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Recent Action Report: Borough Council

State College Borough Council minutes require approval from Council before posting online. The Recent Action Report provides brief information on the actions taken by Council during regular meetings.

Feb 02

February 1, 2016 Council Regular Meeting

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 2:20 PM by SCB Communications Coordinator

State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
All members present


Mayor Goreham presented a proclamation to Katie Kavanaugh, THON’s Development Director; Matt Krotowski, Local Donor Development Captain; and Ricky Blair temporarily renaming State College “The City of THON” for the THON weekend starting February 19 and ending February 21.

ABC Reports
  • Tree Commission – Nick Kerlin, Chairman of the Tree Commission, presented the Commission’s 2016 work plan and reported on the Commission’s recent activities.
  • Transportation Commission - The Transportation Commission’s Chairman, Paul Rito, provided Council with an update on the Commission’s recent activities and reviewed the proposed 2016 work plan.
Consent Items
Council approved the following Consent Items.
  • Approve a resolution for the destruction of records in the Tax Office.
    • Appoint or reappoint the following individuals to various Authorities, Boards and Commissions:
    • Appoint John Morgan Ott to the Board of Health to fill an unexpired term ending December 31, 2017
    • Reappoint Carmine Prestia to the Centre Foundation for a term ending December 31, 2019
    • Reappoint David McClelland as alternate to the Rental Housing Revocation Appeals Board for a term ending December 31, 2018
    • Appoint Janet Engeman to the Spring Creek Watershed Commission for a term ending December 31, 2016
    • Reappoint Jon Eich to the Centre Regional Planning Commission for a term ending December 31, 2017
  • Approve the closing of South Allen Street (with conditions), starting in front of the Municipal Building to Foster Avenue, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., for the Center for Alternatives in Community Justice’s Run with the Law 5k.
  • Approve the use of University Drive, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS fundraising event.
  • Approve the closing (with conditions) of Saxton Drive to Bayberry Drive, and then Bayberry Drive back to Saxton Drive, as well as the use of other various Borough streets and part of Orchard Park, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church’s annual 5k Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk, to benefit the church’s School Sports Program.
  • Approve the use of various Borough streets and sidewalks on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer 5k Run/Walk.
Fraser Centre Restrictive Covenant Amendment
Council approved modifications to the Declaration of Restrictive Covenants for Fraser Centre to allow for the developer to provide for parking as accessory uses by all building tenants.

Amendment to Rights-of-Way Ordinance
Council adopted a proposed amendment to the Communications Systems Rights-of-Way Ordinance (Ordinance 1960) with new requirements to the insurance provisions that are consistent with currently available coverages in the insurance agency. Council unanimously adopted the amendment by roll call vote.

Capital Improvement Program Modification (Discussion Only)

Parking Fund Projects
Council discussed the reprogramming of a number of projects for the Boroughs’ three parking garages for work in 2016. The work at the garages includes exterior elements, such as work on plazas, canopy removal, streetscape improvements, flashing and wall cap maintenance, glazing, and implementation of landscape plans; repairing/repointing brick; replacing hydraulic elevators/elevator modernization; LED lighting upgrades; stair pan replacement; installation of brick sidewalks; and evaluation of parapet walls.

CDBG and Capital Fund Projects
Council reviewed and discussed the following modifications to the approved Capital Budget for 2016:
  • Authorize the transfer of $250,000 of 2016 CDBG funds to ST021 (College Avenue Street Light Replacement - $185,000) and BD131 (Municipal Building Improvements - $65,000),
  • Authorize the transfer of $130,000 of CIP funding for Street Lights, originally proposed, in the 2016 Budget to fund IT092 – Video Surveillance (Highlands video cameras).

Summary of Proposed Borrowing, Parking and General Funds ($5.6M)
  • Parking Fund ($5,216,375) - On February 8, 2016, Borough Council will be asked to authorize a $5.2M borrowing in the Parking Fund, to fund multiple capital improvements for the benefit of off-street parking facilities and operations. 
  • General Fund ($425,000) - On February 8, 2016, Borough Council will be asked to authorize a $425,000 borrowing in the General Fund, to complete two capital projects.

Contract Award to Walker Parking Consultants
Council awarded a contract to Walker Parking Consultants for engineering and architectural services for various maintenance and renovation projects in the Borough’s parking structures, which will be completed over the next two years, for an amount not to exceed $354,393. Walker has substantial experience with the Borough’s parking assets, having completed over 50 separate contracts for the Borough over the past 35 years.

Jan 12

January 11, 2016 Council Regular Meeting

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 4:02 PM by SCB Communications Coordinator

State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 


Consent Items
Council approved the following consent items:

  • Award Project 18-2015, Bellaire Court Renovation Project, to C.E. Wood Construction, the low bidder meeting specifications, for the base bid and all alternates in the total amount of $213,000.
  • Approve vouchers and payroll for the month of December in the amount of $3,282,536.75.
  • Award project 14-2015, Memorial Field Stormwater Filtration (Nittany Avenue), to H&R Excavation, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $34,995. 
  • Approve the closing of South Allen Street, starting in front of the Municipal Building to West Foster Avenue, on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for the 2nd Annual Sweetheart 5K, to benefit the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. 

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
During Council’s review and discussion of the recently approved Conditional Use Permit for 532 and 538 East College Avenue on December 21, there was some discussion on the current Zoning Code requirements for the affordable units to be mixed with the market-rate units. At the January 11 meeting, Council referred the specific section of the State College Zoning Code that prohibits inclusionary housing units from being segregated from market-rate units to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation by March 1, 2016.

Council referred a narrow request for review by the Planning Commission because any broader review and discussion of the inclusionary housing requirements contained in the Zoning Code will be taken up as part of the comprehensive Zoning Code review and rewrite.

COG Alternate Delegate
Council voted to reaffirm its policy on identifying COG alternate delegates. The policy states, ”Any State College Borough staff member or Council member, in attendance at a COG standing committee meeting, who is attending in lieu of the representative designated to attend and has been appointed by that representative, has the power to vote on behalf of State College Borough Council.”

Presidents Report
Mr. Daubert announced the following COG Committee Appointments:

  • Executive – Thomas E. Daubert, Alternate Catherine G. Dauler 
  • Finance – Evan Myers, Alternate Theresa D. Lafer
  • Human Resources – David J. Brown, Alternate Jesse L. Barlow
  • Parks Capital – Thomas E. Daubert, Alternate Evan Myers
  • Public Safety – Catherine G. Dauler, Alternate David J. Brown
  • Public Services/Environmental – Jesse L. Barlow, Alternate Janet P. Engeman
  • Transportation and Land Use/ MPO – Theresa D. Lafer, Alternate Janet P. Engeman

Staff/Committee Reports
During staff and committee reports, Council received the Conflict of Interest Policy and Code of Conduct with regard to HUD Programs. The Borough Manager also provided Council with information about expediting a series of parking projects through the borrowing funds in the near future. A comprehensive report will be provided to Council in advance of the February 1 meeting. Council will be asked for approval on February 8.