City Hall stays ‘by appointment only’ as green phase arrives
City Hall will not be fully opened as of Friday when Lycoming County enters the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen the state economy, said Mayor Derek Slaughter.
The center for city business will have its Bureau of Codes open for issuing permits, Slaughter said Thursday afternoon.
Others will be by appointment only, he said.
“They will need to call and schedule an appointment,” Slaughter said.
For city taxpayers and those who want to see the treasurer and tax collector, appointments are being made, city officials said.
Mayor Derek Slaughter has allowed Nicholas Grimes, the city tax collector and treasurer, and his office personnel to make appointments with people who need to see him or others in the office in person for assistance.
“If they call first,” Grimes said.
Then, they may enter through the police department at the rear of City Hall.
The office entrance is closed otherwise.
The office is located on the first floor of the building and there is a drop-off box outside on the West Fourth Street side for tax purposes, Grimes said.
“We are working through the reopening logistics for the rest of City Hall,” he said.
City Council and other city meetings will continue to be held at Trade and Transit Centre II, as per order by Council in agreement with the administration.
“COVID-19 remains a public health crisis and we are not completely out of the woods yet,” he said.
“We need to continue to work together, to be smart and to be safe as we progress forward,” he said.
Guidelines will continue to be used that are put out by state Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.
These include continuing to practice social distancing, washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, and wearing masks to protect from the virus spread.
Williamsport Parking Authority continues not to enforce parking at its municipal lots, streets or two parking garages until early July, said Dave Kish, authority operations manager.