State College Borough Council President Don Hahn said he will likely not reappoint himself as the 2013 Public Safety Representative to the Centre Region Council of Governments at today’s regularly scheduled council meeting.
He cited the council’s Dec. 17 decision to inform the COG of its intent to withdraw from their code building inspection program as his main reason for this decision.
State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham called the 5-2 decision a “shock” and said that Hahn “was never given a list of particulars about code before our intent to withdraw.”
“There was no advance discussion about this,” Hahn said.
Hahn said council member Sarah Klinetob will serve as an alternate Public Safety Representative, while he is “soliciting interest in others who wish to take over that spot.”
The other six committee representatives will likely be reappointed to their positions, Hahn said.
Council is also expected to discuss the draft of the Centre Region Comprehensive Plan, a document required by Pennsylvania state law designed cooperatively by six regional municipalities that is “intended to be inspiration for individual zoning ordinances,” Hahn said.
Council member Thomas Daubert said he doesn’t feel the plan will have the need for much discussion, but expects a recommended zoning map for the borough may prompt debate.
“The staff at COG keeps putting things in there that people in council don’t like,” Daubert said.“We’ve been fiddling around with it for months — it’s not our last discussion of it, that’s for sure.”
The Council will also discuss at its meeting an ordinance that will increase tapping fees for new users of the borough sewer system, which Daubert said he expects to be approved.