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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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Tedeaux

Mar-21-13 2:19 AM

As far as Bowman Field goes, the tax payers still get to pay for upkeep of the facility now that the Outlaws are the concerned. The ice rink was installed in the stadium for the existing seating (which really left a lot to be desired!) Campana may have not been the driving force behind tens of thousands of high tech jobs coming to Williamsport, but maybe it has something to do with the workforce being offered to employers keeping the jobs from coming here? Williamsport continues to lose decent paying jobs to manufacturers moving overseas or to less costly labor areas. Is that the mayors fault that they've left? The town of Williamsport was positioned rather well to be the center of gas well drilling in central PA, but due to a drop in gas prices and a rather harsh environmental attitude of a small percentage of the local folks, a lot of the oilfield jobs have been put on indefinate hold. Is that the mayors fault? Campana hasn't delivered on everything promised, but what politcian ever

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gavinf56

Mar-21-13 5:28 AM

Without large tracts of open land within the city limits for developement, attracting anything but those "gas industry jobs" or retail/tourist jobs will be extremely difficult.

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idiottwo

Mar-21-13 5:41 AM

Wesley, lets see how well you do. I'm sure you will be more successful and have the depth of capabilities for the job right. Go for it, otherwise, maybe use a tacts less sniping. Have you suggested to the Mayor your ideas and thoughts? Have you pulled together investors to bring business and work to the area? Its not just the mayor who does these things. And do you hold all polititcians accountable for their performance? Really?

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JerryfromRI

Mar-21-13 5:57 AM

I support the Mayor.

Not every swing of the bat is going to be a home run.

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wwhickok

Mar-21-13 6:03 AM

All of you shared fair points. I appreciate that. This letter is from my view of what not really just the mayor but the city council has done. First, to respond to idiottwo, yes, I do hold ALL Politicians responsible for their actions, including that sorry excuse for a US President, Obama (no republican would be doing any better imo).

As far as the jobs are concerned, there is plenty of real estate around here. Many of those areas are currently occupied by abandoned buildings. We seem to get nothing but hotels in this city when a new business does come here. We continue to hear the phrase "this will not fall back on the tax payers" but it always does.

The Mayor must go because he is the 'leader' of it. After that, the entire city council needs to be replaced.

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JamieFausnaught

Mar-21-13 6:10 AM

Minimum wage, maximum whine.

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MrShaman

Mar-21-13 6:17 AM

"First of all, how do we know this isn't a ploy to get the tax payers to pay for upkeep and upgrades to the stadium, secondly, I doubt it's going to be less than $20,000, I expect it to be close to double.

Why? Because isn't that always the way things happen under Campana's watch?" - Wesley W. Hickok

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Aw, jeez...it sounds like "someone" is still a little over-amped from the latest gathering-o'-T-Baggers.

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jeff33

Mar-21-13 6:39 AM

The Mayor did not bring the gas jobs here, the gas companies knew that natural gas was in the shale they did not know how to get to it until Fracking came to be then they came on their own.

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gavinf56

Mar-21-13 7:02 AM

An empty, aged building will not attract the businesses and jobs you desire Wesley.

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idiottwo

Mar-21-13 7:33 AM

Wesley, I'm back to what can you do or have you done? So often people are victims, blaming leaders and sitting on the sidelines sniping. This may not be you case, but its often. If you have ideas and solutions, step up - speak out, run for office or meet with those in office and steer them. But maybe you should look to be sure your calls aren't tainted by parydigms and perceptions.

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wwhickok

Mar-21-13 7:34 AM

I wasn't saying put businesses in the old aged building. I was saying they have no problem demolishing stuff for a parking garage, why not use some of that real estate for new businesses to develop.

It's funny you know, week in and week out people come on here and b***h about how bad our situation is in this city. They ridicule the mayor for the taxes, the hockey decision, etc, and the moment someone writes a letter about him, they're defending him like he is their brother.

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wwhickok

Mar-21-13 7:39 AM

idiottwo, actually, I contact the mayor frequently. Sometimes it's not so nice, other times it's general inquiries about his decision making, and sometimes, it's my point of view. Most recently I contacted him about my point of view on the types of business development they are 'recruiting' to the city. Of course all of these emails go through a secretary so who knows if he actually reads them.

As for me running for office, truth be told, I don't think I know enough about politics to be seated within a political office. Certainly not without a strong foundation of supporters at the very least. I find myself, in my "older age" paying more attention to politics and news than I ever have before at younger ages, so my interest in town meetings and discussions is also evergrowing.

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gavinf56

Mar-21-13 7:42 AM

It is much more costly to tear down an old building and rebuild a new one than it does to just build anew one on open ground.

Since I do not live in Williamsport, I very rarely comment on these types of letters. I only added my comment on what is an incorrect observation on Mayor Campana's job creation record.

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eric88

Mar-21-13 7:44 AM

Your city government will only be as smart and effective as the citizens that elected, then re-elected the mayor(and council). Many of the same also elected Mayor Bloom.. I rest my case.

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KB3KUK

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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idiottwo

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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rick424

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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spike2

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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wwhickok

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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wwhickok

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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SteelerFan

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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enigma

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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Galumph

Mar-21-13 10:45 AM

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

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eriklatranyi

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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eric88

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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