Search is on for district court space in Centre County



BELLEFONTE — A pair of Centre County District Court offices may soon be on the move.

On Tuesday, the Centre County commissioners approved a request for proposals for leasing and buildout of office space for magisterial district court No. 49-1-01 and magisterial district court No. 49-3-05. The offices are located in State College borough.

“We’re looking to put out an RFP to see if we can lease new space and have that built out by a contractor or realtor,” said Bob Jacobs, Centre County deputy administrator.

According to Jacobs, the county is looking for approximately 3,300 square feet per space.

“We’re looking for something with all the amenities to create a functioning courtroom and staff offices,” Jacobs said.

There are a total of six magisterial district courts in Centre County. The county owns two of the six spaces. The other four are leased spaces.

The two that may relocate are magisterial district court 49-1-01 located at 131 S. Fraser St. in State College, and magisterial district court 49-3-05 at 121 S. Pugh St. in State College.

“This RFP will enable us to coordinate those spaces, line up the leasing and make sure that they’re coordinated in terms of timing and hopefully have this done by the end of the year,” Jacobs said.

The advertisement for RFP will take place starting Friday, May 10. Jacobs said he hopes to have the RFPs back by Friday, June 7, open them on Tuesday, June 11 and negotiate a lease by Tuesday, June 25.

The timetable gives the county time to get the best price, said commissioner Michael Pipe.

“We just want to keep folks honest,” Pipe said. “We’ve had to long-term leases that have been great … but we just want to see what other options are out there,” he said.

If the offices move, the county will look to be in the new space by the end of the calendar year, Jacobs said.

“I’m hoping the timing is good,” said commissioner Mark Higgins. “There’s been a lot of new office space on the market in downtown State College with even more to come. I’m hoping there’s a lot of interest. We’re a very steady customer. We’ve been here for 219 years.”

Also on Tuesday, the commissioners made a pair of proclamations. The first proclaimed Friday, May 17 as Bike to Work Day and the entire month as Bicycle Awareness Month in Centre County. The second proclaimed Wednesday, May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 12-18 as National Police Week in Centre County.

The commissioners also approved a letter of support on behalf of Central Intermediate Unit 10 to secure funding from the United States

In other business, the commissioners moved several items to next week’s consent agenda:

∫ A contract with Blue Jeans Network, Inc., to provide video conferencing for the Bellefonte magisterial district judge’s office. The contract rate is $49 per month – a total of $588 for the period of May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.

∫ Replacement of the panic alert system by Vigilant Security, Inc., in the amount of $1,959 each for the Centre Region and Pugh Street Magisterial District Justice offices.

∫ Central Station Monitoring service provided via Bosch Connetix Cellular Communicator at a rate of $40 per month per office.

∫ Intergovernmental housing agreement with Northumberland County. The contract rate is $65 per day for the period of April 1, 2019 through Dec. 31. 2019.

∫ Agreement with Danville State Hospital for continuity of care. There is no cost for this agreement for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

∫ Annual licensing with DRS Imaging Services, Inc., for the ScanPro microfiche scanner/reader. The total cost is $249 for the period of May 2, 2019 through May 1, 2020.

The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.