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LH Council prepares for dam work

Council approves drilling contract

LOCK HAVEN — City Council approved an agreement with Pennsylvania Drilling Company for geological test boring in the area of Warren H. Ohl Reservoir Dam.

“The geology beneath the dam (must) be tested to ensure that it meets DEP’s (Department of Environmental Protection) standards,” City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

The project was bid out by the its engineering firm, Altoona based Gwin Dobson & Foreman, to Pennsylvania Drilling Company at a cost of $23,638.

The cost will be paid for through borrowed funds, Wilson said.

This is one part of a five year plan to improve both the city’s reservoirs: Keller Reservoir in McElhattan and Ohl Reservoir in Loganton.

DEP requires that the two dams, at the city’s two water-supply reservoirs, be able to hold back more water than they currently do with the intent to prevent potential flooding.

That includes the complete reconstruction of Keller so it can hold not only its own water but Ohl’s in the event the dam breaks.

Ohl will only see its outer walls extended to keep water from overflowing in the event of a major flood and will not increase the size of the reservoir basin.

Throughout the project, three groundwater wells will be utilized to ensure area residents receive enough water.

The contract was approved through unanimous vote.

City Mayor William E. Baney was absent from last night’s meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business council:

r Held an executive session following their regular meeting to discuss information regarding litigation.

∫ Passed an amendment to the city’s Redevelopment Authority section of the city code which would see only five word changes including replacing “citizen” with “resident.”

∫ Passed a resolution allowing the destruction of documents that have expired.

∫ Approved a reimbursement agreement with PennDOT for a $1 million grant-supported improvements of East Church Street.

The project, which will see improvements to sidewalks and drainage along the roadway from Bellefonte Avenue to Grove Street, will be completed in 2020, Wilson said.

The grant itself was already approved by council but the agreement was requested by PennDOT for their records, he said.

∫ Approved the sale of multiple pieces of equipment to be sold on MuniciBid in the coming week.

Items such as airjacks, doors, hedge clippers and various other equipment will be listed on MuniciBid.com starting Monday, Public Works Director Anthony Stopper said.

This is the city’s second auction after the first one successfully brought in approximately $50,000 for the city, Wilson said.

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