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City Council to hold first meeting in Trade and Transit II

City Council holds its initial meeting and all public meetings starting today at the Trade and Transit Centre II, 144 W. Third St., until further notice.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael Ross Event room on the third floor, which is accessible by elevator, said Council President Randall J. Allison.

The transition was not missed by employees at City Hall who quipped they would be getting healthier walking back and forth between their offices and transit building.

The move was authorized by council as the city attorneys remain engaged in legal talks for those representing Center for Independent Living, an advocacy group for accessible needs and the disabled, he said.

Council anticipates tackling a number of issues tonight, not the least of which is a lease approval between the city and Williamsport Softball Association, for use and maintenance at Elm Park.

The association is prepared to restart softball tournaments at the facility across from Memorial Park.

Council looks at an agreement authorizing Veterans Memorial Park to be a site for a decommissioned A-6 Intruder, an airplane used in Vietnam that was for many years used as a teaching tool for students at the Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center of the Pennsylvania College of Technology at Williamsport Regional Airport.

Similar to this resolution, council is expected to vote on an agreement between the city and the college regarding the use of students in construction trades who help build walls and foundations at the park at West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive.

Police Chief Damon Hagan is expected to bring a resolution of a memorandum of understanding between the police and Williamsport Area School District for a school resource officer.

He also is expected to present a resolution for transfer of duty firearms to retiring police officers and one to purchase three police vehicles.

Hagan also brings a proposed agreement, a matter of continuation, with police, Lycoming College and Wise Options.

Agents specialized in training students and women from being accosted and abused provide assistance for programming at the college and social service agency, Hagan said.

It’s closing in on street paving and reconstruction season. With that in mind, council reviews resolutions authorizing excavation of certain streets for water main replacement by the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority.

Also on the agenda, a presentation by representatives of the Community Arts Center, with Chuck Still, executive director, and Patrick Marty, of Penn College.

A number of appointments and reappointments to Brandon Park Commission and Shade Tree Commission, Redevelopment Authority, planning commission and blighted property review board will be made.

Adam Winder, general manager of the city streets and parks department, is preparing to receive permission to accept a $280,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The grant will be used to pay for a technology upgrade at the brush pile, namely a card-reading system at the gate at 1500 W. Third St.

The remainder of the grant will be used for a leaf collection machine to assist in the fall leaf cleanups, he said.

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