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By on May 4, 2022 0

BELLEFONTE — An aborted land use plan for the one-million-square-foot Benner Commerce Park warehouse, which would have created nearly 700 jobs in Center County, was discussed at the Board of Commissioners meeting from Central County on Tuesday.

Chairman Michael Pipe was asked if there had been any other communications between the developer and the county.

“There was none”, said Pipe in a neutral tone. “Their communication from (last week) was basically that the plans had been pulled and we reached out to them to see if there was anything we could debrief on.”

Pipe said he would like to know more about future plans.

“We would like to know what their future plans would be if they came back and re-engaged, so that interests us. Time will tell us,” said Pipe.

Last week, the Center County Community Planning and Development Office received official notification that the developer was withdrawing the plans. The plans were initially presented to the BOC at the April 19 meeting. Since then, speculation has pointed to Amazon as the likely employer.

Attempts to contact SunCap Property Group were unsuccessful.

It was a busy day for the Commissioners. During the 75 minute meeting, there were numerous orders, proclamations and contract approvals. In other business on Tuesday:

— The commissioners approved the announcement of Ordinance No. 1 of 2022 which establishes a scale of property tax abatement for the rehabilitation of commercial buildings in the borough of Bellefonte in application of Law 72 on the improvement of degraded real estate or tax exemption zones. Commissioners will consider passage of the ordinance on Tuesday, May 17.

– Passed Proclamation No. 15 of 2022, proclaiming May 1-7 Corrections Employee Week in Center County.

– Passed Proclamation No. 16 of 2022, proclaiming May Foster Care Awareness Month in Center County.

— Authorized Public Financial Management (PFM) to solicit information from underwriting firms in connection with the upcoming general bond issue, 2022 series.

– Filed the contract award for the Invitation to Provide Congregate, Home and Stable Meals to Seniors in Center County. It will be tabled until next week’s meeting, Tuesday, May 10.

– Approved a contract renewal with Pennsylvania State University to provide law enforcement assistance as needed for Penn State home football games. The University agrees to pay the county a rate of $66.66 per hour for each deputy sheriff who provides law enforcement services. The contract has a duration of one year from the date of execution. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Agriculture authorizing the jurisdiction to perform certain weights and measures inspections for the period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027. The memorandum of understanding was added to the order of the consent day next week.

— Approved several contracts for the office of adult and aging services. The contracts were with the following groups: Arcadia, Helpmates, Inc., Caregivers America and Angels on Call. Each contract is $22 per hour and runs from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025.

— Approved the purchase of several vehicles from Hoffman Ford County. The vehicles are: A 2022 Ford Explorer, a 2022 Ford F-150 and two 2022 Ford Escapes. Vehicle prices range from $26,245 to $49,500.

– Approved a referral agreement between the AIDS Resource Alliance and the county for a period of May 10, 2022 to May 10, 2024. This item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approval of a contract with Vertiv Corporation for the replacement of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery. The contract total is $17,221.40 for the period April 11, 2022 to October 11, 2022. This item has also been moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approval of a contract renewal with CDW-G for Cisco Duo Security. Duo is a multiple authentication application used to improve cybersecurity. The contract total is $18,360 for the period June 4, 2022 to June 3, 2023. This item has been moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved the destruction of county records of the following departments: Financial Management, Risk Management, Tax Assessment, Transportation, Treasurer, District Judge, Human Resources, Domestic Relations, Comptroller, and Central Counties Youth Center. All records exceed the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commissioner’s Records Retention Guidelines.

— Honored County Administrator Margaret Gray, who is retiring. Tuesday marked Gray’s last BOC meeting.

Commissioners will meet again at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at the Willowbank Building. The meeting is open to the public and will also be broadcast live by C-NET.



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