OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
DEREK J. SLAUGHTER
April 3, 2020
For Immediate Release
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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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
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.
March 30, 2020
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:
- City of Williamsport Website: cityofwilliamsport.org
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQVfG0Xy_b0QFolAvb_ZxaA
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or by phone at (570) 419-7788.
March 28, 2020
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.”
As the first month in office ends, I want to share some of what my administration has been working on. I will provide updates on a regular basis as part of my promise to be transparent and to keep everyone informed.
Our initial focus has been on buttoning up city finances and evaluating our general organization. There are a number of contracts and agreements we have been reviewing to update and improve contract language. These agreements include the Hiawatha, Endless Mountains Transportation Authority (EMTA), the Williamsport Parking Authority and others. Additionally, we are filling administrative positions as well as updating the appointments and reappointments to various boards throughout the city.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be sending out request for proposals (RFPs) as part of the Strategic Management Planning Program (STMP). This program is being made available to Williamsport through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). STMP will assist us in developing and implementing a multi-year financial strategic plan.
I have spoken with other PA Mayors whose cities have participated in this strategic financial planning process. Their endorsements have been strong and clear.
By using STMP, we will manage our tax dollars more effectively. Better, smarter financial management is the end goal. We will soon publish new RFPs for professional consulting services and legal services. Our goal is to steadily review and strengthen the proposal and contract language for all of the City’s contract needs.
We have very good news to support our commitment to make Williamsport’s city streets
- The City’s first K-9 officer will be hitting the streets in the very near future. We
continue to receive donations in support of our K-9 program and those donations are
making a difference for our community.
- City Council approved a new hire to add an additional officer to our police
- City Council recently approved the purchase of software that will assist our police
department in completing a professional accreditation program.
There are challenges facing our city. My administration is just getting started; we intend
to move quickly to establish higher standards for department and program management
that will provide a more transparent and open government. Positive changes have
started; we will continue to move forward.
Please reach out to my office with any questions or concerns:
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The Brandon Park Rehabilitation Project is underway with the completion of the resurfacing of the tennis courts. The courts look great and they are ready just in time to enjoy some fun fall play! The lighting system for the tennis courts will soon be renovated to include new controls, LED luminaires and reconstruction of the deteriorated concrete bases.
The remaining scope of work for the project includes the resurfacing of the parking lot next to the Bandshell and the installation of a Nature Play play area. The Nature Play portion of the project will improve the natural habitat of the park with the use of native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. Additional landscaping and tree planting will also take place.
This project has been made possible with funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and HUD Community Development Block Grant funds.
In the future, the City will be doing renovations to the Brandon Park Bandshell that includes brickwork, structural repairs, and handicapped accessibility improvements. The City was fortunate to receive a grant for these improvements from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund and the Dr. Randall F. Hipple Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
Brandon Park is a unique treasure in the City of Williamsport that offers natural beauty and recreational options for all to enjoy. The City is excited to have these opportunities to make Brandon Park even better!