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City leases airport property to local business

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven City Council approved a lease agreement with ALE Holdings LLC for 13.88 acres of land in the Piper Airport Industrial Park just off of East Bald Eagle Street.

According to the agreement, Mill Hall based ALE Holdings intends to “erect an airplane hangar on the premises to develop a business to service, own, lease, buy and sell airplanes.”

“This is all of the land that is available in that industrial park and it has been held in the past by Anadarko, Their lease has ended,” City Manager Gregory Wilson told council.

Wilson said the lease with ALE Holdings will initially be 25 years with the company paying $22,810 in rent per year.

“Then it is adjusted over time if taxes are increased by the city,” he continued. “The lease is in lieu of the taxes. So the value of the lease is tethered to the taxable amount of the property.”

Councilman Richard Morris asked if the building they intend to construct will be taxable once it is completed.

“Yes it will,” Wilson answered. He noted that ALE Holdings intends to continue leasing Hangar 2 and is just expanding its operations.

The lease was approved unanimously by all members of council.

In other business council:

— Announced the paving of East Water Street is expected to begin on May 17. “Right now the crew is finishing up the installation of ADA compliant intersection upgrades on Water, Spring and Fourth streets. Spring and Fourth will be scheduled after Water Street is complete,” Wilson said.

— Announced the city will partner with the Clinton County United Way to allow water and sewer customers to “round up” their bill and donate the change to the organization. The option will be available on customer’s next quarterly bill.

— Approved the consideration of amending two chapters of the city’s ordinance regarding garbage/refuse and abandoned vehicles. Wilson told council these ordinances would be updated to reflect enforcement actions listed in its ordinance regarding brush grass and weeds. All three ordinances had different forms of enforcement prior to Solicitor Justin Houser’s recommendation, he continued. A copy of the updated ordinance will be available on the city’s website — www.lockhavenpa.gov — or at the front of city hall for review. Council will consider adopting the amendment at its May 17 meeting.

— Declared May 16-22 Emergency Medical Services Week.

— Approved multiple use requests including the use of Zindel Park on June 2 and 3 for a wedding and a portion of the city’s watershed on June 5 for the 30th Annual Great Adventure Dual Sport Ride held by the Durty Dabbers.

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

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