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UPUA calls for State College to postpone Property Maintenance Code

The University Park Undergraduate Association has called on the State College Borough Council to postpone the decision to amend the Centre Region Building Safety and Property Maintenance Code until the fall semester.

According to a UPUA press release, State College sent 12 recommendations to the Centre Region Code Agency in November. Some of the recommendations — including requiring fraternity kitchens to be inspected regularly, enforcing occupancy limits within a gated fence and disallowing interior furniture to be outside — would affect student housing more than private residential housing.

Although students were promised inclusion in discussion before the amendments were finalized, the press release said students were not invited to participate until April 19, after a finalized draft had already been sent to council .

“The Council has historically been apprehensive to schedule major hearings or votes on matters affecting students during the summer months when a large portion of the student body leaves the State College area,” UPUA President Terry Ford said in the release.

Ford asked that borough council postpone its vote on the recommendations until the fall, when students can have a chance to share their input.

“While the proposed changes themselves seem largely disagreeable to many students, the process by which they have been introduced is of greater concern,” Ford said.

UPUA encourages students to attend the State College Borough Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St.