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City manager talks lease agreement

LOCK HAVEN — City Manager Gregory Wilson reminded the public that a potential solar array development in Greene Township near Ohl Reservoir is just that, potential.

Council approved a lease agreement of approximately 180 acres of land with BAI Consultants out of State College at a cost of $13,950 per year for two years.

Wilson addressed concerns by Greene Township residents who are against a possible land development during council’s regular meeting Monday night.

“All the company is interested in right now is potentially doing that study on putting a solar farm there and it’ll take them about two years to do that,” Wilson said. “That does not mean that tomorrow fences are going up and that a solar farm is being installed. The developer still needs to go through … zoning in Greene Township, discussions with the conservation district and other development type issues that anybody that wants to put anywhere has to do and that includes public comments.”

Wilson also noted that in the meantime, the agreement allows BAI to sublet the property to local farmers such as Schrack Farms, which previously leased the land for agriculture.

“I think it’s important to remember that this is a start of the process and there’s no guarantee of the outcome,” Wilson said. “Even then that’s part of discussions that will take place over time.”

BRIDGE PROJECT

A bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled for later in 2021 along Island Route just outside the city. Council approved a detour route for the project which will have minimal effect on traffic.

The bridge is located on the eastern side of the island near Piper Airport. The western bridge was rehabilitated in 2018.

According to a the request made by Public Works Director Anthony Stopper, “traffic along Water Street, Washington Street and Main Street (will) continue vehicular traffic on their routes.”

PennDOT representative Timothy Nebgen said a date is not set for construction to begin but it will take place sometime during the department’s 2021 construction season.

The project is still in its design phase and won’t go out to bid until April 22, Nebgen said.

“Work to be completed on this bridge includes removing the existing bridge deck, installing a new reinforced concrete deck surface, concrete repairs to the abutments, diaphragms and piers, approach paving and guide rail upgrades,” he said.

Stopper told council that if any city roads are damaged during the construction, PennDOT will be pay for repairs according to an agreement approved between both groups.

OTHER BUSINESS

— Authorized solicitation for bids for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded paving project. The project would include paving East Water Street from North Jay Street east to the city line. CDBG funding from 2018 and 2019 will be used to complete the project which will include milling, paving and reconstruction of some ADA ramps, City Planner Abbey Roberts said. Wilson noted this bid opening is coordinated with projects approved during council’s previous meeting.

— Extended a landscaping agreement with DADs Landscaping for its final year. An additional $75 per mowing of the Tiger Den was included. The agreement can be extended another three years after it’s expired, Stopper said.

— Appointed Baker Tilly as the independent auditor for the city’s 2020 fiscal year for a cost of $44,290.

— Awarded a bid for garbage collections services to JJ Peters for $15,588 for one year.

— Appointed David Dietrich, of North Fairview Street, to the planning Commission. Dietrich’s term will expire on Jan. 1, 2025.

— Approved a use request from Downtown Lock Haven Inc. Manager Marie Vilello for the Jay Doyle Corman Amphitheatre for DLH’s Hometown Heroes Banner ceremony on Aug. 28.

— Approved a use request for Zindel Park for a wedding on June 19, 2021.

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