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Council to vote on loan program for virus-hit businesses and industries

City Council will vote tonight on a loan program led by the Community and Economic Development department that will make $750,000 available to local business and industry.

Mayor Derek Slaughter said Wednesday these loans will be used to help businesses and industries recover from the impacts related to COVID-19.

Stephanie Young, department director, is expected to present the information.

“My administration is committed to providing services to the taxpayers and citizens of Williamsport,” Slaughter said.

“We work diligently every day to ensure this is happening,” he said.

“We also have a number of street reconstruction projects ongoing and upcoming,” Slaughter said.

In other expected items for council to address, city police Chief Damon Hagan is expected to discuss a proposed agreement for tactical team placement between the city police Special Response Team and South Williamsport police, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police, the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office, and the county Sheriff’s office.

Hagan will present a proposal with the Pennsylvania Chiefs Association for providing expertise during oral and written examinations for officers seeking promotions.

Council will look at a proposed management contract between the city and Endless Mountains Transportation Authority. The meeting is held remotely on Zoom technology, accessible by the city Website and YouTube.

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