Welcome to the Ferguson Township "Frequently Asked Questions" page. Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive in our office. If you can't find an answer here, don't worry! You can always call us during our normal business hours at (814) 238-4651. You can also fill out the Contact Us form on our website.
How do I submit a Right-to-Know request?
They missed my trash. What should I do?
The Township Manager and Chief of Police are the designated Right-to-Know Officers for Ferguson Township.
Requests for non-police records may be submitted to:
Mark Kunkle, Township Manager
3147 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801
Tel: (814) 238-4651
Fax: (814) 238-3454
Requests for police records may be submitted to:
Diane Conrad, Chief of Police
3147 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801
Tel: (814) 238-1172
Fax: (814) 238-3454
To download a copy of the standard Right-to-Know Request Form, click here. For more information on submitting a Right-to-Know request, click here.
How should I dispose of old paint and other chemicals?
If your trash was not collected on your regularly scheduled collection day, consider the following questions:
- Was your trash out by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day?
- Was the trash placed in bags or trash cans?
- Did each container weigh less than 40 pounds?
- Is your account up to date?
- Is collection following a regular schedule this week? (No holiday delays)
- Was the container free of leaves and grass clippings?
If you answered "Yes" to all of the above questions, then it is possible that the driver made a mistake. Please contact Advanced Disposal at (814) 237-3713 by noon the next day to report the missed stop. A driver will return to the property and remove the trash generally within one business day.
When is bulk waste pickup?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be managed in several ways. First, by preventing its generation in the first place. Select the least toxic item and buy the minimum necessary to do the job. Second, if the HHW material is still useable, check with friends and neighbors to see if they might be able to use it. Also, check with community groups such as the Little League, Habitat for Humanity, and others to see if they can use the product. Third, if the material is not useable, it should be taken to the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority Hazardous Household Waste Collection Event. To see when the next event is scheduled, click here.
Lastly, if you must discard the material prior to the next scheduled event, you may discard them in your regular trash pickup, provided:
- You have read the label and complied with any disposal directions.
- Liquids have either been allowed to evaporate (if water-based) or absorbed (if non-water based) on some material such as vermiculite, cat litter, or sawdust, so that there are no freestanding liquids.
- The remaining residue has been packaged to prevent leakage while the material is being transported to the disposal facility.
- The material is placed out in small quantities over several collection periods.
For more information, visit the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority by clicking here.
When is Trick or Treat scheduled?
2016 Fall Bulk Waste collection will take place the week of October 10 - 14, 2016 on your regularly scheduled collection day. Advanced Disposal will collect old furniture, bedding, carpeting, and tires (some restrictions apply). Advanced Disposal will also recycle your appliances, computers, and televisions.
Remember to have all items at the curb by 7 am on your regularly scheduled collection day. This service is for curbside customers only, not townhomes and apartments with dumpsters.
Visit the Bulk Waste Collection section on the Centre Region Refuse & Recycling homepage for more information.
Where do I take my invoice for having my septic tank pumped?
2015 Trick or Treat Night in Ferguson Township is Thursday, October 29. This is scheduled by Resolution of the Board of Supervisors each year. It generally occurs on or around Halloween. Check the website for each year's announcement.
Invoices for having your septic tank pumped may be dropped off at the Centre Region Code Agency office on the first floor of the Centre Region Council of Governments located at 2643 Gateway Dr. State College, PA 16801. For directions, click here.
Where can I register to vote?
What are the Township's hours of operation?
Bellefonte Courthouse - Here, you can register to vote and find out where to vote. Call (814) 355-6703 or visit the Elections and Voter Registration web site at http://www.co.centre.pa.us.
Where can I find meeting minutes from previous meetings?
Ferguson Township's regular hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday.
How can I contact a member of the Board of Supervisors?
Meeting minutes for the Board of Supervisors Regular Meetings can be found online by clicking here.
When are Township meetings?
Do I need a permit to hand out flyers or sell door-to-door?
You can contact the Board of Supervisors by email address listed below. Alternatively, you are invited to speak directly to the Board during the Citizen's Input item at each Regular Meeting to discuss items that are not on the night's agenda.
Anyone engaging in any of the following activities is required to apply for and obtain a license from the Township Manager:
- Peddling, soliciting, or taking orders, either by sample or otherwise for any goods, wares, or merchandise on any street, sidewalk, public ground, or from house to house in Ferguson Township;
- Selling, soliciting, or taking orders for any goods, wares, or merchandise from a fixed location within the Township, on a temporary basis, which shall include, but shall not be limited to such activities conducted at the time of special occasions or celebrations, for seasonal purposes, or for or in advance of specific yearly holidays;
- Any required State or County licenses shall also be obtained and provided at the time of application to the Township. Every license holder is required to carry such license or display it at the location where he is engaged in business.
I was informed I need to trim my shrubs because they block the view. Who can I talk to?
When is brush and leaf collection?
Questions regarding requests to trim shrubs because they are blocking the view should be directed to the Ferguson Township Public Works Department. You may contact the Public Works Department by calling (814) 238-4651 or by using the Contact Us form on our website.
How do I report a sinkhole?
Brush and leaf collection begins on the first Monday of each month of the year, weather permitting. If the first Monday is a holiday, collection will commence on the following day. Brush and leaves must be curbside at 7:00 a.m. on the first Monday of every month to be collected. For more information, click here or call the Township at (814) 238-4651 and press option 4 for brush and leaf collection information.
I have begun to have trouble with water in my basement or yard. Who can I talk to?
Sinkholes or significant road depressions or collapses in the road surface or area adjacent to the street may be reported to the Public Works Department by calling (814) 238-4651 and selecting Option 2. You may also complete a contact Us Form by clicking here.
When a sinkhole occurs in your yard, it is likely due to water being concentrated in a location that it had not been before. This could be the result of filling or grading on your lot, a broken water lateral, a broken sewer lateral, or a buried roof drain or rock sump. Your water company or sewer provider can assist you in determining the soundness of your lateral. Your building contractor or a local hydrogeologist may be able to provide you with additional guidance or answers. The Township typically does not get involved with investigating or ameliorating sinkholes on private property.
Why are there different colored flags in my yard or along the sidewalk?
The Township Engineer manages the Township's Stormwater Ordinance. Most often, though, issues with basement flooding do not fall under the purview of the Township Engineer. Homeowners should ensure that there is proper positive drainage away from their home. New homes should be set with a first floor elevation above the surrounding grade. Steps should also be taken to ensure proper waterproofing of exterior basement walls, check that downspouts are not clogged, and that underground sumps are functioning properly. Perched water tables or high ground in some areas is cause for basement sump pumps. Questions regarding the Township's Stormwater Ordinance should be directed to the Township Engineer by calling (814) 238-4651.
Underground utilities are required to be marked by utility providers prior to excavation operations in accordance with the Pennsylvania One Call System. As a member of the PA One Call System, the Public Works Department receives copies of One Call notices placed within the Township. Questions regarding planned excavation activities may be directed to the Public Works Department by email or by calling (814) 238-4651. The PA One Call System may be contacted by visiting their website or by calling 1-800-242-1776.
To access the "Frequently Asked Questions" page for PA One Call, click here.
To view the color guide to determine what each flag represents, click here.