The Williamsport Bureau of Police will have another officer on the streets in two weeks following approval by the City Council.
Officer Jacob Huling, 25, who is certified, is expected to begin work as of May 16. That will bring the department complement back to what it is budgeted for at 48 officers after the retirement Friday of Lt. Steve Helm makes it 47 until Huling begins
working on the scheduled date.
Council held a first reading of an ordinance creating the volunteer position of Police Chaplain within the Williamsport Bureau of Police as presented by Chief Justin Snyder. The chaplain will be a position under the auspices of the chief or another designee. He or she will not be armed but will be fitted with body armor.
Council held the nomination and appointed Shawn Marie Arroyo as the next city treasurer. She was appointed following a special City Council meeting on Monday, when candidates for the position were publicly interviewed. Arroyo will serve as treasurer until Jan. 2, 2024.
Treasurer Nicholas Grimes has resigned to take a position outside of city government at Keystone Central School District.
Other actions approved:
• Awarded the construction contractor for the Shaw Park Splash Pad to Landserv, Inc. as presented by Jon Sander, city engineer.
• Awarded construction services for the Lose Park Improvements Project to Landserv, Inc. as presented by August “Skip” Memmi, director of city community and economic development.
• Appointed Noah Bower to the River Valley Transit Authority Board for a five-year term.
• Accepted resignation of Grimes and passed a resolution honoring Grimes as presented by Council President Adam Yoder.
• Approved on first reading an article in the International Property Maintenance Code as presented by Joe Gerardi, city codes administrator.
• Passed resolution of agreement with McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall regarding business privilege tax.
• Approved an addendum to the Master Services Agreement with Business Information Group, Inc. The company is seeking a cost increase going from $170 per hour to $180 per hour.
• Passed two resolutions for real estate exoneration, one on Meade Street for a disabled veteran and the other regarding Trade and Transit Centre II.
• Authorized first renewal of an agreement for legal services with the city Solicitor Austin White, McCormick Law
• Approved first renewal of an agreement for legal services with the Assistant Solicitor Casale and Bonner and Attorney Norman Lubin.
• Authorized first renewal of an agreement for legal services with the city transit Solicitor Summers Nagy and Attorney Jill Nagy.
• Amended a resolution of the City of Williamsport, County of Lycoming, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approving the transfer of Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensee into Williamsport from Jersey Shore, as presented by Lubin. This is a step toward allowing liquor to be sold at the John Ryan Brewery at 151 E. Third St.
• Awarded life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance coverages.
• Authorized a professional services agreement between Williamsport Bureau of Fire and Higher Information Group regarding a new printer for an office.
• Granted demolitions for Lycoming College at 101 Union Ave. and 119 Washington Blvd. and at 969 Second St. to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.