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Centre commissioners approve land development in Benner Township

BELLEFONTE — At the first Centre County Board of Commissioners’ meeting of 2020, the board helped finalize a plan that will aid in development of land in Benner Township.

Centre County’s Subdivision and Land Development Planner Chris Schnure presented three plans that will develop different areas of the township.

In all three cases, the commissioners agreed to Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) and unanimously pushed the items to next week’s consent agenda.

“The MOUs that are being presented today are a three-party agreement between the developer, the township and the county,” Schnure said. “The developer agrees to reimburse Benner Township for the cost associated with the township engineer’s processing, reviewing and approving the engineering details of the plan.”

The first MOU that Schnure discussed was for the final land development for Phase II of a plan by All Storage Solutions, LLC. The proposal represents the next in a series of development phases for All Storage Solutions, LLC, showing an additional two storage buildings, one designated for RV storage (17 units) and the other building comprised of 58 individual self-storage units as well as corresponding infrastructure to service the proposed land development activity. According to Schnure, the facility will be located along the eastern boundary of Rock Road at its intersection with Fox Hill Road in Benner Township.

The second MOU discussed was for the revised preliminary land development plan for The Village of Nittany Glen. The proposal represents a revision to the previously approved preliminary land development plan for The Village of Nittany Glen, whereby the plans will now reflect a change in building type for a portion of the development by proposing 14 duplex buildings in lieu of single-family residences with corresponding infrastructure. The total buildout is proposed to contain 323 residential units with 182 proposed units and 141 units — including a clubhouse facility– already approved for development. The Village of Nittany Glen development complex is located along Fillmore Road, approximately three-quarters of a mile from its intersection with Fox Hill Road in Benner Township.

The final MOU for the final land development plan is for Phase IV for The Village of Nittany Glen. This proposal represents the next in a series of development phases for The Village of Nittany Glen, showing an additional 86 housing sites (58 single family units and 28 duplex units) with corresponding infrastructure. The total development area comprises 25.016 acres and lies within The Village of Nittany Glen development complex, which is located along Fillmore Road approximately three-quarters of a mile from its intersection with Fox Hill Road in Benner Township.

Commissioner Michael Pipe asked Schnure when construction would begin on the 86 housing sites.

“It’s generally as soon as possible,” Schnure said. “They have not given any specific date.”

Schnure speculated that construction will commence sometime in 2020.

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

— A proposal from the William Penn Printing Company to print election night ballots at a rate of 26 cents per ballot for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2024.

— Contract renewal with the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute for the SAVIN maintenance and service agreement. The service provides notification to victims upon the offender’s release from prison. There is no cost for the contract for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

— Contract renewal with Miller, Kistler and Campbell for the re-appointment of attorney Tracey Benson to serve as solicitor for the sheriff’s office. The annual retainer rate is $2,500 in years one and two, then increase to $3,000 for years three and four. The total cost is $11,000 for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2023.

— Contract renewal with Ronald J. Gilligan to provide real estate auctioneer services. The contract rate is $50 per sale for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2023.

— Contract renewal for the software maintenance agreement with Telesoft, Inc., County Suite: Sheriff. The contract total is $12,399 for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

— Contract renewal with the Center for Alternatives in Community Justice (CACJ). The contract includes the pre-trial release program ($136,086), Youth Aid Panel ($2,500) and Mediation Custody Court Program. CACJ is requesting that time spent in court and travel expense be paid ($3,969). The pre-trial release program is funded equally by the court and correctional facility ($68,043). The contract total is $142,555 for the period Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

The Board of Commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.

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