Long addresses vandalism at Fallon Hotel

Owner introduces himself to council

LOCK HAVEN — Council Vice President Joel Long addressed the recent vandalism at The Fallon Hotel during last night’s city council meeting.

This came after Carey Chisolm, who purchased the historic building in March, stopped by to introduce himself.

“Lock Haven is a beautiful place, very peaceful,” Chisolm said.

Chisolm also spoke about the recent vandalism of the building that took place last week.

“We’re here to not only help Lock Haven economically but also to build a legacy and bring potential jobs to the area,” he said.

“I come in peace,” he joked.

Long hopes the act done by a minority in the city doesn’t sour Chisolm’s image of the area.

“I’m sorry for what happened,” he said. “Obviously it does not represent the city of Lock Haven, that’s just a small portion. We hope you don’t let that reflect the way you feel about the city.”

Councilman Bill Mincer expressed his excitement for the return of business at The Fallon Hotel.

“We’re very excited. At least myself personally to see what you guys can do for that building,” he said.

Chisolm said the project is very large but he hopes to bring entertainment, jobs and revenue to the city.


In other business council:

∫ Heard from the Highland Cemetery Board of Directors.

Board Treasurer Cindy Love asked that council consider making a donation to the cemetery to help with maintaining the historic landmark.

“It’s one of the hidden treasures of the community,” Love said about the cemetery, located behind Lock Haven University.

Council did not make a motion to either approve or deny the request.

∫ Approved the scope of services between the city and SEDA-COG for the application and administration of the 2019 Community Development Block Grant.

SEDA-COG took over the duties while the city searched for a new City Planner.

With the hiring of Abbey Roberts to the position, SEDA-COG will begin transitioning the duties to Roberts over the next three years, City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

∫ Accepted the resignation of W.T. Hardy as fire relief driver for Hand in Hand Fire Company and appointed Ryan Kunes in his place.

∫ Appointed James Russo, owner of M&R Contracting Inc., to the Redevelopment Authority.

Russo will fill the last vacant seat on the board, Wilson said.

∫ Approved the disposition of surplus vehicles and equipment that remains in the East Walnut Street Garage.

Once the equipment has been removed council will be able to take the next step in deciding what to do with the property, Wilson said.

∫ Approved the advertisement of bids for the improvements to Hangar 1 and 2 at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport.

The improvements consist of mainly doors and roofs and will be paid for through grants and borrowed funds, Wilson said.

∫ Approved a request to solicit for professional aviation engineering services for airport projects listed in the city’s five year plan.

Included in the five year plan is receiving design plans and construction to rehabilitate and remark taxiways A, E and F; install self-serve fuel system; install basic AWOS; rehabilitate roadway and construction for vehicular parking areas; construct T-hangars and taxiway.

These projects are not necessarily going to be completed within the five years but it’s best to have contractors prepared for the projects in the future, Wilson said.