New Lock Haven boat dock proposal gets green light

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven City Council heard some big news Monday evening. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the city’s request to place a floating boat dock in the river.

The Corps of Engineers had to be consulted because the dock’s installation could affect the flood protection levee that was built by the Corps. The dock is to be installed upstream from the Corman Amphitheatre and floating stage.

The city has one quote on the project and is waiting for more, City Manager Richard W. Marcinkevage reported. The project is expected to cost roughly $40,000.

Funding commitments to this point total $11,750, and the city has applied to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for $14,250, council heard. An additional $14,000 is needed to reach that figure.

Louis Anastos has been raising funds for the project but has found it something of a hard sell, according to Mayor William E. Baney III. However, now that the boat dock has the Corps of Engineers’ approval, the funding floodgates might open.

The mayor then announced his contribution of $100 to kick off the public donation phase of the project.