Finance gives nod to use of $280K grant for recycling
City Council’s finance committee gave a positive recommendation Tuesday to allow the city administration to accept a $280,000 state grant for recycling improvements.
The grant awarded to the city was obtained through the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Adam Winder, city streets and parks general manager.
The card system will enable residents who have one to access the gate at the city brush pile at 1500 W. Third St., he said.
It is not known whether the card will cost residents, as it does $10 for Loyalsock Township customers, he said.
The other portion of the grant will pay for purchase a leaf collection vehicle, he said.
As of today, the facility has limited hours of 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and on certain Saturdays.
The committee also recommended the city police purchase three vehicles with $140,000 approved in the budget.
Police Chief Damon Hagan said he wants to lower the amount of vehicles from 21 to 18 to assist with the city budget and provide adequate amount of vehicles needed to protect and serve.
Hagan also received a positive recommendation for a memorandum of understanding resolution between the police and the Williamsport Area School District for a school resource officer.
The district is getting one school resource officer instead of a full-time and part-time officer, he said.
The police will pursue a COPS Hiring Grant with the U.S. Department of Justice for one additional school resource officer for the district, Hagan said.
Hagan also spoke to the City Council public safety committee about the matter Tuesday.
The grant can provide partial costs related to hiring either a community police officer or a school resource officer, he said.
“You have to go all in on one or the other,” he said.
The grant would cover 75 percent of the cost of the school resource officer, a city officer, he said. The city would pick up 25 percent per year, with the final year requiring the city to fully fund the school resource officer.
Hagan said he would try to get the documents before the committee to review when it meets in two weeks.
The grant and a combination of general fund money could help to pay for the cost, police said.