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Williamsport Area Joint MS4s Joint Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Draft Plan

The City of Williamsport and Loyalsock Township (Applicants) discharge stormwater to surface waters located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and are therefore regulated by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Individual Permit to Discharge Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Sewer Systems. The Applicants submitted Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) individual permit applications and a Joint Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on October 1, 2018, and the Applicants have determined that the PRP should be amended so that it is an implementable plan with confidence that the proposed best management practices (BMPs) meet PADEP’s credit eligibility guidelines. This Joint Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan (CBPRP) was developed in accordance with both individual permit requirements, and it documents how the Applicants intend to achieve the pollutant reduction requirements listed in the PADEP Municipal MS4 Requirements Table1 and the NPDES Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) Instructions.

The City of Williamsport (City) and Loyalsock Township (Township) have approximately 9,792 acres of urbanized area within municipal boundaries and an additional 287 acres area that drains to stormwater systems within the City and Township’s municipal boundaries. The total 10,079 acres of urbanized area and contributing stormsewershed area are considered to be the planning area for the Applicants’ Joint PRP.  Loyalsock Township is in the Millers Run, Mill Creek-West Side of Loyalsock Creek, Little Bear Creek -Loyalsock Creek, and Lycoming Creek-West Branch of Susquehanna River HUC-12 watersheds.  Williamsport City is in the Millers Run, Lycoming Creek, and Quenshukeny Creek HUC-12 watersheds.

Please see below to review the plan documents.

Comments may be submitted to:

Jon Sander, PE
City Engineer

City Clerk Office
City of Williamsport
245 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

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CITY OF WILLIAMSPORT COVID-19 BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LOAN PROGRAM

The City of Williamsport has opened a COVID-19 BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LOAN PROGRAM to assist Williamsport’s small businesses to fill critical gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is proud to be able to support our local economy during this uncertain time. This program will provide loans to qualifying for-profit small business affected by COVID-19.

Eligible Business Include:

  • Less than 100 employees
  • Operating within the City of Williamsport
  • Shows need for assistance

The terms of loan include the following:

  • Loans will be offered at a minimum loan amount of $5,000 and a maximum loan amount of $50,000.
  • Requires that one (1) full-time job be created or retained for every $10,000 of assistance or one (1) part-time job be created or retained for every $5,000 of assistance.
  • Loan term will be offered for a ten (10) year term with loan payments deferred for the first two (2) years with no penalty for prepayment of loan.
  • Interest will accrue on the loan at a 0% interest rate for the first five (5) years, then at 0.5% starting in year six (6) and increasing 0.25% each year through year ten (10).
  • Applicant will receive 50% of the loan proceeds at the time of loan closing. The balance of the loan proceeds will be disbursed following the receipt of supporting documentation of previous expenditures.
  • An application fee of $500 that may be deducted from the loan proceeds.

USE AND PROCESS TO APPLY:

Eligible uses of loan funds are permitted to:

  1. Support existing business reopening or existing business expansion related to COVID-19.
  2. Assist working capital needs for the purchase of inventory, payroll, utilities, supplies and other expenses for operations as they existed pre-COVID-19. (If funds are requested for payroll, the hourly rate per employee must not exceed $26.44 per hour)
  3. Reimburse costs including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other documented costs occurring after March 1, 2020 if the business was required to cease operations.
  4. Stabilize and expand enterprises that provide medical, food delivery, cleaning, and other services to support home health and quarantine.

Ineligible uses of loan funds are:

  1. To acquire an equity position or interest in a private business.
  2. To subsidize interest payments on an existing loan.
  3. To invest in interest bearing accounts, CD’s or other investments.
  4. To engage in land banking and construction of spec buildings.
  5. To assist in relocation of jobs from the City of Williamsport.
  6. To fund a project that create a potential conflict of interest for any officers, employees, or any persons involved in the application process, review, awarding or administering of the loan.
  7. To provide equity contribution required of applications participating in federal programs.

Process to apply:

  1. Complete and submit an application. Applications can be received from the Office of Economic and Community Development or City of Williamsport Covid-19 Loan Program Application
  2. Provide a project narrative for the intended use of loan funds.
  3. Provide balance sheets and income/expense statements for the prior 3-years. (business tax returns will satisfy this requirement)
  4. Verification of ownership, insurance and business tax licenses.

Applications will be reviewed considering the following general criteria. Those applications with the highest scores will be prioritized for the first round of funding.

  1. Economic Impact
    1. Job creation/retention
    2. Financial impact of COVID-19 on business
    3. Need
  2. Financial Position:
    1. Number of employees at business
    2. Additional resources already secured (including but not limited to PPP and EIDL)
    3. Available collateral
  3. Use of Funds
    1. How loan funds will be spent
  4. Additional items
    1. Forced closure
    2. Age of business
    3. Support of employees during crisis
    4. Support of community during crisis
    5. Community impact of business
    6. Access of owner to other funding sources

PROJECT PROGRAM TIMELINE:

July 1, 2020 to August 7, 2020  –  Open Application Period
August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020  –  Application Review Period
August 24, 2020 to August 28, 2020  –  Loan Approval Period
Beginning August 31, 2020  –  Loans Disbursements Begin

 

City of Williamsport Covid-19 Loan Program Summary

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City of Williamsport Covid-19 Loan Program Manual

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City of Williamsport Covid-19 Loan Program Application

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The City of Williamsport Partners With Citibot to Launch TEXT WILLIAMSPORT

Office of The Mayor
Derek J. Slaughter

April 17, 2020
For Immediate Release

THE CITY OF WILLIAMSPORT PARTNERS WITH CITIBOT TO LAUNCH TEXT WILLIAMSPORT

Williamsport, PA – The City of Williamsport has launched Text Williamsport using Citibot technology, America’s first interactive text messaging and customer service solution for civic engagement with government.

Citibot is a communication tool for residents and their governments. Using text messaging,

Citibot helps citizens get messages, updates and communicate directly with city staff. Immediate topics the city plans to utilize this service for are COVID-19 updates and city news. Residents can also use Text Williamsport to search for city information.

Based in Charleston, SC, Citibot LLC was formed in 2016 with a mission of making cities and counties accessible for all. Bratton Riley, Citibot’s co-founder and CEO, was inspired by the evolution of the conversational chatbot and its ability to help governments be more accessible and accountable to every resident.

“People’s expectations of high-quality customer service are ever-increasing,” said Riley. “Cities like Williamsport are leading the way by delivering powerful solutions to maximize efficiency and enhance access to information and vital services.”

To start a conversation with Text Williamsport, residents can text “hello” to 855.922.2818.

About Citibot:

Citibot is a tool for residents and their governments to use for efficient and effective communication and civic change. Using text messaging, Citibot can help to report a problem, search the city website, send notifications and view analytics. Citibot empowers residents to solve city problems and get questions answered immediately via text message. For more information visit http://citibot.io or connect with Citibot on Twitter (@citibot_io), Facebook (/citibotio) or Instagram (@citibot).

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Williamsport City Council Meeting April 16, 2020 Moved to 6:30 pm

City Council to Leverage Technology to Hold Upcoming Council Meetings Remotely – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures encouraged by federal, state, county, and municipal leaders, Williamsport City Council will hold their regular meeting on April 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm remotely rather than in person at Trade and Transit Centre.  City Council will leverage the virtual meeting platform Zoom, which allows collaboration of groups remotely via video conferencing and dial-in technology. The public will be able to watch the council session live through streaming capabilities. Access to the live meeting can be found at the following locations:

Comments from the Public: Members of the public can comment on any issue facing the city at the end of the meetings following comments from City Council members and members of the Administration. Any member of the public wishing to comment at the end of City Council’s virtual meetings can send an email to publiccomment@cityofwilliamsport.org email messages will be read into the record by the City solicitor.  Please review the policy below pertaining to the acceptance of emailed messages.

Policy for Public Comment During Remote Meetings:

  • Public comments will only be accepted as emailed messages sent to publiccomment@cityofwilliamsport.org
  • Emailed messages should be limited to 300 words – in keeping with the 3 minute rule for public speaking.
  • Emailed messages should be addressed to the “President of Council” and should be related to the business of the City.
  • The message should list the full name and address of the individual submitting the message.
  • Messages will only be queued to be read into the record if sent between 6:00 PM EDT – 7:30 PM EDT on the evening of the Council Meeting as received by the City of Williamsport mail server.  Message received outside of this time will not be read into the record and will be deleted.
  • Each member of the public is limited to one message per meeting, the first message received during the set times listed above will be the message that is read into the record.
  • The sender of the public comment message will receive an automatic reply from “Public Comment” with the following in the body of the message “Thank you for submitting your public comment message, the message has been received.”  If the sender does not receive this automatic reply their message has not been received by the mail server.
  • The City of Williamsport employs various technologies to secure its network, and cannot guarantee that an email message will not be blocked by our spam filter or other security technology.  If the sender does not receive an automatic reply, the message may have been blocked and not delivered by the mail server.  Should the public have a concern that their email message may be blocked, the City encourages members of the public to submit a test message prior to the meeting to check if an automatic reply is received.  If an automatic reply is not received, the public should contact the City Clerk.

Failure to comply with the above-outlined rules shall deem the message non-compliant and will not be read into the record.

UPDATED PROCLAMATION

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
DEREK J. SLAUGHTER

April 3, 2020
Williamsport, PA
For Immediate Release

UPDATED PROCLAMATION

I am providing this as an update to the emergency declarations/proclamations issued by the City.

On April 2, 2020, City Council met and passed a Resolution to continue my Proclamation until at least April 30, 2020. They also further limited the maximum group size to 10 people. This applies to all property within the City and at all hours.

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Editors: For more information, contact:
Derek Slaughter
mayorslaughter@cityofwilliamsport.org

City Council Extends Business and Real Estate Tax Payment & Filing Deadlines

Office of the Treasurer
Nicholas Grimes, PQMC

April 2, 2020
For Immediate Release

Williamsport, PA – The City Council of Williamsport approved at their April 2nd, 2020 meeting the extension of deadlines to pay real estate taxes and filings and payments of mercantile and business privilege taxes.

The resolutions allow the citizens of Williamsport an extension to the deadlines to pay City real estate taxes at the discounted rate from April 30th, 2020 to June 30th, 2020 and an extension to pay at the face rate from June 30th, 2020 to August 31st, 2020. The resolution also extends the deadline to file and pay 2020 business privilege and mercantile taxes from April 15th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020.

These extensions are intended to help City residents and businesses affected by this crisis by allowing additional time to pay municipal real estate taxes and allowing additional time to file and pay City of Williamsport business privilege and mercantile taxes.

The Lycoming County Municipal and School Earned Income Tax Office also announced that the deadline to file and pay local earned income taxes has been extended from April 15th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020. This new deadline is in-line with the new state and federal income tax deadlines.

These extensions would not apply to County, School, or other municipalities’ taxes unless their governing bodies would approve similar extensions.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Williamsport Office of the Treasurer by email at treasurer@cityofwilliamsport.org or by phone at (570) 327-7521.

2020 Census – Census Day is April 1

Every ten years the Census counts everyone living in the U.S. and it’s meant to count
everyone living in your home on April 1.

Why is the census so important?
The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key
public services like schools, health care centers, and transportation. The count also
determines how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also
use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school
districts.

It’s never been easier to respond to the census without meeting a Census Taker. Make
sure your household is counted!

Respond at my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.