Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition July 9, 2018 Memorandum to Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority Board regarding Whitehall Road Regional Park Design Considerations – 7.15.18 Bailiwick News (PDF)
The State College Borough Water Authority will be reconsidering Toll Brothers’ request for an easement permitting construction of a sewage conveyance pipeline across deed-restricted conservation land owned by SCBWA, at the water authority’s meeting Thursday July 19 at 4 p.m. at 1201 West Branch Road. For background, please read May 1, May 7 and May 21, 2018 Bailiwick News reporting. See also: Attorney Jordan Yeager letter to SCBWA re: proposed easement, legal implications of covenant on SCBWA land – 5.3.18 Yeager Letter to SCBWA
UPDATE RE SCBWA VOTE:
On July 19, the State College Borough Water Authority Board denied Toll Brothers request for an easement which, if granted, would have allowed the developer to run a high-pressure sewage pipeline across SCBWA land purchased in 2008 for water conservation, with deed restrictions memorializing that purpose and running with the land.
The vote was 4-1, with Hoffnar, Burgos, Brennan and Grottini voting to deny the easement, Petersen voting to grant the easement, Kern not voting and not abstaining, and Enscore absent.
It was a remarkable result, and the discussion was riveting, focused on the water board’s ethical obligations to protect public water. The discussion also included the revelation that Toll Brothers attorneys threatened to file suit in federal court if the water board used its discretion as landowner to deny the easement.