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Posted on May 3, 2016 at 1:33 PM by SCB Communications Coordinator
State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
PennDOT North Atherton Street Reconstruction Project
Borough Council received an update from PennDOT on the North Atherton Street Reconstruction Project. The section between West Aaron Drive in Patton Township and West Park Avenue in the Borough is presently under design. The project will be bid in 2017 with construction in 2018.
2015 Audit Report
Borough Council received a report from Maher Duessel on the Borough's 2015 Audit Report and Annual Centre Tax Agency Audit.
Public Hearing: Consider an Ordinance to Enact a Civil Penalty for Marijuana Possession
Borough Council held a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2016 to receive comment on a proposed ordinance to establish a provision to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense. Chief Tom King presented more information on the proposed ordinance citing some issues that will need to be addressed if this proposed ordinance is moved forward to a vote by Council. A large number of individuals provided comment in support of the proposed ordinance; one individual spoke against the proposed ordinance. Council took action to accept the information presented and schedule an opportunity for Borough Council to discuss the matter further at an upcoming meeting.
Public Hearing: Fence Text Amendment
Borough Council held a public hearing on a proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendment. If enacted, the amendment would modify current fence regulations to allow solid fencing for the bottom 4 feet and the top 2.5 feet must be 50% transparent. No one provided comment at the hearing. Following the hearing, Council took action to authorize the notice of intent to enact the ordinance at the upcoming May 16 meeting.
Borough Council approved the following consent items:
The following item was removed from the consent agenda for further consideration: Award Project #4B-2016-HUD (West College Avenue Streetlight Installation Project) to M & B Services, LLC, the low bidder, in the amount of $94,562.16. Concern was noted about the qualification of the bidder, given it was a low bid. Qualifications were reviewed and the bid was found to be acceptable. The award of the bid passed unanimously.
Resolution in Support of Closing the Online Sales Tax Loophole
Council enacted a resolution in support of closing the online sales tax loophole as part of the Borough’s participation in the inaugural National City Council Meeting
View Copy of Resolution
Nuisance Property/Property Maintenance Code Amendments
Council voted in favor of beginning discussion on the Property Maintenance Code can took action to place the item for discussion at the upcoming work session in June and to consider the requests of the realtors, student government and other special interest groups in order to take action on the amendments in October of 2016. The vote passed 5 to 1.
The proposed amendment includes the following significant changes:
2016-2017 CATA Budget
Council approved the Borough’s appropriation for the 2016-2017 CATA Budget and certified that funds are available for this purpose. State College Borough’s local share of the CATA’s 2016-2017 Budget is $132,428.