There will be a regular meeting of Council on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm. at the the Jack Bailey Playground at Hammermill Park (318 S Summit Street).  This meeting will be live streamed and available to view on the City’s Facebook and Youtube pages.  A copy of the agenda will be available here and posted on the door of City Hall.

On Monday, October 2, there will be a public hearing on the proposed use of the Community Development Block Grant Funds for the 2023 CDBG Program. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lock Haven City Hall Council Chambers, 20 E Church St, Lock Haven, PA 17745. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizens views and comments on the City’s proposed use of $309,392 in Federal Fiscal Year 2023 CDBG Funds and to receive any complaints or grievances regarding the City’s CDBG Funds. This meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities and/or for persons with Limited English Proficiency. If you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please notify the CDBG Administrator office 72 hours in advance of the public hearing at 570-893-5903 or aroberts@lockhavenpa.gov to make such arrangements. Full notice of the hearing, including projects proposed for funding can be viewed here.

The Lock Haven City Authority still has a few coupons available under the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to allow hunters to obtain an additional deer harvest permit for Lock Haven watershed property. Coupons will be available on a first come — first served basis at the Lock Haven Public Works Building, 99 Second Avenue, Lock Haven, from 9 A M to 4 P M, weekdays, beginning Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

Hunters are reminded to respect the property, obey all rules and regulations of the Game Commission and report any observed violations.


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Legionella Test Results

The City of Lock Haven has received the results of the final series of tests which have established that City Hall is free of legionella bacteria and safe for employees to return to work at the location at 20 E Church Street.

Following the first test results on September 18 which showed elimination of legionella bacteria at one location in the facility, the seven additional tests all confirm that the bacteria that causes Legionnaires Disease and Pontiac Fever has been eliminated in the building’s water supply and HVAC water cooling tower.

City offices which have been temporarily housed at other locations will move back into the site on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, and employees will begin full operations for the public’s benefit out of City Hall on Wednesday, September 27. 

The city wishes to extend its gratitude to the residents of the community for their understanding when the displacement of normal operations may have caused delays in communication.  Thanks to the generosity of Commonwealth University – Lock Haven, the police have been able to continue operations from a site on campus and the public has not been affected by the department’s displacement.  Thank you as well to all city employees who, on a moment’s notice, pulled together to continue operations at other locations to continue to provide the service we can for the community’s residents.

Again, Lock Haven City Hall will reopen on Wednesday, September 27 at 8:30 a.m. and can be reached during regular hours at (570) 893-5900, or you can find 24-hour information or the direct phone line to any department on the city’s website at lockhavenpa.gov



A CDBG funded paving project is set to occur along E Bald Eagle Street and Race Street August 8 through August 25. Residents near the project area, motorists, and pedestrians are asked to take caution and expect delays during this time.

Public Notice – Stage II Drought Contingency Plan

 Due to minimal rainfall in 2023, the City of Lock Haven Water Department is asking that all residents and customers do their part in conserving water. Under the Drought Contingency Plan, it is mandatory to reduce water usage for non-essential uses by 20%. 

Some examples of conserving water are avoiding letting faucets run, reducing showering times and frequency, using dishwashers or laundry appliances with full loads, avoiding watering landscapes, and avoiding washing vehicles. 

More information regarding conserving water can be found on the City’s website at lockhavenpa.gov/dept/public-works/water/savewater/ where you can calculate your water footprint and learn how you can help conserve water. 

At its regular meeting on Monday, September 11, 2023, for the final time, City Council of Lock Haven will consider Ordinance No. 2023-07 amending Chapter 328 “Sewers & Sewage Disposal” of the Lock Haven City Code with specificity to Article V “Industrial Pretreatment Program.”  A copy of the Ordinance can be found here or in print in the entryway to City Hall.  Public comments on the ordinance can be made in person during the 7PM meeting of City Council at City Hall (20 E Church Street, Lock Haven) or by correspondence to the attention of the City Manager no later than 5PM on Friday, September 8 to be received by Council in advance of the meeting. 


The city wants your input!
There are three options being considered by Lock Haven City Council for how best to operate the water system which requires tens of millions of dollars in repairs and replacements:

  • Continue with current city-only ownership and pay to apply to the PA Public Utility Commission to raise rates every year for at least the next ten years.
  • Form a joint municipal authority and turn over ownership to representatives from Castanea, Wayne, and the city who will also need to raise water rates every year for the next ten years but won’t need to pay to apply to PUC for those rate changes.
  • Sell the water system to a private or public company.

Tell us what you think by taking our survey here: https://lockhavenpa.civilspace.io/en/projects/lock-haven-water-rate-survey 


If you are a renter or landlord in Clinton County and need assistance with rent, water, electricity, sewer, trash removal, or heating fuel payments as a result of COVID-19, this program may be of interest to you. 

The guidelines and FAQs are available here: http://www.cchousingcoalition.org/

Please contact Clinton County Housing Authority at erapinfo@clintoncountyhousing.com with any questions.

City of Lock Haven’s Comprehensive Plan

Hard copies of the plan are available at City Hall, Clinton County Piper Building, Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. office, and Annie Halenbake Ross Library.

To view the  plan, please visit the following link: http://mydo.cx/MWViN2Jj



How do I pay my Water/Sewer bill?

  • ONLINE – visit https://lockhaven.authoritypay.com/  You can pay with your checking account or your card.  You will need your account number and CID number to set up your account.  If you don’t have these handy, feel free to call us during business hours to provide this information: 570-893-5909
  • BY MAIL – Checks and Money orders can be mailed to 20 E Church St.  Lock Haven, PA 17745.  Checks and Money Orders should be made out to City of Lock Haven. 
  • BY DROP BOX – We have two drop boxes available for your convenience.  One is located beside the handicap entrance in front of City Hall. (far right corner of the building, black box with silver handle)  This drop box can be used 24/7.  We also have a drop box located in the entry way of City Hall.  (use front steps) This drop box can be used Monday through Friday, 8:30-12:00, 1:00-4:30.  Cash, Checks, and Money orders are accepted in both drop boxes.

The city also produces an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report that details source and detected sample results:


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The city of Lock Haven shall not discriminate in hiring, job assignments, promotion, discipline, termination, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, military status, or any other characteristics protected by law.  The city of Lock Haven shall make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

If there are any questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace, they can be brought to the attention of the City Manager. Concerns and reports can be made without fear of reprisal. Anyone found engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination can be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

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Select photos on this site are used by permission of local photographer David B. Kawchak.  For prints or to explore works by this local artist, visit his website.

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