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Mayor must go

March 21, 2013

Since the arrival of Gabriel Campana we have seen nothing but increased taxes and ‘tourist-driven’ business ventures....

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Mar-25-13 8:06 AM

I've written a LTE that hopefully will be up in the next few days, that actually provides somewhat of a retraction and a different perspective on what I've said within this LTE. I'm glad I'm not the only one that has a problem with the work that was done on 3rd Street either. I truly believe that one of the biggest political issues with this city, is the City Council that is in place. THAT is who truly needs to go.

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Mar-23-13 11:04 AM

I live in Loyalsock but work in Williamsport. The travel to work is fine until I get into Williamsport. The conditions of both Arch and Third streets are terrible. Arch has been torn up for so long and the "patching" has little to be desired. The ride down Third street is like driving across an old washboard. (mainly from Pine to Penn). I have had to replace both of my leaf shackles on my truck due to the bouncing and banging of the vehicle driving (slowly mind you) over all the mess. Now, I know you can not patch the roads until the work is done but come on, lets get the work done and the roads fixed. Please Mayor Campana can we look into getting these roads drivable as quick as possible?

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Mar-21-13 9:52 PM

Thanks NoBud, we are excited and are looking forward to the move. Glad you have someone like Bobbie on your side. Makes for interesting posting.

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Mar-21-13 9:16 PM

I support our Mayor. He has gotten more accomplished in this city than the last 6 Mayors combined. I applaud his efforts and his genuine concern for our city. If I was asked for 1 big positive accomplishment of previous Mayors in the city I would have no answers. Under Campanas watch our city is much better off. As far as the Hockey deal, I hoped it would work, I went to a lot of games, but it just didn't pan out. That's the price you pay sometimes. Not everything works out.

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Mar-21-13 9:14 PM

Oh, and a lot can happen in 50 years. Look at the changes here over the last 50. Just sayin'

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Mar-21-13 9:13 PM

Sorry to hear you are leaving. Good luck in your new venture. That is the beauty of America, mobility.

There is very little chance of manufacturing coming to Billtown or anywhere in PA. As a result, we have to survive on what we have, natural resources and education.

That is a great question. Much like the fiasco taking place by Welteroth and his proposed commercial venture. I believe that if you want to risk your capital, that is fine, but the taxpayer should never be on the hook for private development.

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Mar-21-13 8:43 PM

NoBud I decided to leave the area. I did not want a gas well in my backyard and politicians leaving me to hang out to dry if there is a problem. As for Williamsport, I see no future unless long term manufacturing comes to town. They have several good schools and maybe they can do something with those but the gas industry will not make this the energy capitol of Pennsylvania as the mayor has said. In the scheme of things it is short term. Maybe 50 years on a good day.

Quick question, I wonder how much in tax dollars was used for these private enterprises?

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Mar-21-13 8:25 PM

rick, I understand what you are saying, but here are a couple of things. 1--the hotel and conference centers you are referring to are private individuals filling what they perceive as a gap in services. 2--There will be drilling and pipeline construction for some time. 3--These wells are not something where you just dig a hole and forget it, there will be maintenance for the life of the well. Yes, there will be a decrease over time of the roughneck worker, but this area is growing as a result of this operation and it will continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace than we saw a couple of years ago. That is the reality. Like it or not. Change is coming, you can get on board or get run over and some folks just don't like that.

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Mar-21-13 6:25 PM

NoBud, the area has known for a long time they were coming. They should have set up training centers before they came not after. All they seem to care about now are hotels and conference centers. You to know once they drill the wells they will be gone. Can't imagine they want to invest to much in this area. The gas will go to processing centers on the coast. All we will have is a small amount of people left to operate the distribution.

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Mar-21-13 3:21 PM

Wes, once again we have a long gripe list and no ideas that are better. I am not a fan of Gabe, but, if we are going to gripe, then at least we should be able to put forth our solutions, no? It is not up to politicians of any persuasion or level to "bring" jobs or anything else to an area. It is their job to create a climate that is conducive to entrepreneurial activity.

With respect to the gas industry and the jobs it creates, the companies have chosen to bring many staff in from other states because they cannot get enough locals who want to work as hard as it takes in that industry. I have heard this from many in the industry. Add to that that our schools are not producing qualified candidates for this work and you can see why there are many out of state workers.

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Mar-21-13 2:52 PM

Not sure I have the insight to comment on the mayor’s performance. I saw mention of bringing new business to Williamsport & believe we need to create a business climate which is diverse & attractive. To do this, we need to align the education of our youth and workforce with industry needs where we plan to expand. If we really want to bring high-tech and other sectors to Williamsport, we’ll need an educational system to support. A Highly educated, multi-tiered workforce is top of the list for companies when making a decision on where to land. Additionally, Williamsport needs to be a business friendly destination in terms of business tax and policies. We’re already competitive in terms of wage. Quality of life, healthcare, crime rate, affordable housing, outstanding schools all impact the decision making process in terms of what drives a business to select a location for setting up shop. If we want to grow, and build our community, these are the things we need to do.

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Mar-21-13 1:45 PM

The Mayor's decision to bring the Williamsport Outlaws to town was SOUND! Florida is maintained, to a large degree on Tourist dollars. So he is not scoring 100%. Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times, high for his era, but the moral of the story is you have to swing the bat in order to hit the ball. Mr. Gabe, hang in there. As one of the majority voters putting you in office, I STILL think we made the correct choice.

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Mar-21-13 12:47 PM

And by all means Ms. Fausnaught if my assumption is wrong, please feel free to correct it.

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Mar-21-13 11:47 AM

In regards to Jamie Fausnaughts comment I'm a little curious what exactly you meant by that. Frankly it sounded like a 'tongue in cheek' comment a rich person would make to a poor person to signify they know they're better than everyone else.

What I assume you ACTUALLY meant is that most of the complaining comes from people who make minimum wage. financial security is the deciding factor in whether or not you're allowed to have an opinion? FYI, I don't make minimum wage, I make considerably above it.

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Mar-21-13 11:24 AM

Look at Loyalsock. They knew how to benefit from the gas industry and cut property taxes.

Wrong! Unfair to compare a township with NO paid "police clowns" or firemen to a city with dozens of union public service folks.

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Mar-21-13 10:48 AM

Williamsport needs to focus on core services and a frugal budget.

Nothing attracts businesses faster than a well-managed community.

Look at Loyalsock. They knew how to benefit from the gas industry and cut property taxes.

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Mar-21-13 10:45 AM

But then he'll have to buy his own car!!!

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Mar-21-13 8:45 AM

Wesley, While I generally agree with what you've said, I think you're being just a little hard on Campana. While he has been a poor mayor, he is, sadly, one of the better mayors the city has had. His main problem is that he can't or doesn't think for himself. All of his efforts to improve the city are the same tired ideas that small cities all over the country have tried. Unfortunately, while these cities brag about their acheivements, they really have little to show for them. What the city needs is a mayor with new, good ideas and a state legislature that is willing to help by reducing the corporate tax burden. Without that, no mayor will be able to fix Williamsport.

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Mar-21-13 8:36 AM

I've lived in this area for over 40 years and every mayor of Williamsport has been criticised, chastised etc, but also all were praised too in some fashion. This is never going to change, it's just the nature of things. Despite the pending bills left over from the Outlaws, the venture was a good one. Given the right circumstances, hockey could fly in Williamsport.

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Mar-21-13 8:33 AM

Also, as far as it being more costly to tear down buildings, that's true, however, at the same time, if that building is being replaced by a substantial business that provides jobs, it will pay for itself over time and in my personal opinion, makes it worth while.

@KB3, you're absolutely correct. I used to work on Reach Road and have to travel as far back as the Daycare Center near the SPCA, while I find that all the businesses along reach road do a really good job at upkeeping their properties, the main road itself is in terrible condition, pot holes everywhere and the patchwork they do doesn't last very long. Even in front of the Daycare Center there are potholes, I mean c'mon. The mayor said Reach Road was one of his priorities. REALLY? So why wasn't it done correctly?

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Mar-21-13 8:29 AM

Gavin, I don't have problem with anyone disagreeing with me. We can agree to disagree, that's just the way of life, I'm just surprised that so many were so quick to disagree when at least once a week we see a news article full of people criticizing him (including myself)

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Mar-21-13 8:26 AM

our Mayor will be gone in a bit less than 3 years, whether we agree or disagree. he is in a second term. Anyone have any idea who may throw there hat in the ring from either party?

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Mar-21-13 8:08 AM

To me Williamsport has not changed much. Looks pretty much the same for years. When the gas industry was knocking on our door I got the impression of tall skyscrapers and manufacturing and business everywhere. But I guess that didn't happen.

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Mar-21-13 8:04 AM

Wesley, thanks for the replies and taking my thoughts and comments in a constructive or open way.

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Mar-21-13 7:55 AM

I have been work on Reach Rd for the past 7yrs. and all the city has done to the back half is put patches on that last about 1 month. With all the taxes being paid by workers in this area we deserve better. Get your act together and fix it right or GET OUT!

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