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City council to hold special meeting Wednesday

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven City Council will hold another virtual meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 to discuss multiple resolutions and considerations, including extending and amending the Proclamation of the State of Emergency.

Mayor Joel Long enacted the state of emergency on March 18 with an expiration date of April 5 unless otherwise amended. The declaration closed all city buildings to the public and limited the number of staff on hand at City Hall, the Second Avenue garage and Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Council will also consider passing an ordinance that would provide a payment plan option for 2020 Real Estate Taxes.

The resolution gives property owners the option to pay 25 percent of their total tax due plus any adjustments over the course of seven months in 2020.

The first payment would be due on May 4 with the remaining three due on July 4, Sept. 4 and Nov. 4.

This resolution ties into another council approved that waives late fees on property taxes in light of the pandemic.

City Manager Gregory Wilson told council during their meeting on March 23 that if a property owner were to pay the full amount owed by May 4 they would receive a two percent discount.

The payment option was approved unanimously by council.

Council will also:

— Hear correspondence from Comcast to help Americans stay connected to the internet. The company is taking steps to make access to the internet easier for households that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and announcing channel changes.

— Consider the distribution of the Clinton County Community Foundation’s Stephen Poorman Small Business Development Fund proceeds for 2019 and 2020. A portion of the fund is donated to the city and county and must be used for grants, loans and other development needs of small businesses. The city received a total of $973 to put toward businesses in the community.

— Consider the Deed of Dedication from SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority for a parcel of land within the city that begins at East Walnut Street and ends at the Castanea Township line, continuing on to First Quality’s plant. The section of roadway along the railroad tracks that was completed in 2019 is used by employees and delivery trucks at the plant and is considered a private drive. The dedication would convert the road to a city street.

City council will meet separately through video conference which will be broadcast on the city’s Youtube page “City of Lock Haven PA.” A link to the meeting will be available on the city’s website www.lockhavenpa.gov.

Anyone with questions regarding items on the agenda can contact Wilson at citymanager@lockhavenpa.gov or the following city council members.

City council members may be reached by emailing:

— Mayor Joel Long: joellong62@gmail.com

— Council vice president Stephen Stevenson: slstevenson6@hotmail.com

— Douglas Byerly: douglas.byerly@gmail.com

— Richard “Rick” Conklin: rjconklin90@comcast.net

— William “Bill” Mincer: williammincer@gmail.com

— Richard Morris: prlmorris@yahoo.com

The city has not linked an email address on its website for council’s newest member, Barbara Masorti.

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