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The City of Williamsport has a new Treasurer, Kevin Mackey, following City Council approval Thursday night.

The Board has previously held talks with Mackey and Shawn Arroyo, the latter of whom has stepped down.

Mackey, who is unrelated to City Councilor Jon Mackey, will replace outgoing treasurer Nicholas Grimes, who served as treasurer since 2015, handed in his resignation letter on April 15 and accepted a job offer at Keystone Central School District.

During the previous board interview, Mackey said he was qualified and eager to learn the ins and outs of the treasurer’s department.

It will be a year and a half before voters decide who will be the next city treasurer in a general election.

WAVES deal sealed

Council approved a resolution authorizing a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Williamsport WAVES swim team for use of the Memorial Park pool. This is an ongoing agreement that has been updated after legal review by counsel regarding insurance, membership and city contribution issues.

Riverwalk Connector Grant Application

approved

Council has authorized the city to seek funding from the Greenways, Trails, & Recreation Program (GTRP) for the ongoing Basin Riverwalk Street Connection project. The grant of $96,900 requires a match of $17,100. It would provide funding for the project – a connection of sidewalks and pedestrian/cyclist lanes to access the Susquehanna Riverwalk. It’s part of the Interstate 180 ramp at the Riverwalk, said city engineer Jon Sander.

Councilman Randall J. Allison said it was a long-desired improvement to the river walk, to provide safer access, and told the public works committee it would help tourism by providing safe and direct access from businesses in the city center and those in the East. Third Street Old City Gateway redevelopment area to river walk.

The project has the support of the city, county and Lycoming College, who all share this vision of connectivity and safer pedestrian access to the walking path.

Councilor Eric Beiter said he frequently parks his car and crosses train tracks to access the river walk. He asked how those who use it will be assured that they are crossing the railway tracks safely. Sander said the final design will be part of another stage of plans in conjunction with people from the SEDA-Council of Governments and its Joint Rail Authority, as well as input from the US Army Corps of Engineers, needed for a permit attached to the dike.

Councilor Liz Miele agreed to continue the grant, but noted that it was not enough money to complete the project. This is an estimate made by an engineering firm, Larson Design Group, Sander said. If additional funds are needed, the city may be able to use American Rescue Plan Act funds for recreational purposes, Sander said.

Final Bandshell Design Registered

Council tabled a resolution awarding final design services to Gannett Fleming for the Brandon Park Bandshell.

Michael Snyder, the company’s vice-chairman, said he would go back and consider the council’s issues, including the overall scope of work which would include a wheelchair-accessible interior lift and damp-mitigation. The proposal was for $41,000 and the city has $280,000 to spend on construction. The bandshell is in need of structural repairs such as roof, mortar and brick replacement, structural stage reinforcement, and bathroom accessibility improvements.

Snyder said the final design included architectural, mechanical and electrical elements to bring the facility up to code.

“Given our limited funding, we are trying to understand the full scope of the work,” Miele said.

Allison agreed, saying her concern is that since the project was first considered years ago, the cost of labor and materials has increased.

He suggested that the city would need an estimate for each component of the project.

For example, how much would it cost to design and add an accessible vertical lift? Would it be $20,000 or $100,000?

Sander is also looking for these more concrete aspects. “I assumed that the construction cost estimate was part of the final design,” said Sander.

Councilor Vince Pulizzi recommended tabling the resolution as there were too many questions about the scope of design and construction.

Security Trailer Purchase Request Granted

The council approved a resolution authorizing the city to award the purchase of a traffic control safety trailer that complies with state Department of Transportation regulations, as presented by Scott Livermore, Director of the Department of Public Works from the city.

The price for a new, outfitted trailer was $26,000, so Livermore said he found a new trailer for $4,700 and separate traffic cones and barricades for special events and emergencies for $13,200. .

The saving was nearly $7,000 and the project did not exceed $19,000 as proposed. The purchase using U.S. bailout funds was reviewed by UHY, the city’s ARPA adviser. The 7,000 listed on the proposed purchase document was his weight and not the miles driven, a subject Livermore was asked to consider at the public works committee when noticed by Pulizzi. The trailer is new.

Various objects

Other actions taken by the board included approving:

• A resolution awarding all the offers

• Resolution to amend a resolution authorizing the purchase agreement with Glick Fire Equipment. The city’s Fire Bureau placed an order for three devices – two fire engines and a ladder equipped with a $3.3 million pump. Purchases will be made through the US bailout and Community block grants.

• Resolution amending the contract between the city and the SEDA-Council of Governments.

• Demolition at 723 Sheridan Street for Bryan and Katie Coffey. The couple own the store next door, said city codes administrator Joe Gerardi. This property is vacant and was put on a downlist in December. The intention is to raze and rebuild a usable support building in a residential area.

• Certificate of Relevance – 128 East Third St. Carl and Pamela Crouse. The walls are leaning and the owners want to remove the roof and provide brick panels, paint the building and make sure the roof cornice is tight against the building.

• Certificates of Relevance – 932 W. Third St. Property Renovation Plan (Removed from demolition for Mirabito Properties Inc.).

The next regular Board meeting will be June 9 at 7 p.m., Trade and Transit II, 144 W. Third St. 3rd Floor, and online.



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