Members of the Centre Region Council of Governments have agreed to send the 2016 Program Plan to the municipalities for review and comment.
The 287-page plan is “intended to provide the General Forum with an explanation of each regional program’s history, services, current issues, midyear financial status, and proposed programmatic and financial changes for 2016.”
This is the 14th plan to be created since the program began in 2001.
Each municipality schedules an examination of the plan on its agenda and submits written comments. Those comments are then taken to their respective agency directors, who can decide if the project deserves support or if more information is needed.
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According to the plan, 2015 revenues were generated from a number of sources, including construction permit fees, Centre County Refuse and Recycling Authority rebates and health insurance reimbursements totaling more than $1.5 million.
Funding for Schlow Centre Region Library remains largely up in the air, the plan indicates, because any state aid or district funding is unknown at this point. The library parking system remains, leaving the question of whether municipalities should contribute to the library’s capital fund of $100,000 for 2016.
On a positive side, this year the library received one of its largest private donations — $237,000 — which will be paid in annual disbursements.
The plan itself faces several more unknowns, including whether the land development plan for the proposed Whitehall Road Regional Park in Ferguson Township will be approved. The $5.1 million project is dependent on the construction of a road and provision of sewer service by the developer of the adjoining property.
A delay in proceeding with development of the park could impact a $5.2 million loan with Fulton Bank for development of the park, the plan states.
A centralized park-maintenance facility project also adds to the unknowns, the plan said. The $2.5 million project would require a loan and a financial plan approved by the general forum.
Other big-ticket proposals include $84,000 for upgrades to the COG building itself, the plan said, and if an Alpha Fire Company 1996 KME pumper truck should be replaced at an estimated cost of $695,000.
The full program plan proposal can be found at www.crcog.net. The Centre Region municipalities have until Aug. 20 to submit their comments to the COG Finance Committee.