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The Williamsport City Council approved $700,000 in various community development block grants from the previous and ongoing year for a portion of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire’s purchase of three fire trucks.

The fire engines – two engines and a ladder antenna – are on order, said fire chief Sam Aungst.

The rest of the $3.2 million cost for the three devices is expected to come from the American Rescue Plan fund.

The council approved an ordinance freeing up part of Poplar and Webb streets in the Fifth Ward. This will allow a resident to install a gate or fence to prevent illegal dumping of trash in the neighborhood.

The council approved a resolution accepting a donation for work to be completed by building the Williamsport Area High School Vocational and Technical Education to use a $5,000 grant the district secured for provide real-world experience for projects in Brandon Park.

Council passed a resolution to approve the partnership agreement between the town and Rec Desk for the purchase of software to help bring more modern and efficient systems to the recreation department. This will allow for credit card and electronic payments and reservations for pool passes, clubhouse rentals and summer camp registration.

Council passed a resolution accepting the purchase of six benches and two picnic tables by the Brandon Park Commission. Donations will be made for three benches and two tables. The rest will be taken from the park account with no impact on the general fund.

The council approved several resolutions concerning the purchase of firefighter outfits and equipment for an amount of approximately $200,000. Costs will be paid from ARPA funds. The board authorized an agreement between Williamsport Bureau of Fire and Witmer Public Safety Group; with municipal emergency services; with Susquehanna Fire Equipment and Dival Safety.

The council has approved a resolution allowing the sale of a gas stove as the fire department renovates the fire station kitchen. The new stove meets the ventilation needs of the kitchen.

The Council approved a resolution authorizing the submission of the Certified Local Government Grant for 2022 to the State Historic Preservation Office. The $25,000 grant requires a 10% match of $2,500. This will help bring the ordinance drafted in 1975 into the 21st century. This will help to know how the city classifies its historic buildings and properties in the historic district and elsewhere and to update the records by putting them in digitized form.

Mayor Derek Slaughter read a proclamation honoring Miss Pennsylvania Sydney Robertson.

The following mayoral nominations have been approved: Jennifer Dudek has been appointed to the Ways Garden Commission for a lifetime term.

Dudek is a municipal employee, master gardener and holder of a degree in forestry.

Darline Kellers has been appointed for a four-year term on the Historic Architecture Review Board ending April 1, 2026.

Fred Kellers was appointed for a five-year term at HARB.

The next regular city council meeting will be April 14 at 7 p.m. at Trade & Transit II, 144 W. Third St. third floor.

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