New State College Borough Council holds second meeting, Hahn to continue office hours
The newly sworn in assembly for the State College Borough Council held its second meeting of the new year Monday evening. Among the various agenda items, Mayor Don Hahn announced that he will continue former Mayor Elizabeth Goreham’s practice of holding office hours.
Hahn will hold office hours, thanks to a partnership with the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) in 110 HUB-Robeson Center to create an open dialogue with students to express their concerns. Mayor Hahn will begin his office hours on Jan. 16, and they will be every Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Hahn also issued his first proclamation, creating a National Day of Racial Healing for Jan. 16, 2018. Councilwoman Cathy Dauler stated that this project was done in partnership with the National League of Cities and the Race Equity and Leadership Initiative, as well as members of the local community, in order to promote better dialogue, harmony, and equity in the city. Dauler went on to share the importance of the day:
“Whereas we all have witnessed racial divisiveness rising in America’s urban, rural, and suburban communities today that threatens the very core of this great nation’s unified front and whereas just like those that came before us, it is our duty to protect the children of this nation and maintain communities in which they may all be given the opportunity to succeed.
Whereas we understand and recognize that there is a racial divide in our country, and we must all work earnestly to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so that all children can survive and thrive.
Whereas children have the right to be provided every opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in nurturing environments that don’t violate their safety, dignity, and humanity.
Whereas every single person has the capability to make a simple change within him or herself that can have a profound effect on the entire society.
Whereas if we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing, and transformation we can all bring about the necessary changes in thinking and behavior that will propel this great nation forward as a unified force where racial biases will become a thing of the past.
“Racial healing is a vital and crucial commitment to the education, social, mental, and overall well-being of our children.”
All consent items on the council’s agenda were passed, including the partial closing of South Allen Street on Jan. 20 for the annual Women’s March, awarding a contract for Phase II and III for the Heritage State College Project to Winter & Company, and approving vouchers and payroll for the month of December for a total of $3,000,548.88.
Meeting agenda, minutes, and documents can be found on the city’s website.
[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Hahn’s office hours will be in the UPUA office. The hours will actually take place in 110 HUB-Robeson Center, to make the hours more accessible and visible to students, according to UPUA Communications Director Lexi Shimkonis.]