Ferguson Township

Candidates for State College Borough Council, Gopal Balachandran, Divine Lipscomb and Rich Biever posed for a photo next to a large sign with their names and faces on
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On a recent Sunday afternoon, Tierra Williams and Rich Biever co-hosted a “politics and poetry” event at the Tudek Park in State College. 

“The purpose of this event is to gather in the name of change,” Biever announced. 

Both Biever and Williams are candidates in this year’s municipal elections. Williams is running for a seat on the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and Biever is a candidate for the State College Borough Council.

Township manager Adam Pribulka standing in the road in front of a house pointing to snow melting into a drain pipe.
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David Pribulka, manager of Ferguson Township in Centre County, stood on a suburban street in late February, as snow melted and ran down a drain. The township recently adopted a stormwater fee, and he was pointing to one of the projects the fee will help pay for: a badly needed improvement to a drainage way. 

In this file photo from July 2018, Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna spoke at a town hall in Philipsburg on opioids.
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Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna, the Centre County sheriff, and police chiefs from State College and Bellefonte, Spring, Patton, and Ferguson Townships and Penn State released statements Thursday on racial inequities in the United States and a police officer’s oath to protect and serve. 

Ferguson Township Considering Plastic Bag Fee

Jun 3, 2019
Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors is hashing out details on a ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags.
Mark Baker / AP Photo

Ferguson Township could become one of the first municipalities in Centre County to follow a national trend of imposing a fee on single use plastic bags. At their May 20th meeting Ferguson Township Supervisors directed township manager David Pribulka to draft an ordinance for a plastic bags fee. Pribulka expects to present the ordinance to the board sometime in July. The board will then decide if the fee should be pursued, and how much plastic bags would cost. Pribulka added that the public will have a lot of say on the fee.

Runners on Musser Greenway path
Penn State

Penn State has announced that it is “investigating ways to conserve” a 365-acre property between Rothrock State Park and the future Whitehall Road Regional Park. 

That farmland could be home to passive uses like walking trails, under plans Penn State is developing with ClearWater Conservancy.

The university announced Tuesday it has committed to a passive-use, conservation-based approach for the property. A spokesman said the university plans to “return the land to a more natural state that helps to promote biodiversity and protect the water.”

workers installing land fencing
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Drivers on Whitehall Road in the State College area may encounter lane closures once work begins on the Toll Brothers project. The company is slated to build a student housing development on land it bought from Penn State.

According to a Toll Brothers spokesman, the company is on schedule with the project and plans to begin site work "in the coming weeks." 

Part of the Toll Brothers project is installing a sewer line.

park plan drawing
CRPR

“This is the master site plan that was updated in 2014,” explained Pam Salokangas, director of Centre Region Parks and Recreation.

She was looking at a sketch of the future park Whitehall Road Regional Park in the State College area. 

“Those two things right there — the pavilion and the playground — are their centerpiece," she said. "The fields are around that. And, of course the park includes about a 15,000-linear foot walking trail.”

people at immigrant holding facility
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector / Associated Press

At least two Centre County municipalities are speaking against the Trump administration’s policy that separates families who enter the U.S. illegally. Leaders in State College and Ferguson Township voted to contact U.S. Congressmen urging them to take action.

Evan Myers, president of State College council, said the borough wants to be a welcoming community, one that believes diversity and inclusion make it stronger.

Myers said the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy separating children from parents who try to enter the country goes against that.

Penn State employees remove canopies belonging to members of the Nittany Valley Watershed Coalition from the site the university has sold to Toll Brothers for a student housing development.
Nittany Valley Watershed Coalition

Penn State has followed through on its warning to protestors of a proposed housing development on Whitehall Road in State College. The university evicted the group Wednesday morning.

Undeveloped land
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

A key hearing took place in Bellefonte in the fight over a planned student housing complex named “The Cottages at State College.”

Jordan Yeager, the lawyer representing a group of Ferguson township residents who live near the proposed development, argued the plans for the complex encroach on an adjacent area zoned as agricultural. He said, “What they want to do is put the storm water management facilities that are a part of this massive development in a zoning district where that development isn’t allowed.”

Kelli Hoover gives a presentation at the fundraising event on June 3.
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The Nittany Valley Water Coalition held an event Friday at a private residence to support their lawsuit against the Ferguson Township Council and the real estate company the Toll Brothers. About 60 people were in attendance to hear the group’s plans to stop the new student housing development in State College.

Penn State student Nicholas W. Snyder, 23, was found dead in his home on West College Avenue on Saturday, March 19. Snyder was originally from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and enrolled full-time at Penn State University Park, majoring in hospitality management.

Ferguson Township police responded and found no signs of foul play. Police suspect the death may be related to a substance overdose. The autopsy was performed on Sunday at the Centre County Coroner's Office.

Early Sunday morning, Ferguson Township Police in State College reported finding a deceased woman on the side of Plainfield Road. There were no obvious signs of trauma and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Police believe it is not connected to the recent murder of Pine Grove Mills resident Jean Tuggy. More information will follow after the autopsy, scheduled for February 15.

Colleen Unroe as she declines the position on the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

At the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting last night, three new supervisors-elect were scheduled to be sworn in. As outspoken candidates opposed to a new student housing development, they defeated all of the incumbents up for reelection in November.

Ferguson Township residents hold signs protesting "The Cottages at State College."
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Last night at the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the board voted to approve the proposed student housing complex to be built by the Toll Brothers.

The development will be named “The Cottages at State College” and located on White Hall Road and Blue Course Drive. This plan has been controversial because of worries it could threaten the town’s water supply.

The proposed building site for "The Cottages" on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive.
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Both candidates for Ward 1 of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors say they believe it’s important to balance economic development and environmental preservation. But they disagree on what to do about a new development planned in the township.

A student housing complex named “The Cottages” is being planned on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive. The Toll Brothers developers want to buy the land from Penn State. But they need the go-ahead from the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors to start building.

The proposed building site for "The Cottages" on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Dave Yoxtheimer, a hydro geologist at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, walks through a seemingly unremarkable tract of land. It’s near Blue Course Drive and Whitehall Road, in State College’s Ferguson Township. Although it seems barren to the naked eye, the land serves an important purpose for the town’s water.

Colleen Unroe and Toby Short
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Two members of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors up for reelection this year probably thought they were shoo-ins. Dick Mascolo and Drew Clemson were unopposed on yesterday’s Republican primary ballot with no one registered to run on the Democratic side. But concerns over a proposed housing development led a slate of new candidates to enter the race at the last minute as write-ins.