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Recent Actions by Borough Council in December 2016

  1. State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
    Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

    Consent Items
    Council approved the following consent items:

    • Approve minutes from the meetings held in November:
      • November 7, 2016 Regular Meeting/Work Session
      • November 9, 2016 Work Session
      • November 14, 2016 Work Session
      • November 15, 2016 Work Session
      • November 21, 2016 Regular Meeting/Work Session
    • Approve vouchers, payroll and debt services payments for the month of November 2016 in the amount of $5,582,700.98.
    • Approve a resolution reappointing Stanford Lembeck and Lee Lowry as members of the Zoning Hearing Board, with terms ending on December 31, 2019.
    • Appoint or reappoint the following individuals to various Authorities, Board and Commissions:

    Appointment

    Name of ABC

    Person’s Name

    Date of Expiration
    (Dec. 31 of)

    Reappointment

    Airport Authority

    Ron Filippelli

    2021

    Reappointment

    Authorities Board

    Robert Gruver

    2021

    Reappointment

    Authorities Board

    Elizabeth Kirchner

    2021

    Appointment

    Authorities Board

    Lynn Herman

    2019

    Reappointment

    Board of Health

    James C. Edwards

    2021

    Appointment

    CATA

    Kelly J. Felix

    2021

    Reappointment

    CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee

    Shelton S. Alexander

    2020

    Reappointment

    CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee

    Rebecca Misangyi

    2020

    Reappointment

    CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee

    Marcia Patterson

    2020

    Reappointment

    CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee

    Selden W. Smith

    2020

    Appointment

    CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee

    Shawn Bengali

    2020

    Appointment

    State College Community Land Trust

    Peter Morris

    2019

    Appointment

    Human Relations Commission

    Susan Bardo

    2019

    Reappointment

    Human Relations Commission

    Michele Hamilton

    2019

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    Richard Bryant

    2020

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    Richard Devon

    2020

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    W. Bond Reinhardt

    2020

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    Eric Boeldt

    2020

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    Eric White

    2018

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    Wendy Schneider

    2018

    Appointment

    Design & Historic Review Board

    Laird Jones

    2018

    Reappointment

    Schlow Centre Region Library Board

    Ron Filippelli

    2019

    Reappointment

    Real Estate Advisory Committee

    Jesse Weber

    2020

    Reappointment

    Real Estate Advisory Committee

    Catherine Dauler

    2020

    Reappointment

    Rental Housing Revocation Appeal Board

    Daniel Murphy

    2019

    Reappointment

    Tree Commission

    Elaine Schuckers

    2019

    Reappointment

    Tree Commission

    Bruce Rohrbach

    2019

    Reappointment

    State College Borough Water Authority

    Jeffrey R. Kern

    2021

    Reappointment

    State College Borough Water Authority

    Gary W. Petersen

    2021


    • Appoint Charles F. Herr Jr., as the Borough’s Sewage Enforcement Officer, and appoint Pamela R. Winter, as the Alternate Sewage Enforcement Officer, for a one-year term ending on December 31, 2017.
    • Approve a resolution designating the Centre County Economic Development Partnership as the single point of contact for economic development in Centre County and approve the acknowledgement of program support.

    2017 Budget
    As required by Section 909.B of the Home Rule Charter for the Borough of State College, Council adopted the following resolutions and ordinances as they relate to the 2017 Budget.

    1. Budget Approval Resolution: Council approved a resolution formally adopting the 2017 Budget appropriations and revenues, which includes the following:
      1. The 2017 Pay Plan for non-union personnel included with the budget document as Appendix B
      2. The 2017 Schedule of Fees included in the budget document as Appendix C
      3. Set the employee contribution rates for 2017 for the General Government Pension Plan at 4%
      4. Set the employee contribution rates for 2017 for the Police Pension Plan at 5%
      5. An appropriation of $1,561,566 for the Borough’s share of various Regional Programs to support the Centre Region COG 2017 Budget
      6. An appropriation of $132,428 for the Borough’s share of CATA for 2017
    2. Ordinance Establishing the Real Estate Tax Rate for 2017 and Establishing Discount and Penalty Rates: Council approved an ordinance establishing the Real Estate Tax Rate for 2017 at $.0164 times the assessed value or 16.40 mills. This ordinance also establishes the discount period and penalty rates for the Real Estate Tax in 2017. The discount and penalty rates remain unchanged with the discount rate of 2% and a penalty rate of 10% in accordance of state law. 
    3. Ordinance Authorizing Property Assessments for the Downtown State College Improvement District (DSCID): Council enacted an ordinance to authorize millage rates for the assessment of properties located within the Downtown Neighborhood Improvement District. This rate is set in the Downtown Improvement District Plan and may not be changed without a plan modification approved under the Neighborhood Improvement District Law. The millage rates authorized in the ordinance for 2017 are the same as those assessed for the past nine years. An estimated $331,571 will be generated from the assessment of 386 properties within the district in support of services provided by the DSCID for 2017.
    4. Ordinance Approving the Sewer Tapping Fee Increase: Council adopt the ordinance, which increases the Sanitary Sewer Tapping Fee as a pass-through fee for the University Area Joint Authority. For 2017, the UAJA Board has approved a 3.7% increase for their portion of the tapping fee. This increase reflects the October 2016 Engineering News Record Construction Cost Index.  

    Pension Investment Policy Statement Modification
    Council approved an amendment to the Pension Investment Policy Statement as recommended by the Borough’s independent pension investment advisor and co-fiduciary and the Pension Advisory Boards. The overall effects of the change on the Borough’s fixed income portfolio are:

    1. Average blended duration will be increased by a little more than a year, from 2.73 years to 3.84 years
    2. Credit quality of the fixed income portfolio will improve from "A" to "AA”
    3. Due to the increase in duration, the risk of the fixed income portfolio will increase along with expected return

    AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement
    Council ratified a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Borough and AFSCME 1203-1 for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020.

    Administrative Code Amendment to Personnel System
    Council adopted an ordinance to amend Chapter 1 modifying Part J. Personnel System. These changes reflect a reduction in the amount of sick leave accrual for all newly hired employees, effective January 1, 2017.

    2017 Meeting Schedule
    Council approved the 2017 meeting schedule, which reflects the recognized holiday schedule.

    State College Area School District (SCASD) Zoning Amendment
    Council reviewed a draft zoning text amendment to address issues that have arisen from review of plans for renovations at Corl Street Elementary and Radio Park Elementary School. Council discussed the draft ordinance and scheduled a hearing on February 6, 2017.

    The School District is requesting a zoning text amendment to address four specific items:

    • Reduce the front yard setback from 40 to 30 feet
    • Increase building coverage from 20% to 30%
    • Decrease open space from 50% to 45%
    • Exempt the Radio Park Elementary School property from the Flood Plain Conservation District

    Ordinance for the Centre Regional Pollutant Reduction Plan
    Council enacted an ordinance to allow for the execution of the cooperative agreement of the MS4 Partners to hire a consultant to prepare a regional Pollutant Reduction Plan for both Chesapeake Bay and Impaired Waters as required by the Borough's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. 

    Slab Cabin Run Initiative
    Council approved funding the Slab Cabin Run Initiative by ClearWater Conservancy for $110,000 dollars in four annual installments of $27,500 beginning in January 2018, with the funding commitment contingent on a stream easement granted to the Borough and other municipalities subject to MS4 permitting requirement, such that the easement is sufficiently wide enough to meet the DEP requirements to be eligible for nutrient and/or sediment reductions under the Pollution Reduction Plan. $10,000 was added to staff’s original recommendation of $100,000 by a vote in favor of the motion (5 to 2).

    Signature Development Area Zoning Ordinance Amendment
    Council President Daubert made a motion, seconded by Ms. Lafer, to consider adoption of an amendment to the Signature Development Area Zoning Ordinance, which would reduce the size of the area permitted for un-owner-occupied housing commercial incentive district by reducing the size of the east college area and eliminate the area on the west end that has not yet been developed and to schedule a public hearing at the February 6 meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

  2. Borough Council Regular Meeting/Work Session
    December 5, 2016


    Public Hearings
    Borough Council held a public hearing on the 2017 Operating Budget and also a public hearing on the proposed text amendment to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

    The proposed 2017 Budget has been posted on the Borough's website and a copy of the full document has also been available for public inspection in the Borough Secretary's Office and at Schlow Centre Region Library.

    Council’s discussion of the hearing comments is scheduled to occur at a future work session.

    ABC Reports
    Council received reports from the Chairs of Design Review Board, Historic Resources Commission, Redevelopment Authority, Transportation Commission and Tree Commission.

    Consent Items
    Council approved the following consent items:
    • Approve the closing of various downtown streets on Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the First Night 5K Resolution Run and procession.
    • Approve the use of the Mayor Welch Plaza and the Municipal Building Lobby (with conditions), on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for the annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony.
    Ordinance for the Conduct of 2016 First Night®
    Council enacted an ordinance, designating the area and time during which the First Night activities may take place. First Night activities include:
    • Ice sculptures, resolution sculptures and food vendors on the 100 and 200 blocks of South Allen Street and on the Mayor Welch Plaza
    • Horse drawn carriage rides to and from the Mayor Welch Plaza, around Memorial Field and Sidney Friedman Park, on Saturday, December 31
    • A grand procession on Foster Avenue, Fraser Street and Allen Street on December 31
    • A 5-kilometer run on College Avenue on December 31
    • Use of the Municipal Building lobby to display resolution sculptures and use of the second floor lobby and the Community Room for arts and crafts workshops and performances
    Equity & Inclusion Commitment Resolution
    Council adopted a resolution entitled “Commitment to Equity and Inclusion,” welcoming all people and recognizing the rights of individuals to live their lives with dignity and free of discrimination. The resolution states that the “Council of the Borough of State College is committed to supporting, promoting and standing up for the values of inclusion, equity and justice.”

    Action on PENNDOT’s Request for Night Work on Atherton Street
    Council approved PENNDOT's request for a waiver to the Borough's Noise Ordinance to allow 24-hour work specifically for the reconstruction of North Atherton Street between Mitchell Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue over 16 days starting May 7, 2018 through May 24, 2018.

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