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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.

City Council to Leverage Technology to Hold Upcoming Council Meetings Remotely

March 30, 2020
Williamsport, PA
For Immediate Release

City Council to Leverage Technology to Hold Upcoming Council Meetings Remotely

Williamsport, PA – 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 2nd, 2020 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:

As with all in person City Council meetings, public comment is available and welcomed in this virtual format. There are two times available during every City Council meeting – Limited Courtesy of the Floor at the beginning of every meeting, and Comments from the Public at the end of every meeting. The procedures for the public to leverage these opportunities to engage City Council during these upcoming virtual meetings are as follows:

  • Limited Courtesy of the Floor: Members of the public can request limited courtesy of the floor by requesting time from the City Clerk by 3 pm the day before a regularly scheduled council meeting. Requests can be sent via email at cityclerk@cityofwilliamsport.org, must include a contact phone number, and are limited to an item listed on the agenda. For remote meetings, the Office of Information Technology will call the requestor via phone to speak at their scheduled time.
  • Comments from the Public: Members of the public can speak 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 speak at the end of City Council’s virtual meetings can call into the following number – (570) 329-3314. Calls will be managed by the Office of Information Technology and will be answered in the order that members of the public call in. Comments by the public are limited to 3 minutes.

All future meetings will continue to be held remotely until current social distancing measures are no longer needed, at which time all meetings will be held in person at the Trade and Transit Centre II.

If you have any questions, please contact Council President Randy Allison by email at rjallison1@comcast.net or by phone at (570) 419-7788.

Mask Crusaders Equipment Donation for Frontline Workers

March 28, 2020
Williamsport, PA
For Immediate

Williamsport, PA – Mayor Derek Slaughter has partnered with Mask Crusaders to offer equipment donations to frontline workers battling COVID-19. Below is a press release from Mask Crusaders:

“As the COVID crisis escalates, frontline workers who are not able to self-isolate are left with limited resources protecting them. Artists, builders, restaurants and others who had to shutter their businesses during the crisis have materials on hand. We are calling for those with materials to donate to those in need.

If you, or anyone you know, have any supply of needed equipment such as gloves and masks, please consider donating them to those on the frontline of the COVID-19 Pandemic at bit.ly/MaskCrusadersWilliamsportPA-Donations . Thank you for standing in solidarity with one another.

Frontline workers can receive donations by finding what they need on the form bit.ly/MaskCrusadersWilliamsportPA-Recipients and then reaching out to them directly to pick up. It is really simple and fast, no go-between, so we were able to “collect” and “distribute” over 3,000 units after launching it this weekend, with thousands more available for pickup at any given time!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! (links are case sensitive)

• TO MAKE DONATIONS: bit.ly/MaskCrusadersWilliamsportPA-Donations

• TO RECEIVE DONATIONS: bit.ly/MaskCrusadersWilliamsportPA-Recipients

ps… NOW IN 10 CITIES AND GROWING! To find the donation and recipient links for your city, or start your own chapter, please visit bit.ly/MaskCrusaders or reach out to us at MaskCrusaders2020@gmail.com.”

Editors: For more information, contact: MaskCrusaders2020@gmail.com Or mayorslaughter@cityofwilliamsport.org