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City Council honors former Mayor Eisemann

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven City Council took time during their regular meeting to honor former Mayor William Eisemann.

Eisemann, who served as mayor from 1976 to 1983, passed away on March 26 at the age of 96.

“He’s kind of a role model, someone that so many people in our city looked up to,” Mayor Joel Long said. “He lead a very full life. It’s a very sad thing to lose someone that meant so much to us.”

Long noted that Eisemann would reach out to him, offering advice and suggestions.

“Someone with that knowledge and his ability, I was really honored that he was willing to offer me suggestions,” he said.

Councilman Richard “Rick” Conklin said Eisemann’s passing was a major loss for the city.

“This was one of those men in our city that frankly, even though he has passed, will live on in many of us who he had strong influence over,” Conklin said.

City Manager Gregory Wilson told council he authorized a $100 donation to The Ross Library in memory of Eisemann on behalf of the city and its residents.

In other business council:

— Received notice that the paving of East Water Street from North Jay Street to the city line will begin soon. The project is expected to be completed by Saturday, June 12, Wilson said.

— Directed Wilson to engage Concord Public Finance to explore a borrowing package to include an estimated $450,000 toward the installation of replacement water mains in Castanea Township. The township’s supervisors reached out to the city, noting they planned to pave McElhattan and Mackey avenues in the township. The supervisors said they would prefer to wait until water mains were replaced before doing so to avoid digging up newly paved streets at a later date.

— Rejected bids for the city hall cleaning contract. Only one bid was received from the city’s current cleaning company, which raised the price by $700 a month, Wilson said. Wilson said he would look into other options for city hall.

— Approved a resolution to apply for DCNR funding. If awarded, the funding will be put toward ADA and drainage improvements to Taggart Park, City Planner Abbey Roberts said.

— Approved the resignation of Daniel Ake as a fire relief driver for Citizens Hose Company and Reza Lotfi from the Levee Advisory Board and Code Enforcement Board of Appeals & Review.

— Announced the 2021 Spring Clean Up dates. City residents and property owners should bring any yard waste materials to their curb or sidewalk by 7 a.m. on Monday, April 12 and 19 and Tuesday, April 13 and 20. All leaves and garden residue must be kept separate and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Brush and limbs must be tied in bundles. The City will not pick up trees, building materials, household garbage, ashes, appliances, furniture, or other refuse of this type. Residents may also bring their own yard waste to the Public Works Building at 99 Second Ave. between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All members of council were present for Monday night’s meeting held via livestream on the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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