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Allison, Miele stay as president, VP

It will be another year at the helm of City Council for two veteran council members.

Council reelected Randall J. Allison, president, and Liz Miele vice president, at its recent reorganizational meeting.

The roll call vote was 7-0 on the nominations and elections of Allison and Miele.

“We know it is a team effort,” Allison said after the vote. “We have really seen it this past year,” he said. “It has taken every single member of council to be totally engaged and involved,” he said.

Miele noted how Allison did yeoman’s work guiding the council through a

challenging year with COVID-19 and its financial impact on the city.

In other business, council approved the James David Robinson Cultural Arts grant award of $3,000 to be split between the Community Arts Center and Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

Kayla Drummond, city recreation director, said the grant was a part of the settlement to the Robinson family who lost their son in a car accident involving a city patrolman at East Third and Railway streets.

The Community Arts Center has an educational series for youngsters. It its application it said: “The arts build empathy and understanding, two virtues mostly missing from our society today.”

The educational series gives youngsters understanding and builds their self-confidence, said Councilwoman Bonnie Katz.

“How many third class cities can claim they have a symphony orchestra?” she asked.

Thirty years ago, the city had $15,000 for various arts programs.

“Those days are gone right now,” Allison said. “Hopefully, we can get back to it.”

Council meets next at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 by remote.

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