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Williamsport City Hall appraisal delayed due to firm backing out

Williamsport's City Hall at 245 West Fourth Street. SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Williamsport City Council has learned of a firm backing out of doing an appraisal of City Hall.

Nestarick Appraisal & Consulting decided not to do an appraisal after it received a positive recommendation earlier in the week from the finance committee.

“We have another firm who wants to do it,” said Jon Sander, city engineer. “That proposal will come to the council in a few weeks.”

Solicitors Austin White and Jill Nagy said an appraisal of the building and property was the next best step as the administration decides what it will do with City Hall.

City Hall has about $6.1 million worth of repairs and improvements needed to be functional after it was condemned in September due to heavy water damage and then sustained additional water damage due to a broken heating system in December, Sander said.

Bandshell

The final design of the Brandon Park Bandshell repairs will be decided another time and the item remained as tabled or undecided. The company

proposing to do the final bandshell design, Ganett Fleming, indicated that it would submit a revised proposal with all services that were discussed two weeks ago. Architect Michael Snyder told the city engineer he is revising the plan.

The bandshell requires a new roof, strengthening of the stage, brick and mortar work and accessibility upgrades to the bathrooms. Alternates such as a vertical lift may be in the design.

The city has $280,000 in funds and commitment from First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania and funding from Lycoming County for the construction, Sander said.

Safety trailer is a go

Council approved transfer of $19,000 in order to pay for a trailer, barricades and supporting cones for emergencies and special events for the Department of Public Works as per required by the State Department of Transportation. The money will be from the American Rescue Plan fund.

Information technology director appointed

Council passed a resolution appointing Kris Black as city director of the Department of Information Technology on the city side of employment as of July 1, once River Valley Transit Authority takes effect. He is working on a process to move into the city as per ordinance. On Sept. 20, the position has a salary of $70,000, a salary that is not anticipated to change in 2023, Councilwoman Liz Miele, finance committee chair, said.

Council President Adam Yoder voted against the position appointment as presented. Councilwoman Bonnie Katz was absent.

Council’s next meeting is 7 p.m. June 23.

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