Ferguson Township's Top Stories of 2017

Date: December 31, 2017

Below are the most significant Ferguson Township stories of 2017— and the most read stories from each of our monthly e-Newsletters. Readers clicked most on these stories for information about the Township’s essential services such as winter operations, brush and leaf collection, as well as prescription drug collection, and recycling programs.

They welcomed opportunities to be involved by applying to serve on authorities, boards, commissions and committees, and to be heard by attending Coffee & Conversation (C&C) with Township staff. The Township was joined by three state legislators at C&C in July. We’re thankful to them for attending and for those who hosted C&C in 2017: Baileyville Community Hall, Giant, and The Naked Egg Cafe.

The Township honored Manager Mark Kunkle and Chief of Police Diane Conrad, who retired from their positions, and welcomed David Pribulka as Township Manager and Chris Albright as Chief of Police. Ferguson Township was ranked 3rd Best Place to Live in Pennsylvania, and readers of State College magazine named Tom Tudek Memorial Park the Best Park in 2017.

On Arbor Day, April 29, Ferguson Township was officially named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

On June 19, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a resolution committing Ferguson Township to immediately begin developing a strategy that would achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the Township no later than 2050.


Our Finance Department kept our residents informed about our five-year capital improvement plan, operating budget, and the cost per person of providing essential Township and regional services. The department was recognized with the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2017 Operating Budget — the third GFOA award recognizing the Township's annual budget.

Working with residents, our Planning & Zoning Department hosted public workshops on the Ferguson Township Official Map and updated it this year. The new map reflects the Township’s commitment to comprehensive land use planning.

 


The department also revised the Signs and Billboards Ordinance and informed residents how the updates affect individuals and local businesses. Our readers learned when and where they can place political signs and were advised to place all such signs outside the Right of Way.

In addition to welcoming Chief Albright, the Ferguson Township Police Department hired three new officers and promoted two within its ranks. They made residents aware of an increase in distracted driving and school bus violations, as well as aggressive driving enforcement details, and advised people how to prepare their vehicles for hazardous winter driving conditions.

They hosted the annual Ferguson Township Police Bike Rodeo to promote bike safety and participated in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Torch Run and Buddy Walk.

Ferguson Township Police responded to 18 calls related to severe weather on May 1. Pine Grove Mountain was shut down for a few hours as the result of downed power lines on the road. One man was trapped in his car for two hours until the downed power line on his car was confirmed as depowered.

Our Public Works Department crews cleared 10 - 12 trees from roadways until 1:30 am the following morning and continued clean-up operations to ensure that all Ferguson Township roads were passable. Crews cleared and cleaned up trees and continued to respond to residents’ concerns.

Public Works also offered a Special Brush Collection the following week to help residents who were cleaning up.

Throughout the year, our Public Works Department stayed on top of winter operations and kept residents informed about the brush and leaf collection schedule and guidelines.

One of the department’s primary concerns this past year was advising residents how to prevent the spread of oak wilt disease as new cases arose. The department published its first five-year tree plan and oversaw the planting of 172 new street trees. In addition, left turn lane projects on Valley Vista Drive and Science Park Road were completed this year. The department also created a Stormwater Advisory Committee, which met twice in 2017.




The Township’s Louis E. Silvi Baseball Complex played host to the 2017 VFW Teener League StateTournament, won by State College for the first time this year.

Ferguson Township is thankful to our residents, our staff, and to all who serve on our authorities, boards and commissions. You all helped to make Ferguson Township a place where people want to live and be active.

Here’s to 2017 and to the new year before us!

 

 

MOST READ E-NEWSLETTER STORIES

January

BOS seeks community volunteers to serve on boards and authority
2017 Tax Calculator available
Ferguson Township 2017 Winter Operations
Prescription Drug Collection

February
East Park Hills Avenue Traffic Calming Study
Coffee & Conversation at Baileyville Community Hall
Evergreens Photo Gallery
Ferguson Township has openings for seasonal road workers and landscape laborers

March
Revisions proposed to sign ordinance
What’s your cost per person for essential Township and regional services?
Ferguson Township ranked 3rd Best Place to Live in Pennsylvania
Oak wilt disease: Residents advised to help protect their oak trees
Brush and leaf collection for Township residents


April
Residents responsible for snow plow damage in ROW
Comprehensive guide to recycling in Centre Region
Brush and Leaf Collection Guidelines
Political signs subject to Ferguson Township Code
Why a Township adopts an Official Map
Police are seeing an increase in distracted driving and school bus violations
Ferguson Township welcomes Assistant Engineer



May
Spring Bulk Waste Collection Brush and Leaf Collection Guidelines
Safety precautions to practice with recreational fires and portable fireplaces
Planting of 172 new street trees is underway
How Ferguson Township Police and PW crews responded to the storm on May 1
Township completes 2017 - 2022 Tree Plan
Centre County West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control Season has begun
Arbor Day Foundation names Ferguson Township a Tree City USA

June
Work on Valley Vista Drive and Science Park Road to be completed by August
Board of Supervisors authorizes public hearing on newly revised Official Map
A message from Dave Pribulka, Ferguson Township Manager
32 years of progress celebrated at reception for retired Township Manager
The Township's urban forest: beautiful and beneficial





July
Work on Valley Vista Drive and Circleville Road has interrupted efficient operation of traffic signals
FTPD participating in “Summer Drive Time” Enforcement
Meet Chris Albright, Ferguson Township’s new Chief of Police
Being a good neighbor calls for controlling and cleaning up after your dog
Have you noticed? Blue Course Drive is greener
Retired Chief of Police Diane Conrad honored at reception



August
FAQ: new Signs & Billboards Ordinance
Newest draft of the Township’s Official Map
Updates to microsurfacing schedule during Ag Progress Days
Please keep leaves and brush in front of your property Penn State’s Ag Progress Days
How to properly mulch your trees
Police welcome new officer
State legislators joined Ferguson Township for Coffee & Conversation


September
Supervisors adopt 2018 - 2022 CIP
Police seeing increase in school bus violations
October will be Community Planning Month in Ferguson Township
Brush and Leaf Collection


October
Supervisors announce ABC vacancies and new policy on appointments
Your guide to placing signs in the Township
Township names five community volunteers to Climate Action Ad Hoc Board
2nd round of Brush and Leaf Collection begins October 16
Changes happening at two area parks



November
Common courtesy should guide neighbors’ access to private alleys
PennDOT to host public plans display on improvements to 26/45 intersection
FTPD conducting details for PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education
Deadline extended: Apply by Friday, November 10 for ABC vacancies
Thanks for joining us at Coffee & Conversation
Stormwater Advisory Committee hosted 2nd meeting

December
Tree pruning underway through December
Holiday Trash Collection/Advanced Disposal Schedule Changes and Alerts
Take the new Organics Recycling Survey
Supervisors adopt 2018 Operating Budget, Fee Schedule Snow Removal Map
Your ideas wanted: Ferguson Township’s new Zoning Update Idea Board
Interviews completed for new Parks and Recreation Committee candidates
Winter preparedness for your vehicles
Neighbors encouraged to work together to maintain private alleys and allow through traffic
State College magazine readers name Tudek 2017 Best Park