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SEDA COG to provide housing rehab services

By LAURA JAMESON

ljameson@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — SEDA COG will rehabilitate two to three low income homes through the city’s 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Rehabilitation Program.

SEDA COG is currently providing services through the city’s 2015 CDBG budget.

The decision was made at last Monday night’s city council meeting with a unanimous vote.

Services provided by SEDA COG include: income intake, rehabilitation management, lead based paint XRF pain inspection and risk assessment, lead based paint rehabilitation management, clearance testing, radon testing services, electrical deficiency and final inspection and heating inspection.

The total cost per home is estimated at $6,150 and the city’s Housing Rehabilitation Program provides up to $25,000 to correct code deficiencies as well as up to $10,000 to reduce and stabilize lead-based paint hazards.

According to City Planner Maria Boileau, rehabilitating the homes come close to the limit but never exceeds it.

Councilman Richard Conklin was absent from the meeting.

In other business:

r City Council awarded a contract for an underground fuel tank removal at the Second Avenue Garage to Environmental Restoration, Couterdale, Pa. Enviromental’s Restoration was the lowest bid at $23,931.

City Councilman Steve Stevenson said that the company was recommended to the council by members of the city staff.

“I’m sorry to see them go,” Stevenson said about the tanks. He had worked at the garage and remembers when the tanks had first been installed, mentioning that they were very high tech back then.

r Corporal Elizabeth Gregory has been promoted to sergeant following testing by the Civil Service Commission. This was after she scored the highest on the test. Council congratulated Gregory at their previous meeting on July 2.

“The city obviously feels grateful to have someone like her,” Councilman Steve Stevenson said.

r Corporal Richard Simpson was appointed temporary acting detective as of July 9.

r The police department log for June shows 2 ordinance arrests, 2 DUI arrests, 60 traffic arrests, 19 non-traffic arrests 27 criminal arrests, 166 parking tickets, 16 warrents, 13 written warnings, 17 verbal warnings, 10 motor vehicle accidents, 269 complaint reports, 141 supplemental reports and 3997 miles driven by officers.

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