Ahead of Monday night’s COG General Forum meeting, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22 at the COG building (2643 Gateway Drive) here’s a recap of the last month or so of activity on the proposed Whitehall Road Regional Park project, in the form of a chronological list of posts.
April 20, 2017 – Note sent to COG legislators, regarding the design selection by the ad hoc committee and projected cost overruns, ahead of April 24, 2017 General Forum meeting, at which the legislators were presented with yet another “information-only” report – the latest “information-only,” non-deliberative General Forum agenda item in a series dating back to September 2016.
May 2, 2017 – Citizen Action Alert: Whitehall Road Regional Park Finance Votes Coming Up in May, regarding the schedule of meetings; some background information on design and funding decisions; adverse auditor opinions on Parks Authority financial reports; pay-to-play proposals to obtain private funding for park amenities in exchange for priority use; legal principles regarding taxing authority as related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan, along with email contact info for General Forum legislators. 5.2.17 Watt Email to COG Auditors (no response received); 5.2.17 KW Email to COG Legislators.
May 11, 2017 – Water, Farmland & Accountable Local Government Protection Update – May 11, 2017 – Report on the joint meeting of the COG Finance Committee, COG Parks Capital Committee and Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority, including further analysis of the legal principles regarding taxing authority as related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan.
May 16, 2017 – Water, Farmland & Accountable Local Government Protection Update – May 16, 2017 – Report on Notice of Intent to Sue, delivered to State College Borough Council on Monday, May 15, in direct response to the obvious intent of the COG committee leadership and administrators to circumvent deliberative legislative procedures and usurp General Forum legislative authority regarding taxation related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan, for the gain of the Parks Authority and private interest groups. 5.15.17 KW Notice of Intent to Sue
May 17, 2017 – Water, Farmland and Accountable Local Government Protection Update – May 17 – Report on Commonwealth Court decision in Nittany Valley Water Coalition v. Toll Brothers, handed down May 17; agenda-setting discussion at COG Executive Committee; and the doctrine of non-delegation as it relates to General Forum authority regarding taxation related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan, for the gain of the Parks Authority and private interest groups.
Other useful resources:
- 11.27.06 COG Regional Parks Articles of Agreement
- 4.25.11 COG GF Minutes, with reference to Fulton Bank as the sole bidder for the loan, but no specific reference as to whether and how public bids were solicited, received or reviewed. Fulton Bank has about $1.4 million in interest payment profit at stake in the General Forum loan vote on May 22, on $4.8 in borrowed principal.
- 6.1.11 Regional Parks Loan and Guarantee Documents