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The city is planning another working session to review the possible distribution of the $25.5 million in U.S. bailout funds Williamsport is entitled to at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Trade and Transit II and remotely.

The city received $12.7 million and plans a similar amount in the spring, Mayor Derek Slaughter said.

The city administration and the city council have reduced what they consider to be priorities and eligible projects for the use of the funding. The city has until 2024 to allocate and 2026 to spend the funds.

Ideas were mooted such as funding a land reserve, improving city-owned Brandon Park baseball diamonds, water parks, seawall work, arts and entertainment, development and retention homes and businesses, improving technology for efficiency, and improving transparency and public safety for police and fire departments.

The board and administration are also considering which projects could receive state or federal grants and which ones would be best invested with bailout funds.

Slaughter said the working sessions and online survey on the city’s website are helping city officials deliver on their promise not to nickel and dime funds, but to pursue the best use of the transformational amount of funds available. for the city.

Slaughter said the amount of bailout funds roughly equals the city’s annual budgets each year. The latest budget is $28.6 million, so that’s pretty much it.

In other business, council approved a janitorial services contract with Choice Carpet Cleaners for the City Public Works Building and Trade and Transit Centers I and II.

Choice Carpet Cleaners will clean the public works building at 1500 W. Third St. for a rate of $30 a day Monday, Wednesday and Friday, according to Scott Livermore, director of public works. The fare for public transit facilities is $90 per day and Monday through Friday, he said.

A street line paving agreement has been approved for Mid-Atlantic. That’s $6,248 more due to the extra linear feet of paint required, Livermore said. The additional cost will be taken from a surplus of liquid fuels from the previous year.

A Certificate of Suitability has been approved for Tim and Sandra Butters, owners of a planned restaurant at 454 Pine St. They will have an awning in the main entrance. An open pergola and fenced area will be in front and there will be small outdoor seating in a rear dining area.

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