The joint work session between Ferguson Township and the State College Borough Water Authority on July 7 was a great success, and I encourage anyone living in the Centre Region to watch it on C-NET.
The work session showed that, although members of the water authority dislike the placement of the Toll Bros. development, they think that many of their concerns about safety have been addressed by the township.
Hopefully this alleviates concerns expressed in recent opinion pieces and letters to the editor about risks to our drinking water.
Perhaps a more important outcome of this work session is that SCBWA presented a vision of engagement and collaboration with the townships going forward.
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SCBWA member Jason Grottini and colleagues made several suggestions about how to include the authority in the planning process on future developments and how zoning overlays can protect water wells.
The supervisors seemed receptive to these ideas and indicated that they welcome SCBWA input in the future. Hopefully this will give townships more information and provide SCBWA with more agencies to provide opinions and feedback in the future.
Ferguson Township’s staff, the Board of Supervisors and the SCBWA deserve thanks for their hard work and collaboration. In particular, the efforts of township Manager Mark Kunkle and SCBWA Executive Director John Lichman deserve mention.
Hopefully these types of meetings will become commonplace across all municipalities served by the SCBWA.
The writer is the son of Ferguson Township Supervisor Steve Miller.