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Council hires contractor for comprehensive plan update

LOCK HAVEN – The city has a contractor to update its comprehensive plan.

City council voted unanimously last night to hire Altoona based firm The EADS Group at a cost of $72,600.

Every 10 years the city updates its comprehensive plan, using it as a guideline to make the best economical decisions for the area, City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

The EADS Group was chosen by a committee consisting of city staff, members of SEDA-COG, County Planner Katie de Silva and City Planner Abigail Roberts.

Roberts said the committee reviewed seven proposals before picking three to be interviewed.

Of those three, EADS felt like the best option for the city due to its community oriented approach, Roberts said.

“The committee recommends The EADS Group as the planning consultant for the update of the city’s comprehensive plan because of their extensive commitment to public engagement, thorough studies, and implementable results,” she said.

Beginning in January 2020, EADS will work on the plan for 12 months, both with city staff and members of the public.

According to their proposal, EADS will hold two education workshops, two engagement workshops, two open houses, one community meeting and 1 MPC required meeting throughout the process.

“It’s very engaged in the public realm,” Roberts said.

The company will also create an “interactive community map” link on the city’s website that will offer the public a look into what is doing well in the city and what may need improvement, she continued.

Residents will also have a chance to voice their ideas and opinions through the link, she added.

A housing study and Federal Opportunity Zones (OZ) study will also be provided which is helpful to the city, Wilson said.

Throughout the planning process, EADS will hold between 20 to 22 meetings both with city staff, including council, and the public to offer input, Roberts said.

Wilson noted that the city is already working with a different branch of The EADS Group in planning for the streetscape project on East Church Street.

All members of council were present for last night’s meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business council:

– Announced the placement of a residential yard waste bin at the Second Avenue garage.

The city is partnering with Wayne Township Landfill to offer this service to city residents who may have landscaping waste they need to dispose of.

The bin is being used to cut down on the amount of branches and other shrubbery being placed with leaves during the city’s yearly fall leaf pick up, City Public Works Director Anthony Stopper said.

Residents can drop off yard waste between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Yard waste permitted includes: small trees, limbs, brush, shrubs, grass, leaves and stumps with no dirt. No trash or food waste is permitted.

– Accepted the resignation of Water Pipe Fitter Kyle Fox from the city’s Safety Committee and appointed Sewer Operator David Sorgen to the position.

– Appointed Roberts as compliance officer for the city in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act.

– Received an update on the city’s budget schedule. The first meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 18 and include a work session to review employee compensation, general government administration, development and grant administration, recreation and the sewer fund.

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