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Borough Council Considers Student Rental Housing

by on October 08, 2013 7:10 AM

Housing regulation was once again a hot topic for the State College Borough Council at the council's meeting Monday night.

The council received a series of recommendations regarding the student rental licensing process.

One proposal would establish a new fine structure for violations that occur at a property.

The recommendations would maintain the current threshold for a property being suspended at 10 points. Residents receive points for borough ordinance violations, such as noise violations, which results in two points.

Council member Tom Daubert disagrees with the way the borough issues point violations.

"It should not be a flat number of points," Daubert says. "A simple noise violation on a Saturday afternoon is not the same as a Sunday morning at 2 a.m."

Daubert says residents should receive more points with each individual violation, as opposed to receiving a flat number of points with each violation.

The council voted to discuss the issue next Monday, and scheduled a hearing to consider housing regulation on Nov. 4.

Council members also voted to award the Municipal Service Facility Project to Poole Anderson Construction, which submitted the lowest bid. The project includes a new building, a truck wash, installing a fuel dispensing system and the construction of a covered impound shelter. The board authorized the borrowing of approximately $9.7 million for this project and the Atherton Street corridor project.

Some residents, however, were not happy about the cost of the project.

"It's easily a million or more over," says Pat Vernon. "Go back to architect. Say here's the amount of money we want to spend and bring us a building in at that cost range."

Council member Jim Rosenberger says the costs are surprisingly high, and that he would like to know if these buildings will save the borough money down the road by helping to keep the vehicles they house in better shape for longer.

Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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