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Council to vote on accessibility advisory commission tonight

City Council is expected to take a vote tonight on a proposed ordinance to create an accessibility advisory commission.

Such a commission, if removed from the table (delayed without vote) and approved, would bring in members of the disabled community to be voting members to make recommendations regarding accessibility for disabled in city policy, facilities and design plans.

Councilman Jon Mackey has overseen getting the commission proposal to this point and said he believed in total inclusion of the disabled in city government, whether it be in future construction or programming.

Council is also expected to discuss a proposal to renew partnership with STEP Inc. and AmeriCorps to assist with an intern at the city recreational department office at the public works building, 1500 W. Third St.

Kayla Drummond, city recreation coordinator, who began in the same internship with AmeriCorps, said she needed help in the office with paperwork and scheduling and cost for the intern is $8,925. The term would start Monday and run through Aug. 13, 2021.

Other items council is expected to review tonight include a memorandum of understanding with Lycoming County on an annual Edward Byrne Memorial Grant. The grant is $11,500 and would be administered by the county and be used for funding training law enforcement, refresher course training, and equipment such as flashlights and kits that can stop bleeding.

Jon Sander, city engineer, and Michael Miller, executive director of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, are expected to present the draft of the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan. The plan, which is required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requires the city and Loyalsock Township to reduce sediment load by 10 percent over the next five years.

In order to accomplish this, the city and township must build “best management practices” projects that help to infiltrate or capture stormwater before it gets into the municipal drainage system and eventually into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Susquehanna River and bay.

Price estimates for the projects are about $5 million between the two communities and are split 65 percent for the township and 35 percent for the city. It amounts of $3.2 million worth of projects in the township and $1.7 million in the city, Sander said.

Mark Killian, city fire chief, is expected to present a proposal to purchase a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for his departmental use only at a price of just under $32,000. The council also must vote on a lease agreement with M&T Bank to make the truck purchase. Killian reminded taxpayers at the finance committee meeting this week that the truck will be used only for department business and as chief he remained on duty and on call all of the time unless on personal vacation or a sick day.

The meetings are held remotely using Zoom technology as part of efforts to maintain safety in the COVID-19 pandemic. The meetings are accessible by going to the city website and following the prompts to find them on YouTube live stream.

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