On Centre: Centre Region | State College Borough Council approves more inscribed brick pavers downtown

By Jessica VanderKolkOctober 11, 2013 

— The Borough Council on Monday approved another request for inscribed brick pavers, its second in about as many weeks.

This time it came from the State College Area School District, which already is installing brick pavers on the Fraser Street sidewalk as part of the Memorial Field renovation project. Using bricks already was approved by the borough during the planning process, to be consistent with previous brick usage on Fraser.

The district plans to sell the pavers as part of the field’s re-dedication, which required a waiver from the borough because inscribed pavers are considered a sign under local law.

Officials already have created a brick-selling policy, which indicates that “inscriptions are limited to legal names of individuals, families, organizations or businesses.”

Councilman Tom Daubert thought that was a bit restrictive, noting he would have to include his name as “Thomas E. Daubert” instead of “Tom.”

While he said he wasn’t against the project, Daubert said he worried about a current trend. Last month, local artist Michael Pilato asked and received approval for placing pavers in front of the “Inspiration” mural on Hiester Street. The State Theatre and Tavern Restaurant also are home to such bricks.

“My observation has been that brick pavement is more attractive than normal concrete pavement,” said Councilman Peter Morris. “Maybe we don’t want the whole town covered in bricks. We’re not anywhere near that.”

The bricks are $250 and will help fund the continuing field project.

Coffee and Conversation

Early birds with a burning question for Ferguson Township officials or who just want to chat can head to the township’s next Coffee and Conversation event Tuesday.

Manager Mark Kunkle and Assistant Manager Dave Pribulka are scheduled to appear from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Naked Egg Café, 320 E. Pine Grove Road.

This will be the third such event, and residents can take the informal opportunity to raise issues of concern.

Code survey

The Centre Region Code Agency sent its customer satisfaction surveys late last month and, as of Oct. 3, received back 74 of 480 mailed.

The survey is one of the Council of Governments’ efforts to improve agency service, some of which were in progress last year and some of which began early this year, when the State College Borough Council started discussions about withdrawing from the program.

Results so far show that almost 95 percent of respondents rate their overall experience with the agency on their most recent construction project as “excellent” (29 respondents) or “good” (41 respondents).

The deadline to return the surveys is Monday, and COG staff will analyze the data and share it with elected officials.

Jessica VanderKolk writes this weekly column featuring news from the Centre Region. Contact her at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @jVanReporter.

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