Local News 3-26-14

REDEVELOPMENT MEETING

The State College Borough Redevelopment Authority will meet today at noon in room 241 of the downtown municipal building. The authority will receive an update on the Homestead Investment Program. Additionally, the spring Community Forum and Work Program will be reviewed and discussed. The public is encouraged to attend.

PENN STATE COACHES CARAVAN

Registration for the Penn State Coaches Caravan is underway for Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members. The 2014 tour will stop in 17 different locations, including 13 within Pennsylvania. General public registration begins on March 31st. Penn State football head coach James Franklin will appear at each stop and will be joined by other Penn State head coaches.

CONCERNS OVER 911 FUNDING

County commissioners from across Pennsylvania are concerned about funding for 911 emergency response systems. According to the Centre Daily Times, a law funding county 911 operations expires in June. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Spring Conference concluded yesterday in Harrisburg. Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe says state wireless communication surcharges serve as an important provider for emergency systems. Monthly landline and cell phone charges are used to support emergency communication.

IDENTIFYING ONLINE RENTAL SCAMS

State College Police are urging residents to use caution when answering online ads for rental properties. Police say scammers are posing as local realty agencies offering properties for rent and collecting untraceable deposits. Police remind residents to contact real estate agencies in-person or to verify properties with trusted agencies.


PARKING TICKET PAYMENTS

Paying off a pesky parking ticket in the State College borough just got easier. Through a partnership with TicketZen, tickets received in the borough can be paid instantly using an iPhone. Violators can simply scan the ticket barcode or enter the violation number into an iOS device and use a credit card to cover the fine. State College is the first city in Pennsylvania to introduce the technology.