The Department of Public Works performs a multitude of tasks that are carried out during all four seasons. It is comprised of four departments: streets, parks, traffic control & flood control.

These departments have a number of responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, the maintenance of city streets/alleys, brush & leaf removal, snow events, maintaining public parks, maintaining street lights/traffic lights, and levee maintenance/flood control.

Storm Water Management Ordinance

Ordinance 6211 – Amending Title 11 of the Storm Water Management Ordinance

Only Rain Down the Drain

City Parks

Public Works is responsible for maintaining City parks and Splash Cove, formerly known as Memorial Pool. Responsibilities include:  mowing, trimming, keeping all areas clean and free of trash, playground maintenance, tree care, preparation of flower beds for planting in the spring, weed control, leaf removal in the fall, and sidewalk snow and ice removal in the winter.

Brandon Park, on the north end of Market Street, only a few blocks from Lycoming College, has grass areas, trees, children’s play equipment, a Band Shell, a baseball field and six lighted tennis courts.

Memorial Park on West Fourth Street, is the Home of Bowman Field and the minor league Crosscutters baseball team.

Memorial Park has children’s play equipment, picnic tables and 2 pickle ball courts. Six public tennis courts and the Elm Park Softball Field are located on the south side of West Fourth Street near Memorial Park. Elm Park is a city facility managed by the Williamsport Soft Ball Association. The Original Little League Field is across the street from Memorial Park.

Bowman Field is utilized during Little League to host the MLB Little League Classic.

Young Woods is located in East End. It has a picnic pavillion, basketball court and children’s playground area.

Newberry Park is located near Poplar Street in Williamsport’s West End. It has a perimeter walking path, playground designed for children 2 to 5 and 6 to 12 years of age, a green area, where the spring Newberry Lions Fair is held, and a Bocce court.

Shaw Place in East End is on Sherman Street. Shaw Place has the longest park walking path in Williamsport, playground equipment, a softball field, soccer field, tennis courts and a hitting wall.

Lose School Playground has a walking path, basketball court and play area. It is located on 1100 block Memorial Avenue.

Susquehanna State Park, a 20 acre river front recreational area in Newberry off Arch Street, is home of the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat.

Veterans Memorial Park, in the extreme West End of the City, contains memorials of past United States and world conflicts. It is easily accessible from West Fourth Street.

570-326-4684

1550 W 3rd St
Williamsport, PA 17701

Other Services

To report a City Street Light outage, contact the Streets and Parks Dispatcher at 570-326-4684 or report the outage at Williamsport Streetlight Reporter. You will need to have the street light pole number and location to file a report. Please allow up to 7 days for the repair to be completed.

The City of Williamsport Pothole Hot Line is open 24/7. Call 570-326-6399 to report a pothole located on City maintained streets.

The City of Williamsport will install “Handicapped Reserved Parking Signs” at the home of residents with special needs. The following items are necessary when requesting a sign:

  • A copy of your handicap placard or vehicle registration card.
  • If you are a renter, a letter from the property owner granting permission to install the sign. (No letter necessary if it is an owner occupied home.)
  • $100.00 fee is charged for the sign & before sign is errected, payment must be paid in full, with a check made out to the City of Williamsport. No partial payments. No credit card payment.
  • Allow up to 7 days for installation.

Remember, although the sign is erected adjacent to your property, it is on a public right-of-way, which allows any individual with a handicap placard or license plate to park there.

Signs identifying private driveways can be erected for a fee of $100.00. The driveway must meet code specifications. Before sign is erected payment must be paid in full. No parial payments. No credit card payment. Payment must be with a check made out to the City of Williamsport. Allow up to 7 days to erect sign. If a vehicle is blocking a private driveway, The Williamsport Bureau of Police is the enforcing body.

The Williamsport Streets Department employs a working supervisor, welder, mechanics, equipment operators, cement installer, dispatcher, sweeper operator, truck drivers, and laborer. The Department maintains 105 miles of streets and 50 miles of alleys. The Streets Department is responsible for:

  • Plowing and salt spreading during snow/ice events.
  • Snow removal from the Central Business District and city parking lots.
  • Patching potholes.
  • Grading alleys and roadway shoulders.
  • Street sweeping.
  • Spring brush/leaves pickup
  • Leaf pickup in the Fall.
  • Catch basin cleaning and rebuilding.
  • Cleaning the Central Business District.
  • Cleaning a recycling areas.
  • Clearing debris from 4 runs.
  • Repairing sinkholes.
  • Removing fallen trees from roadways.
  • Assisting with launching and removing the Hiawatha Riverboat from Susquehanna Park.
  • Maintaining our department vehicles and Williamsport Police vehicles, Codes Dept. vehicles, and some Fire Dept. vehicles.
  • Assisting with special events throughout the year.

Snow Removal and Rain Storms:

The City policy is to clear major arterials, collector streets, bus routes and ambulance routes, then secondary streets and finally alleys. When the snow has stopped and all these areas are open, the City plows again, pushing snow to within one foot of the curb. Every effort is made to avoid placing the snow back on the sidewalks or closing off driveways; however, sometimes this is unavoidable because of the weight of the snow and the force of the plow truck pushing it. Your patience is appreciated. If possible, wait until the trucks complete their final run pushing back the snow, before clearing your property completely. It takes approximately 8 to 10 hours after a storm has stopped to open up the streets and plow-back in a city the size of Williamsport.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk and crosswalks. (City Ordinance Article #733.01.)

Tips for clearing snow from your property after a storm:

  • Do not shovel snow into the street. This is a code violation.
  • Before clearing your driveway, wait until city crews have plowed the street, then open up your driveway plus an additional 10 to 15 feet in the direction of on-coming traffic. This allows snow accumulating on the truck plow to empty into that area and not across the driveway you have just worked so hard to open.
  • Do not pile snow at intersections or at the front or rear of your parked car.
  • Property owners have an affirmative duty to keep fire hydrants and storm sewer outlets and grates abutting their property as clear as possible. (City Ordinance Article #733).

During heavy rains, it is the responsibility of the property owner to keep drainage areas such as catch basins and inlets open. This permits rapid discharge of water.

Benefits of Recycling

Keeping recyclable materials out of the waste stream not only extends to lifespan of the local waste facilities, it also allows the materials to become a new material and decreases your environmental footprint.

Benefits according to Environmental Protection Agency of United States:

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  • Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

 

Recycling in Your Community

Businesses and residents located within a mandated community are required by law (the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 101 of 1988) to recycle and separate leaf waste from other municipal waste. The City of Williamsport is one of the mandated communities. Mandated communities are established from the population and population density by square mile data collected by the recent US Census.

According to Act 101, Chapter 15:

“A municipality other than a county that has a population of more than 5,000 people but less than 10,000 people and that has a population density of more than 300 people per square mile shall establish and implement a source-separation and collection program for recyclable materials in accordance with this section.”

“The municipality must adopt an ordinance or regulation requiring all of the following:

  • Residents must separate leaf waste from other municipal waste, unless those residents have otherwise provided for the composting of leaf waste.
  • Residents to separate at least three materials deemed appropriate by the municipality from other municipal waste generated at their homes, apartments and other residential establishments and to store such materials until collection. The three materials shall be chosen from the following: clear glass, colored glass, aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans, high-grade office paper, newsprint, corrugated paper and plastics.
  • Commercial, municipal or institutional establishments to separate high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper and leaf waste and other materials deemed appropriate by the municipality generated at commercial, municipal or institutional establishments and from community activities”

 

Residential Recycling Options

Requirement – Residents must recycle at least three materials deemed appropriate by the municipality from other municipal waste.

  1. Limited Curbside Collection (separated collection of glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, and aluminum cans)

This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

Schedule – http://www.lyco.org/Departments/Resource-Management-Services/Recycling/Curbside-Collection

  1. Single stream Curbside Collection (comingled collection of all acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers #1-7, and cartons)

This service is provided by private waste haulers, http://www.lyco.org/Departments/Resource-Management-Services/Recycling/Single-Stream.

  1. Drop-off recycling site located at 1550 West Third Street, Williamsport (source separated drop-off of acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, and plastic bottles and containers #1&2)

This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

 

Commercial Recycling Options

Requirement – Commercial businesses, municipal or institutional establishments must separate high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper and leaf waste and other materials deemed appropriate by the municipality generated at commercial, municipal or institutional establishments and from community activities

  1. Limited Curbside Collection (separated collection of glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, and aluminum cans)

This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

  1. Single stream Curbside Collection (comingled collection of all acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers #1-7, and cartons)

This service is provided by private waste haulers, http://www.lyco.org/Departments/Resource-Management-Services/Recycling/Single-Stream.

  1. Drop-off recycling site 1550 West Third Street, Williamsport (source separated drop-off of acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, and plastic bottles and containers #1&2)

This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

 

Leaf Waste (City of Williamsport)

Requirement – Residents must separate leaf waste from other municipal waste, unless those residents have otherwise provided for the composting of leaf waste.

City brush/mulch site located at 1500 W. Third Street, Williamsport, hours of operation Monday-Friday 7:15 am to 3:15 pm.

Yard Debris Pick-up is April 27 and runs to May 11, 2019.

 

For More Information:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/uconsCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&yr=1988&sessInd=0&smthLwInd=0&act=101&chpt=15&sctn=1&subsctn=0

https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics