BELLEFONTE — The Centre County Board of Commissioners held a short and sweet meeting on Dec. 12 at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.

Without any declarations or presentations, the meeting lasted just a bit over 20 minutes.

The BOC did, however, approve fee for local use and liquid fuels funds for several projects.

The first fee for local use project featured a change in scope. A Walker Township project in the amount of $15,000, which was originally directed toward the Rodgers Road bridge project, was re-directed to Hemlock Street stormwater improvements.

County administrator John Franek explained the change.

“They were proposing to do a beam replacement on a bridge, (but) their engineering team took a look at things and decided that the recommendation was to not replace that at this time. They’d like to re-direct that money to a stormwater improvement project on Hemlock Street,” Franek said.

The cost of the Hemlock Street project is $24,300, Franek explained.

“The $15,000 would be applied against the cost of that project,” Franek said.

Chair Mark Higgins did not have a problem with the change in scope.

“I’m glad that the fee for local use is flexible enough that we can help a municipality do that,” Higgins said.

Fee for local use funds will also be distributed to Port Matilda Borough in the amount of $55,000 for replacement of the drainage system by High Street and Rail Line as part of a larger railroad crossing project.

“This is close to their borough building,” Franek said about the location of the project.

The estimated project cost is $150,000, according to Franek.

“I know that the intersection has been a challenge for them,” said Commissioner Amber Concepcion.

The final project involved liquid fuels funds in the amount of $39,180 for a reconstruction project in State College Borough. It includes movement and place of traffic, curb/gutter drainage, ADA ramps, bituminous base, binder and wearing courses and incidentals.

The total project cost is $1,720,847. The $39,180 from liquid fuels will help offset some of those costs.

“I was wondering how they were going to get away with getting all that work for a little more than $39,000,” Higgins joked.

All three projects were approved unanimously by the BOC.

It was announced that there will be no BOC meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26, due to the Christmas holiday. The final meeting of 2023 will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Willowbank Building. That meeting is open to the public and will be televised live by C-NET.

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