Public Meetings List

Subject to change; information collected from 2017 Centre County Municipal Officials Directory and agency websites. Meetings, especially subcommittee meetings, are often cancelled with little notice. Please contact the municipality, authority or committee to confirm meeting dates, times and locations if you are interested in attending. – KW, 1/7/20

FORMAT: Time – Public entity (components/location, 2010 population)

FIRST MONDAY:

  • 12:15 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Transportation and Land Use Committee
  • 7 p.m. – State College Borough Council (State College, 42,034)
  • 7 p.m. – Ferguson Township Supervisors (Ferguson, 17,690)
  • 7 p.m. – Patton Township Planning Commission (Patton, 15,311)
  • 7 p.m. – Spring Township Supervisors (7,470)
  • 7 p.m. – State College Area School District Board of Directors (6,800 students K-12)
  • 7 p.m. – Benner Township Supervisors (6,188)
  • 7 p.m. – Rush Township Planning Commission (4,008)
  • 7 p.m. – Potter Township Supervisors (3,517)
  • 7 p.m. – Gregg Township Planning Commission (2,405)
  • 7 p.m. – Liberty Township Water Authority (2,188)
  • 7 p.m. – Snow Shoe Township Supervisors (1,746)
  • 7 p.m. – Huston Township Supervisors (1,360)
  • 7 p.m. – Centre Hall Borough Planning Commission (1,265)
  • 7 p.m. – Port Matilda Sewer Authority (606)
  • 7 p.m. – Unionville Borough Council (291)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Bellefonte Borough Council (6,187)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Marion Township Supervisors (1,224)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Howard Township Supervisors (964)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Worth Township Planning Commission (824)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Curtin Township Supervisors (618)

FIRST TUESDAY

  • 10 a.m. – Centre County Commissioners (Bellefonte, 153,990)
  • 12 p.m. – State College Borough CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee
  • 6 p.m. – Ferguson Township Planning Commission (Ferguson, 17,690)
  • 6 p.m. – Bellefonte Borough Authority (Bellefonte, 6,187)
  • 6 p.m. – Liberty Township Sewer Department (2,188)
  • 7 p.m. – Upper Bald Eagle/Halfmoon Council of Governments
  • 7 p.m. – Haines-Aaronsburg Municipal Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Potter Township Planning Commission (3,517)
  • 7 p.m. – Liberty Township Supervisors (2188)
  • 7 p.m. – Halfmoon Township Planning Commission (2,667)
  • 7 p.m. – Boggs Township Supervisors (2,985)
  • 7:30 p.m. – College Township Planning Commission (9,521)

FIRST WEDNESDAY

  • 7 a.m. – College Township Water Authority
  • 7:30 a.m. – Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 12 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Human Resources Committee
  • 12 p.m. – State College Borough Planning Commission (42,034)
  • 6 p.m. – Walker Township Supervisors (4,433)
  • 7 p.m. – Huston Township Planning Commission (1,360)
  • 7 p.m. – Burnside Township Supervisors (439)

FIRST THURSDAY

  • 12:15 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Public Services and Environmental Committee
  • 6:30 p.m. – Centre Regional Planning Commission (State College, Ferguson, Patton, College, Harris, Halfmoon and Penn State)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Miles Township Supervisors (1,983)
  • 7 p.m. – College Township Council
  • 7 p.m. – Worth Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Penn Township Planning Commission
  • 7:30 p.m. – Marion Township Supervisors
  • 7:30 p.m. – Penn Township Supervisors

SECOND MONDAY

  • 6:30 p.m. – Milesburg Borough Council
  • 7 p.m. – State College Borough Council
  • 7 p.m. – Ferguson Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Patton Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Spring-Benner-Walker Joint Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Haines-Woodward Municipal Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Taylor Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Potter Township Supervisors
  • 7:30 p.m. – Harris Township Supervisors
  • 7:30 p.m. – Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority
  • 7:30 p.m. – Howard Borough Council

SECOND TUESDAY

  • 10 a.m. – Centre County Commissioners
  • 12 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Public Safety Committee
  • 12:15 p.m. – State College Borough Transportation Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Snowshoe Borough Council
  • 7 p.m. – Millheim Borough Council

SECOND WEDNESDAY

  • 6 p.m. – Schlow Library Board
  • 6 p.m. – Bellefonte Area Industrial Development Corporation
  • 7 p.m. – Centre Hall-Potter Sewer Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Mid-Centre County Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Union Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Patton Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Haines Township Planning Commission

SECOND THURSDAY

  • 8:30 a.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Finance Committee
  • 12:15 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Parks Capital Committee
  • 6:30 p.m. – Gregg Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Halfmoon Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Benner Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Rush Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Centre Hall Borough Council

THIRD MONDAY

  • 7 p.m. State College Borough Council
  • 7 p.m. – State College Area School District Board of Directors (6,800 students K-12)
  • 7 p.m. – Philipsburg Borough Council
  • 7 p.m. – Spring Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Ferguson Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – College Township Pakrs and Recreation Committeee
  • 7 p.m. Mountaintop Regional Water Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Harris Township Planning Commission
  • 7:30 p.m. – Bellefonte Borough Council

THIRD TUESDAY

  • 8 a.m. – Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau Board
  • 10 a.m. – Centre County Commissioners
  • 12:15 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Executive Committee
  • 5:30 p.m. – Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership
  • 6 p.m. – Centre County Planning Commission
  • 6:30 p.m. – Benner Township Water Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Halfmoon Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Port Matilda Borough Council
  • 7:30 p.m. – College Township Planning Commission

THIRD WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 a.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments Managers Roundtable (closed to the public). Note: This is a guess about date and time based on old calendars.
  • 9:30 a.m. – College Township Industrial Development Authority
  • 4 p.m. – University Area Joint Authority
  • 6 p.m. – Walker Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Spring Creek Watershed Commission (alternate months)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Osceola-Rush-Decatur Authority

THIRD THURSDAY

  • 12:15 p.m. – Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority
  • 4 p.m. – State College Borough Water Authority
  • 6 p.m – Centre County Airport Authority
  • 6:30 p.m. – Haines Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m – State College Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – College Township Council
  • 7 p.m – Halfmoon Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Snowshoe Sewer Authority

FOURTH MONDAY

  • 4 p.m. – Centre Area Transportation Authority Board
  • 5 p.m. – Bellefonte Planning Commission
  • 6:30 p.m. – Milesburg Water Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Ferguson Township Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Centre Region Council of Governments General Forum
  • 7 p.m. – Spring Benner Walker Joint Authority

FOURTH TUESDAY

  • 10 a.m. – Centre County Commissioners
  • 7 p.m. – Millheim Borough Planning Commission
  • 7 p.m. – Potter Township Plannign Commission

FOURTH WEDNESDAY

  • 5:30 p.m. – Centre County Refuse and Recycling Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Patton Township Supervisors
  • 7:30 p.m. – Harris Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Moshannon Valley Council of Governments
  • 7 p.m. – Spring Township Water Authority

FOURTH THURSDAY

  • 12 p.m. – State College Borough Redevelopment Authority
  • 7 p.m. – Halfmoon Township Supervisors
  • 7 p.m. – Benner Township Planning Commission
  • 7:30 p.m. – Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board

INFORMATION PENDING

  • PSU Board of Trustees, committees, PSU upper admin.
  • CRCOG ad hoc committees (regional parks plan steering, facilities planning, etc.)
  • MS4 coordinating committee
  • Centre County Housing Authority Board of Directors
  • Centre County Industrial Development Authority and General Authority Board of Directors
  • Centre County Industrial Development Corporation & related entities
  • Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization Committee
  • Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County Board of Directors
  • Downtown State College Improvement District Board of DIrectors
  • Nittany Valley Joint Planning Commission
  • Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation
  • Bellefonte School District Board of Directors
  • Philipsburg Osceola School District Board of Directors
  • Penns Valley Board of Directors
  • Other school districts

NOTE 1/7/20:

Part of my 2020 plan is to attend more public meetings, focused on State College Borough Council and Planning Commission, Centre Region Council of Governments and its standing and ad hoc committees, State College Borough Water Authority and University Area Joint Authority.

I’ve been working on a list of Centre County public meetings – work in progress now posted above. The ones in bold are the ones I’ll try to either attend or watch on C-NET each month this year.

I can’t emphasize enough: these public meetings are only the very tippy-top of the iceberg of local decision-making about how much to tax the population, and what services to spend taxpayer money upon. The vast, subsurface majority of the decisions are made, not by volunteer elected and appointed officials at public meetings, but by unelected, salaried managerial bureaucrats and private corporate representatives at closed-door meetings among themselves. The staff and lobbyists make the decisions privately, and then present them in public as part of a ritualized performance of “democracy,” to obtain rubber-stamp approval votes and bring the decisions into the public record.

Elected representatives could fight back, but they generally don’t. Maybe some of them will this year.

Despite the limitations of public meetings, the tip of the iceberg still provides clues about the size and scope of the subsurface structures, just as an experienced sailor can read the water flow on the surface to identify rocks lurking just beneath.

That’s my goal in attending and watching meetings more regularly this year: to watch the flows of public information and public money for clues to the workings of the private structural features underneath.