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Value of former Dickey school reduced

LOCK HAVEN — City Manager Gregory Wilson told council the Clinton County Board of Assessment reduced the assessed value of the former Dickey Elementary School property by 78 percent.

Wilson said the board — made up of commissioners Miles Kessinger, Jeff Snyder and Angela Harding and Chief Assessor Keith L. Yearick — held a hearing on Aug. 15 regarding the request made by the property’s owners, Robert Maguire and Micah Clausen.

Maguire and Clausen initially requested the nearly $1 million assessed value be reduced to $80,000. The pair purchased the property in March for that cost.

Wilson told council he appealed to the board on Wednesday during the hearing before it made its decision on Monday. He noted that, if the request was granted, it would be a 96 percent reduction.

“The commissioners reduced the value by 79 percent. So now it has a total value of $225,000. For the city, because we have split rate millage, it’s actually a 69 percent reduction,” Wilson said.

Wilson said an interim bill will be issued to the owners for $924 and next year, for the 2021 taxes, the bill will be $1,992.

“Which is down from its assessed value from before by about a little more than $6,000,” he continued. “So this is a significant reduction.”

Maguire and Clausen are still determining what they will do with the two-story, 45,000-square foot structure that was constructed in 1966.

In March, the pair told The Express they were looking for the public’s help in deciding how it would best serve the community.

In other business council:

— Approved three use requests from Lock Haven University for its Homecoming Banner, hung along Main Street; use of Zindel Park for a wedding on Oct. 9; and Use of Third Street from Water to West Main Street for Lock Haven Catholic School’s Fall Festival.

— Awarded engineering and design services for the Piper-Harmon playground project to Gwin, Dobson and Foreman Inc. for $17,500. City Planner Abbey Roberts told council the cost will be paid through Community Development Block Grant Funding.

— Approved two resolutions regarding the Ross Library’s application for Keystone Grant funding for a roof rehabilitation project. According to Roberts, because the building is owned by the city, council must approved the application and the mayor and city clerk will sign documents on behalf of the library.

— Appointed council members Barb Masorti, Richard Morris and Alex Di Costanzo to review proposals submitted regarding the city’s solicitor.

— Passed a resolution which will allow city staff to dispose of a list of documents. Wilson told council shredding documents is a common practice and this year the list would be larger because staff were unable to do so last year. The documents will be shredded by an outside agency.

— Approved a resolution to amend the city’s “fee schedule” for the Industrial Waste Water Treatment program. Wilson told council the schedule is prepared to last for up to three years and is brought forward before budget season to allow departments to plan accordingly.

— Proclaimed Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week. Daughters of the American Revolution member Dianne Whitaker attended the meeting and thanked council for their consideration of the proclamation.

All members of council were present for Monday night’s meeting held in council chambers, with Council Douglas Byerly attending virtually. Council’s next meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

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