Council discusses 2018 CDBG funds

LOCK HAVEN — East Water Street needs to be paved, and City Council discussed it Monday evening.

Council talked about it up during a discussion of how to use 2018 CDBG funds.

This paving project is eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding because Water Street is a city-wide road, City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

It could cost $242,925, a large portion of the $296,249 CDBG funds the city will receive for 2018, he said.

The remainder of the funds would be available for area non-profits, he said, and organizations may apply for them.

Council member Steve Stevenson asked if the funding could be used to complete recent paving projects the city did not have the money to do as originally planned.

Unfortunately, it seems that the sections of local streets cut from these recent paving projects would not qualify for CDBG money, Wilson said.

Projects that improve the welfare of the city as a whole do qualify, he said.

Stevenson suggested the city consider paving Race Street during the East Water Street project. Race Street is seeing more traffic now that the county has moved offices into the former Piper Corp. complex.

The final public hearing for how to use the 2018 CDBG funding will be held Monday, Sept. 24 before council’s regular meeting, Wilson said.

SEDA-COG will administer the funding for the city, since a new city planner has yet to be hired. Stevenson made the motion to go with SEDA-Council of Governments, seconded by council member Douglas Byerly.

“Somebody has to administer (CDBG funding) or it won’t go right,” Stevenson said.

The vote was nearly unanimous with six members voting yes and new council member William “Bill” Mincer abstaining.

Usually the city’s planner would handle the allocation of funding. However, a search is still underway to replace former City Planner Maria Boileau who resigned from the position in August.

Interviews will begin this week to fill the position, Wilson said.

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Wilson disclosed that a city employee is eligible for the city’s Single Family Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program. Certain city employees are unable to qualify for the program because their jobs mean they have a conflict of interest, but this employees’ position is not among them, he said.

The city will begin advertising for a Mechanic II after current mechanic Seth Brown resigned to pursue a job in the private sector.

Rick Riccardo, of 30 W. Water St., was appointed as the city’s representative to the Clinton County Community Foundation Board of Directors by unanimous vote.

A resolution was made announcing the week of Sept. 17 as Constitution Week to mark the 251st anniversary of the drafting of the United States Constitution.

A Domestic Violence Vigil will be held at Triangle Park on Oct. 17, and council granted use of the park for it. The event is sponsored by the Clinton County Women’s Center and will run from 6 to 8 p.m., said CCWC Outreach/Education Coordinator Jeremy Armstrong.

“This year we have not had any domestic violence fatalities in Clinton County,” he said.

However, the center would like to honor those who have fallen victim to domestic violence, not only in the county but across the country, he said.

Murray Motors Sales and Marketing Coordinator Lacy Tom requested the closing of Third Avenue to Maple Street on Friday, Oct. 26 for the business’s second annual Trunk-Or-Treat event. Last year the event hosted more than 1,700 people and Murray Motors would like to ensure a safe environment for everyone, Tom said.

Council approved the street closing by unanimous vote, on a motion made by Stevenson and seconded by council member Richard Conklin.

A sign may be placed in Hanna Park advertising the Farm-City Family Festival, to take place on Sept. 22 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, council said.

A banner may hang across Main Street for the Clinton County Probation Office’s Rally for Recovery 5K at Riverview Park on Oct. 6, council said.

Noel C. Moore, of Wayne Township, took second place in the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s Civic Engagement Essay Scholarship, council heard. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a recognition plaque, and her essay will be published in the Summit Awards program.

She will be presented the plaque at PML’s Summit Awards breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Pittsburgh Marriott.

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