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Canal lockhouse project on City Council agenda


The Havre de Grace City Council will consider taking the first steps Monday night in a $275,000 project to rebuild four of the five original gates at the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal Lock House.

Council members are expected to approve the selection of engineers, archaeologists and a restoration company for the reconstruction of the wooden and iron-work gates. Final approval rests with the state Board of Public Works because the project's financing is coming from a state bond issue.

The rebuilt gates will allow the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace to demonstrate how the entrance to the canal, which operated from 1839 to 1900, worked, said Stanley T. Ruchlewicz, director of the city planning department. The museum in the original lock house is off Conesto Street.

The council also is expected to propose revisions in the city's procurement policy, which states how the city will buy and pay for supplies, construction, equipment and services. The council should not have to approve every purchase of more than $1,000, as required by the original policy, said Council President Henry J. Schreiber.

He said the version presented to the council by city administrators is a draft. "I don't expect that it's going to be accepted in its [current] form," he said.

In other business, the council will hear updates on the design of a waterfront park and visitors center next to the American Legion Post on Union Avenue and on the establishment of a cultural district.

The council meeting will start at 8 p.m. in City Hall on Pennington Avenue.

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