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Borough manager, safety director granted renewed contract

South Williamsport Borough Council has authorized a five-year contract renewal for the position of borough manager and director of public safety.

The contract renewal for Steven W. Cappelli is $120,000 a year.

Cappelli began the job about three years ago for $70,000 a year as manager and $20,000 as director of public safety.

Councilman Casey Lowmiller, vice president, was the lone vote against the contract renewal as presented. Lowmiller cited his concern over equity in salary increase compared to other employees and with an item regarding benefits.

“I think the council recognized that I had not had a raise in three years,” Cappelli said.

Cappelli also spoke to the Sun-Gazette and identified several positive steps for the borough since he took office.

The borough has not had an annual tax increase in its operating budget for several years, he said.

The borough entered a mutually acceptable merger between the boroughs of South Williamsport and DuBoistown Borough in terms of providing 24-7 coverage and a continuity of police patrol, he said.

The borough has a close working relationship with DuBoistown in terms of its water and sewer maintenance and upgrades under Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority and the Lycoming County Commissioners. Its consultants work as a team with the borough on the continuing levee recertification needs, he said.

Projects that count toward best management practices are jointly done by the borough and DuBoistown, he said.

The borough public works department has obtained over $700,000 in vehicle and equipment replacement grants. The borough sold surplus equipment and brought in $2.3 million in revenue that can be used for purchasing new trucks and equipment or put into a rainy day account.

Currently, efforts are under way to fund and design a community center at the South Williamsport Community Park.

Furthermore, Cappelli serves as ambassador of the borough when the world spotlight is on it during the annual Little League World Series.

Council also took action that included:

• Approving an ordinance for the permanency of stop signs at the intersection of Fleming Street, East Mountain Avenue and Southmont Avenue.

• Authorizing a temporary one-way for West Bald Eagle Street and North Street.

• Granted approval for a speed-safety sign that DuBoistown Borough will pay half of the costs for to control speeding motorists.

• Approved the 223 SPCA Paws Run.

• Approved a Pennsylvania CareerLink Job Fair.

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