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
Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held this May 1-2. To read more about this event, please click here. HHW Ad
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.
Applications are being taken for fire police. Anyone interested can contact Tim Schreffler at 574-6800.
Bellefonte Borough would like to welcome Centre Region Code. They are performing inspection and building services to Bellefonte Borough. For more information on Centre Region Code, please go to www.centreregioncode.org.
Recently the Borough revised its door-to-door sales ordinance. One change is § 410-22. List of homes not wishing to be solicited. There is now a “Do Not Disturb” opt-out form for Borough residents that can be completed and submitted by those residents who do not want door-to-door sales people. This form can be found on our website either under “Borough Forms” or on the right-hand side of the home page. Simply complete all the required fields and submit. Your address only will be placed on a “Do Not Disturb” list that will be provided to anyone who obtains a solicitor’s permit.