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Mayor’s capital projects plan adds to city debt

April 3, 2013

The city administration wants to add to city debt by seeking approval from City Council to pursue debt restructuring to tackle capital improvement projects that include repaving roads and replacing......

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biobabycj

Apr-04-13 11:13 PM

its not just OUR attitudes about williamsport. with shootings and drug crimes almost daily and people who cant feel safe downtown, not enough money to pay more police for safety because they too busy building things we DONT need, i have to agree that williamsport does not attract the people we want, except for little league season. clean up the town, send away the people that came year years ago for FREE STUFF and crack houses,,, maybe clean the town up a bit, and people might want to come back or come here after all the stories about the town have gone away.

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biobabycj

Apr-04-13 11:07 PM

time for a new mayor. i hope you people see that next time its voting time.. also. the whole council apparently needs to be renewed if they are backing this whatsoever. EVERTIME theres some story that involves the mayors decisions,, they are never good. he needs to see what its like to live on THIS side of the fence for a change..wow,,, there goes your tax dollars HARD at work, second crappy story in one day so far.

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wwhickok

Apr-04-13 11:19 AM

"I am not sure about the newest garage over on Market but I would imagine that would be quite a walk for people who work near the Federal Building and Prison areas."

I agreed with everything you said basically except for the last bit of this. Quite a walk? Did you know walking is actually GOOD for your health? C'mon, I could understand if they were walking a mile or something but it's not even close that that type of distance. This is like crying over spilled milk.

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 8:27 AM

"The old Midtown Parking garage is completely full during week days with monthly parkers who work downtown. Have you actually been to downtown Williamsport lately?" - msamerica101

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Exactly!!

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 8:25 AM

"...downtown will never be a shopping mecca or whatever because of parking." - distantobsvr

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Gee...have you ever implemented your psychic-skills, for more-profitable means?? How are you at picking lottery-numbers???

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msamerica101

Apr-03-13 3:48 PM

""Replacing the oldest parking garage"? Hahahaha, really? Why? Williamsport is a ghost town. "

The old Midtown Parking garage is completely full during week days with monthly parkers who work downtown. Have you actually been to downtown Williamsport lately? It is busy during the weekdays. Where would you suggest all of the office workers from downtown park? The other parking garage on Third Street across from the Stearns plaza is also fairly full. I am not sure about the newest garage over on Market but I would imagine that would be quite a walk for people who work near the Federal Building and Prison areas.

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distantobsvr

Apr-03-13 1:42 PM

Hmmm... pool, parking garage, ball park improvements when you dont have enough money for the things that are really needed, crazy, stupid and a waste... downtown will never be a shopping mecca or whatever because of parking. Someone should tell your mayor it is the 21st centery, not the 19th.

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stacey21

Apr-03-13 10:02 AM

Its funny how when it comes to vital services such as police,fire,and streets and parks the city is broke and can't provide adequate manpower to perform these jobs yet the mayor can always find funding for his pet projects. I can't wait to see his clock tower. People will come from all over the great usa to look at it I'm sure.

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nosferatu

Apr-03-13 9:43 AM

"Replacing the oldest parking garage"? Hahahaha, really? Why? Williamsport is a ghost town.

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weldnpipe

Apr-03-13 9:18 AM

WOW, $600,000 for Bowman upgrades? Kinda makes the hockey fiasco look like chump change.

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cybergram

Apr-03-13 9:13 AM

have those guys in prison do some of the work like Bowmen field this town is not that big for all these darn expenses our taxes are going to go even higher and hard enough to pay as it is when your a fixed income

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jeff33

Apr-03-13 8:37 AM

how can we afford this? Mayor Coder!

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MrShaman

Apr-03-13 8:10 AM

"Resurfacing the streets with taxes collected is one thing, but some of these projects are bound to ruffle some feathers with spending on non essential projects." - Tedeaux

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Such as.....?

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MrShaman

Apr-03-13 8:06 AM

"I thought this was to be the energy capital of Pennsylvania with shinny new buildings and jobs and lots of money..." - rick424

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No doubt. I get the distinct-impression it might (actually) take several YEARS for us to hit that "peak"...and, who's got THAT kind o' time??!!!! And, "What about the children??". How can we possibly educate THEM on immediate-gratification...if WE'RE looking more-and-more like those people who insist "Everything, worthwhile, is worth waiting-FOR!" And, the WORK, required, to become an "energy capital"?? How are we gonna explain THAT, to them??!!!

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Tedeaux

Apr-03-13 7:32 AM

Do any of these projects have the potential to generate any additional revenue for the City of Williamsport? Resurfacing the streets with taxes collected is one thing, but some of these projects are bound to ruffle some feathers with spending on non essential projects. Hey Rick, maybe you would like it if the Mayor bulldozed downtown and put up a huge Government housing project?

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rick424

Apr-03-13 7:12 AM

Replacing a parking deck, renovating a pool, something about a transit garage II, renovating Boman field. Using natural gas impact fee money. I guess, Mr. Mayor, the gas industry drilling in Williamsport proper has taken a toll on the city. I thought this was to be the energy capital of Pennsylvania with shinny new buildings and jobs and lots of money, but I guess this is what you meant. Using money that wasn't even thought of until last year.

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MrShaman

Apr-03-13 6:41 AM

"I'm begining to wonder if the mayor and council are taking lessons in spending from Obama!" - USABorn

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AGREED!!!! I (also) long for those days, when the "adults" took-over, after the Clinton Admin, and SHOWED everyone what could be accomplished...with a more-"mature" attitude, regarding spending wi$ley!!!!

See: Republicard

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MrShaman

Apr-03-13 6:35 AM

"This guy is out of control, someone stop him, everytime he talks it is going to cost taxpayers money." - fromtheport

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Absolutely!!! How is a family expected to finance a state-o'-the-art bunker...when we (ALSO) do something as COUNTER-productive as financing the improved-infrastructure that'll draw MORE people to Williamsport??!!!!

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MrShaman

Apr-03-13 6:27 AM

"Isn't it time for someone to figure out that nothing they do is going to attract people to Wmspt?" - USABorn

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No doubt!!! You'd think "our" exceptionally-positive attitudes..."our" nearly-radical acceptance of ALL things new-and-different...and, our DAILY-display of RISK-taking (primarily, for the sheer EXHILARATION of dragging the REST-o'-the-State into the 21st Century!)...would be ENOUGH to attract ALL people who value Quality Of LIFE!!!

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wwhickok

Apr-03-13 6:09 AM

The fact is that there are many roads that NEED attention. Debt or not, the harsh reality of it is that the sidewalks and streets in this city have been neglected by every other mayor we have. Yes, it really bothers me our taxes continue to increase, at the same time, we NEED road repair.

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eriklatranyi

Apr-03-13 5:40 AM

What a bunch of buffoons. I don't care what party they claim to be.....spending like this only results in what just happened to Stockton, CA.

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USABorn

Apr-03-13 4:14 AM

I'm begining to wonder if the mayor and council are taking lessons in spending from Obama!

Remember when the area around the courthouse was bricked up and made into a big square complete with benches and hotdog vendors? It was supposed to bring people to Wmspt. It didn't.

There have been several of these Wmspt redo's and not one of them has helped.

Isn't it time for someone to figure out that nothing they do is going to attract people to Wmspt? The only people "attracted" over the last 30-40 years has been the Philly trash and remodeling the city wasn't what drew them.

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fromtheport

Apr-03-13 3:35 AM

This guy is out of control, someone stop him, everytime he talks it is going to cost taxpayers money

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fromtheport

Apr-03-13 3:35 AM

This guy is out of control, someone stop him, everytime he talks it is going to cost taxpayers money

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