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Return to Work Resources

This page provides links to resources to help individuals, families, and businesses as the City navigates this phased reopening.

Check back frequently, as this page will be updated as resources become available.

US Foods – Restaurant Reopening Blueprint

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce has established a pool of $200,000 in funds that it will use to make grants and loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Lycoming County Small Business Relief Fund Grant & Loan Program Application

Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory
Getting Back to Business Safely – Presented by UPMC and Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce
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Manufacturer Return to Operations & Best Practice Guide – Presented Innovative Manufactures’ Center
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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.

City of Williamsport Response to COVID-19

Starting May 11, 2020, The Bureau of Codes will accept permit applications, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, the office will be closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00.  Please enter through the West St. lower level entrance, across from the Williamsport Water Authority.  All applicants and visitors must wear a mask.

May 3, 2020Starting May 4, 2020, The Bureau of Codes will accept permit applications, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 to 12:00.  Please enter through the West St. lower level entrance, across from the Williamsport Water Authority.  All applicants and visitors must wear a mask.

April 17, 2020The City of Williamsport Partners With Citibot to Launch TEXT WILLIAMSPORT – 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.

April 16, 2020 – 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:

For more information about public comment please click here.

April 16, 2020 – City of Williamsport Employee Request for Emergency Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave

April 14, 2020 – Mayor Derek Slaughter’s COVID-19 News Briefing

April 3, 2020  – UPDATED PROCLAMATION – On April 2, 2020, City Council met and passed a Resolution to continue my [Mayor Derek J. Slaughter] 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.

April 3, 2020City Council Extends Business and Real Estate Tax Payment & Filing Deadlines – 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.

April 1, 2020 Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health: Pennsylvania on Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Beginning at 8 p.m. Tonight

April 1, 2020 Unemployment Benefits – Individuals laid off due to this crisis can file for unemployment benefits. Self-employed individuals are also eligible for unemployment benefits. More information can be found at www.uc.pa.gov. Email uchelp@pa.gov or call 888-313-7284.

April 1, 2020 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.  Respond at my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.

April 1, 2020 – 2020 Primary Election – Pennsylvania’s Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020. Register to vote and apply to vote by mail at www.votespa.com.

April 1, 2020SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan – In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans are also available to residents in declared disaster areas.

For more information visit the SBA COVID-19 website.

 

March 30, 2020 – City Council will not conduct committee meetings on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

March 30, 2020City 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 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:

 

March 20, 2020City Buildings Temporally Closed – In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all City of Williamsport buildings will be closed to the public.  While the City of Williamsport practices social distancing, all non-essential services will temporarily be halted.  However, all essential services will continue to operate including police, fire and emergency responses as needed from other City departments.  As always if you have an emergency please DIAL 911 for police and fire!

 

 

 

 

Links to State and Federal Agencies:

PA Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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