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State College Borough Council Approves $52 Million Spending Plan

by on June 16, 2014 9:49 PM

State College Borough Council approved a five-year capital improvement plan Monday night.

The $52.2 million plan covers infrastructure spending for 2015 to 2019. It includes $10.2 million in spending for 2015.

The plan requires general fund contributions of $2.2 million in 2015; $1.3 million in 2016; $1.6 million in 2017; $1.1 million in 2018; and $860,480 in 2019.

The plan includes the following projects:

- Pugh Street Garage replacement, $22 million

- Atherton Street corridor improvements, $2.15 million

- Street reconstruction, $3.4 million

- Central business district streetlights, $1.25 million

- Traffic signal and intersection safety improvements, $695,000

- Downtown Master Plan infrastructure improvements, $6.3 million

Council approved the plan with a 6-to-1 vote. Councilman Tom Daubert voted against the plan. Daubert says he's not opposed to the projects within the plan, but in his view adequate planning has not yet taken place to tackle the projects.

Specifically, Daubert took issue with allocating $350,000 in 2015 for consultants to take a look at the downtown improvement plan, which targets retail, housing and office markets, and then a year later allocating $3.5 million for the project "before we have any priorities."

Councilman Peter Morris notes that the plan was just that and not a budget allocation therefore the figures can be adjusted as needed as each capital project moves forward.

Council also agreed unanimously to allocate $90,000 to the Centre Area Transportation Authority for the 2014-2015 budget to match state funds.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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