The Bellefonte Borough Planning Commission will not meet in May.
The Bellefonte Borough offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. If your refuse and recycling are normally picked up on Monday, your collection will be on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Ameron Construction is the contractor who is responsible for the storm drain street work on W Lamb Street. They started work the week of May 18th. The work is planned to continue through mid-June. The purpose of this reconstruction is to allow the new storm drain to handle a larger volume of water and to protect the road from buckling in the future.
How will this affect you? Lamb Street will be closed to through traffic; however, homeowners will continue to be permitted to use the street. There will be a lot of digging along the Municipal Building side of the street. You may want to consider mailing your utility bill payments during this time.
In addition, there will be likely up to one week when the Spring/W Lamb Street intersection will be closed. We anticipate this to be near the end of the project in June.
Please remember to take down posted yard sale signs now that the community-wide yard sale is over. Thank you for your cooperation.
C-NET is televising candidate interviews. To learn more about the candidates for District Judge, Centre County Commissioner, Centre County Recorder of Deeds, Centre County Register of Wills, Centre County Sheriff, and Bellefonte Borough Council, click here.
News from the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority:
With homeowners and businesses tackling spring and summer projects, the company reminds its Pennsylvania utility customers to always dial 8-1-1 before digging to avoid hitting underground electrical cables and other utility installations.
Homeowners and contractors should contact 8-1-1 three days before beginning a job to be connected to the Pennsylvania One Call Center, which then will notify the appropriate FirstEnergy utility company and other utilities about the work being planned. See the news release below.
In the 2009 International Fire Code (Section 302.1) recreational fires are defined as “an outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.”
This type of fire must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible materials and most not at any point move any closer to the structure than the stated 25 foot distance.
Outdoor fires in a permanent fixture (such as BBQs and gas-fueled fire pits, chimineas) must be at least 10 feet away from a structure or combustible materials. Portable, manufactured outdoor fireplaces must be at least 15 feet away from a structure or combustible materials except for 1- and 2-family dwellings.
For more information, go to ftp://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/icc.ifc.2009.pdf
The 2015 Centre County West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control season began on March 30.
Bellefonte Borough residents can assist the 2015 County program by eliminating sources of standing water such as unused swimming pools, stagnant ornamental ponds, poorly functioning roof gutters, and especially used tires. If it is feasible, poorly functioning storm water systems should be cleaned out to eliminate standing water. If you are aware of wet areas that are breeding large amounts of mosquitoes, you are asked to contact the County Planning & Community Development Office so samples can be trapped for identification and testing.
Additionally, the County Planning & Community Development Office is responsible for collecting and submitting dead birds for WNV testing. If you have questions concerning dead birds and West Nile Virus, please contact them at 814-355-6791. PADEP this year is limiting testing to crows, blue jays, hawks, and owls. PADEP will begin accepting dead birds for testing on May 1, 2015.
For more information on West Nile Virus, please go to http://www.centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=766
Bellefonte Borough Authority has increased water and sewer rates. Beginning with the January billing, there was an increase of $1.00 per 1,000 gallons of water and an increase of $1.00 per quarter for sewer.