlord with the utility bills.

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jeff33

Jan-23-13 3:47 AM

IMAGINE THAT!

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