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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.

Jul 20

Recent Action Report for July 20, 2015

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM by SCB Communications Coordinator

State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
July 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Sarah Klinetob was not in attendance.

Board of Health Report
Council received a report from Dr. William Taylor, Board of Health Chairman, who provided a review the Board’s recent activities.

Consent items
Council approved the following consent items unanimously.
  • Approve vouchers and payroll for the month of June in the amount of $3,071,443.15.
  • Approve minutes from the meetings held in June:
    • June 1, 2015, Regular Meeting
    • June 15, 2015, Work Session
  • Approve the closing of South Allen Street (between College and Foster Avenues), and the use of Mayor Welch Plaza, lobby and restrooms, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the Centre County Youth Service Bureau’s Annual Last Cruise – Best of the Best Car Show.
  • Approve changing H Alley to one way, from Calder Way to Beaver Avenue, in order to allow student move-in to The Graduate, on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Approve the closing of various Borough streets (normal PSU 5k route) for the 2015 PSU Homecoming 5k, The Color Run, on Monday (Labor Day), September 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Approve the closing of the 500 block of Ridge Avenue, on Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., for the West College Heights Neighborhood Block Party.
  • Approve the use of various Borough streets and sidewalks (normal PSU 5k route) on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the annual Penn State THON 5k Run/Walk, which fundraises for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
  • Approve the closing of various Borough streets, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., for the annual Downtown State College Improvement District’s sidewalk sale. 
  • The Manager has appointed Patrick Ward as the Parking Manager for the Borough of State College. Council hereby consents to set appointment as required by the State College Home Rule Charter, Article VIII, Section 803. Powers and Duties of the Manager. 
  • Ratify the appointment of Maher Duessel, as the Borough Auditor for the three-year period ending on December 2017 and authorize the Manager to execute the engagement letter.
Evan Myers requested that item H: Project #2-2015 be removed from the consent item list and approved separately. Council awarded Project #2-2015 (Street and Alley Resurfacing) to R.C. Bowman, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $293,940.

Holmes-Foster Park Master Plan
Council formally received the Holmes-Foster Park Master Plan report and heard comment from residents that live near the park. The Plan presented to Council was developed by Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates with a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Borough requested comment from the community throughout the planning process and worked with a plan advisory committee of local residents. The consultants have responded to the comments received and incorporated changes into the latest version of the Plan, which was provided to Borough Council.

Council scheduled a public hearing for citizen input at Council’s August 17, 2015 meeting with a vote of five to one. 

Forest Management Plan for Thompson Woods Nature Preserve and Walnut Springs Park
Clearwater Conservancy and the Center for Private Forests at Penn State submitted a proposal to partner with the Borough of State College and College Township to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for both Thompson Woods Nature Preserve and Walnut Springs Park. Although both facilities currently have approved Management Plans, the plans are not necessarily specific to the needs of the unique forest environment. Walnut Springs Park is a Borough Park, but ownership of Thompson Woods is shared with College Township. College Township approved the proposal at their Supervisor’s meeting June 18, 2015 along with 50% of the estimated costs of $4,500 contingent upon like approval from State College Borough. At the July 20 meeting, Council approved the proposal and authorized the Manager to execute the Agreement with College Township and the Clearwater Conservancy to develop the plan.

Jul 06

Recent Action Report for July 6, 2015

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM by SCB Communications Coordinator

State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
July 6, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Consent Items
Council approved the following consent items:
  • Adopt a resolution authorizing the filing of a grant application for $97,000 from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Multimodal Transportation Fund to fund the Park/McKee Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Improvements.
  • Adopt a resolution authorizing the filing of a grant application for $1,882,950 from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Multimodal Transportation Fund for Central Business District Streetlight Upgrades.
  • Adopt a resolution in support of the PA Sustainable Communities Essential Certification Program.
  • Authorize the execution of a business resolution of authority with First National Bank.
  • Approve the use of the Orchard Park Bicycle Path, from Welch Pool to Blue Course Drive, for the 11th Annual Centre Region Parks & Recreation Youth Triathlon on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Approve the closing of Hartswick Avenue, between McKee and North Allen Streets, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Sunday, August 16, 2015, for the annual Hartswick Avenue neighborhood block party.
Adoption of the 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
Council approved the 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Plan with a vote of six to one. Mr. Rosenberger cautioned Council to be fiscally responsible in approving future budgets, because of objections he had to items in the Capital Improvement Plan. Mr. Daubert claimed he could not vote for the Capital Improvement Plan as written, because requests for modifications to the text to improve readability would not be applied until after approval by Council. Traditionally staff has captured these requests in a matrix during discussion and modified the CIP after adoption.

Appointment of Auditor to Conduct 2015 Audit
Mr. Rosenberger made a motion to approve a one-year agreement with Maher Duessel for 2015 audit services. With no second the motion failed.

Ms. Lafer made a motion to approve a three year agreement with Maher Duessel, under the restriction that there will not be any significant increase in the cost in the second and third year of the agreement. At the end of the three year agreement, the Borough will then solicit request for proposals from several firms, including Maher Duessel. Council will have an opportunity to approve the exact amount of the three year agreement at a future meeting. The motion passed with a vote of six to one.

Pension Advisory Board’s Recommendation for an Asset Allocation Change
The Borough’s Pension Advisory Board recently reviewed the investment performance and administrative expenses for both the Police and General Government Employee Pension Plans and considered alternative arrangements and strategies that would improve investment returns and reduce administrative and investment expenses.

Council approved the Pension Advisory Board’s recommendation and adopted a modification to the State College Borough Police and General Government Employees Pension Plan Investment Policy Statement, which changes the asset allocation mix to 65% equities (was 60%) and 35% fixed income (was 40%). The vote was six to one.

Collegiate Overlay Zoning Text Amendment Enactment
Borough Council held a public hearing on the text amendment on April 13, 2015. Council received public comment and reviewed those comments at the May 4, 2015 Council meeting. The Planning Commission received Council’s request to consider the benefit of LEED at their June 3 meeting and has maintained their support of the ordinance text and made no modifications.

Borough Council received a summary of the Planning Commission’s discussion at their June 15 meeting. During that meeting, Council determined the notice to enact should occur for the July 6, 2015 meeting. Council voted six to one to enact the text amendment.

Council adjourned.
Jun 15

Recent Action Report for June 15, 2015

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM by SCB Communications Coordinator

State College Borough Council Regular Meeting
June 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Consent Items
Council approved the following consent items.
  • Approve vouchers and payroll for the month of May in the amount of $2,883,612.57.
  • Approve minutes from the meetings held in May: 
    • May 4, 2015 Regular Meeting
    • May 11, 2015 Work Session
    • May 18, 2015 Special/Regular Meeting
  • Approve the resignation of Kirk Dimond, with regret, from the Design Review Board, effective July 8, 2015. Mr. Dimond is relocating out of state.
  • Designate Thursday, October 29, 2015, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. as Trick-or-Treat Night in the Borough.
  • Approve the closing of the 200 block of South Allen Street, between Beaver and Foster Avenues, as well as the use of the Allen Street Municipal Lot, on Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for the Borough sponsored LION Bash.
  • Approve the use of South Allen Street, between Waypoint Circle and the cul-de-sac, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday, June 20, 2015, for a neighborhood block party.
  • Award a contract to provide banking services for the Borough to First National Bank.
Council removed the award of Project #12-2015 (ADA Ramp Construction – Allen/Prospect and Allen/Hamilton) from the consent agenda. The motion to award the Project to to BCS Construction, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $57,425 passed unanimously.

2016-2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
Staff presented a wrap up and a final review of the 2016-2020 CIP. Council concluded its review of the CIP and approved a motion to place the 2016-2020 CIP on the agenda for adoption at the July 6 meeting.

Discussion of the Collegiate Housing Overlay (CHO) Zoning Text Amendment
Council received the Planning Commission’s report on the clarification of the LEED incentive in the Collegiate Housing Overlay (CHO) Zoning Text Amendment and approved a motion to give notice of its intent to act on the Amendment at the July 6, 2015 meeting.

Update on the Redevelopment of 224 South Allen Street
Planning Staff provided a report to Council on the status of the redevelopment plan for the former Verizon Building at 224 South Allen Street. Council provided comments for the Planning Commission to consider at their next meeting.

2015-2016 CATA Budget
Council approved a resolution for the 2015-2016 Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Budget, of which the local State College Borough appropriation is $100,137, authorizing and certifying that funds are available for this purpose.

Mayor’s Report
Based upon a request, Council agreed to set up a meeting to discuss the Toll Brother’s development with elected officials from Ferguson Township.

Council adjourned to an Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.