LOCK HAVEN - Piper Airport will get more than an improved runway system. Upgraded lighting has been added to the project.
City Council voted Monday to add lighting to the runway rehabilitation, with the majority of the funding coming from the Bureau of Aviation.
The runway is 100 feet wide, 25 feet more than needed. The original, $700,000 project would have created a 75-foot-wide runway, but left the lights where they now stand.
However, the Bureau of Aviation has suggested upgrading the lights and bringing them closer to the new, narrower runway, council heard. The agency reportedly is willing to add $500,000 to the project to cover the cost.
The city will pay $60,000 for the local match for the full project.
Council gave the go-ahead Monday, voting to pay its engineering consultants more. Lee-Simpson Associates Inc. will receive $16,084 additional to engineer the lighting improvements.
The wide runway will lose 12 1/2 feet on either side, council heard.
In other business, council:
Heard a company named HomeServe is mailing an ad to all city residents for water line insurance coverage. The coverage is reportedly for the section of water line each property owner is responsible for, from the curb stop to the building, according to City Manager Richard W. Marcinkevage. City Hall has nothing to do with it, he said.
The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities offers a similar program, and anyone interested may inquire about it, he said.
Voted to close downtown Main Street for the 2012 Springfest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, and to cooperate with the Best of Clinton County Festival and Parade from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 30.
Changed parking on Corning Street to accommodate businesses at Corning Station, Mark Helbley's new structure. The bus stop, UPS and Helbley's business, That's the Scoop, will all move there on April 9, council heard.
Updated speed limits in the traffic ordinance and added several existing four-way stops to it.
Heard Comcast expects to complete its digital upgrade on April 24, and all TV customers will need a converter box. The cable company is offering the converters for free.
Appointed Councilman Richard L. Conklin as a voting delegate and the mayor as an alternate for the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities annual convention, June 19 to 22. The mayor is president of PLCM.
Discussed Council Member Lynda Carey's recommendation of appointing a council representative to the Clinton County Housing Coalition which plans to open a homeless shelter in Lock Haven.
Heard the meter enforcement officer has resigned, and there is a vacancy on the sewer field crew.
Marcinkevage also reported Gerald Smith, a retired full-time driver for Hope Hose Co., died earlier this month.