The Council meeting scheduled for January 21, 2020, has been rescheduled for January 27, 2020, in the Council Chambers at 236 W Lamb St, Bellefonte. The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
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Every year, Centre County takes part in a statewide initiative called Point-in-Time (PIT) to provide outreach and collect valuable data on our unsheltered homeless population. Often times, this population may be found living in a tent, a car, a hallway, a campground site, abandoned building, or even under a bridge. They may also be finding respite at various retailers, restaurants, libraries, and other community buildings during the day.
This year, teams will be out in the community on Thursday, January 23, looking to connect with the unsheltered homeless population to ask where they slept the night before (Wednesday, January 22), provide care packages, and offer assistance. Additionally, teams want to connect with individuals/families who are homeless, but “doubled-up” (i.e. staying with family and/or friends), and not considered unsheltered for the PIT count. This would give teams the opportunity to provide information about our county’s emergency, temporary, and permanent housing options.
In an effort to connect with these individuals/families, Centre County Office of Adult Services is asking for your assistance. If you know the whereabouts of someone who is unsheltered or “doubling-up,” please contact the Office of Adult Services no later than Tuesday, January 21, by telephone at 814-355-6768 or via email at [email protected]
Thank you for your help during this effort to assist those in need!
CATAGO! will begin serving the Bellefonte area with an on-demand transportation service on Saturday, January 11. For details about this exciting new option, please click here or visit www.catabus.com/GO!
CATAGO! is a shared-ride on-demand van service that will service Bellefonte from the correctional facility on Benner Pike to Weis Market, following CATA’s existing XB (Bellefonte) Route service and an additional ¾ of a mile buffer. Service area maps are accessible at www.catabus.com/go!. In addition to the service area noted, another three stops are available to riders, providing easy transfers to the CATABUS system and campus: the Walmart Benner Pike, the Mount Nittany Medical Center, and the Porter Road CATABUS stop at the Jordan East Lot on Campus.
Service will operate Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fare for the service mirrors CATABUS fares. General fare is $2.00 per one-way trip. Persons 65 and over with a Senior Transit ID Card and children under 40” ride free. Persons with a valid U.S. Medicare Card or CATA Reduced Fare Card ride for $1.00 per trip. A complete list of fare options can be found by visiting www.catabus.com/fare-options-information.
Vehicles include bike racks to aid in multimodal commutes, and service is ADA and wheelchair accessible.
The process for using the service is simple and mirrors how one might take an Uber or Lyft shared ride. Riders are encouraged to download the TransLoc mobile app, where they can choose their pick-up and drop-off locations within the service area and request a ride. Payment for fare is then accepted on the vehicle upon pick-up. Those without a smartphone may also book online rides at www.catabus.com/go! and by calling (814) 237-1821.
Please join CATA staff at a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place on January 28, 2020, to launch its CATAGO! pilot microtransit service in Bellefonte.
CATAGO! Kick-Off Celebration
& Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The Match Factory (Parking Lot)
This service is a 6- to 9-month pilot program, which will be evaluated in the spring. As of right now, regular CATABUS and CATARIDE services continue to operate as-is. If you have any questions, please contact CATA at (814) 238-2282.
HomeSnacks recently published its 6th Annual Study on the safest places to live in Pennsylvania, and Bellefonte is #4.
To crunch the numbers, we looked at the JUST released FBI crime data on violent and property crime:
To see some insightful graphics to go along with the report: Infographic Breakdown
Leaf collection will cease on Friday, December 13, 2019, weather permitting. If you need to dispose of leaves after that date, you can come into the Borough office and obtain a key to the compost facility.
Click here to review the proposed zoning amendment. The public hearing will be held tonight at the Borough Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m.
Harrisburg, June 18, 2019 − State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is warning residents of a scam targeting Property Tax or Rent Rebate recipients.
Schwank’s office was notified of a scam that consists of unsolicited calls from a person claiming to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The caller says an application for Property Tax or Rent Rebate has been approved and then asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account – and asks for his or her bank information.
This is a scam. The Department of Revenue does not make live calls regarding Property Tax or Rent Rebate applications and does not collect applicant banking deposit information over the phone.
The Department of Revenue does contact applicants via automated calls to confirm their information has been received and approved. If the department needs more information about an individual’s Property Tax or Rent Rebate application, it sends a letter through the U.S. Postal Service.
Individuals can request that their rebate be directly deposited; those requests, however, must be made when the signed application is submitted to the Department of Revenue.
If you receive a phone call from an individual claiming to represent the Department of Revenue and is requesting personal bank account information, DO NOT give out any banking information or any personal information (including Social Security numbers) to these callers.
If you received one of these calls and provided your banking information or other personal information, immediately call your bank to make them aware of this potential fraud. Additionally, you can file a scam complaint with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov.
Please be aware that the brush and grass can collection season is coming to an end. Due to the Veterans’ Day holiday next week on November 11, there will be no brush and grass can collection. The last Wednesday this season for brush and grass can collection is November 20.
Also, the last Saturday this season that the compost facility on Musser Lane will be open in the morning is November 23. You can still, however, obtain a key from the Borough office Monday through Friday for a $10 deposit. This is available year-round.
If you have any questions, please contact the Borough office at 355-1501.
No person owning or having possession, care, custody or control of any dog within the Borough shall knowingly or unknowingly allow or permit any such dog to commit any nuisance and, more particularly and without limiting the generality thereof, allow any dog to excrete any feces upon any public property, including any sidewalk, street, road, lane or other public thoroughfare of the Borough, any public building or any public park or playground, or in or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of such property. Negligence of the owner or possessor of any such dog excreting feces upon any public property of the Borough or upon any private property within the Borough shall not constitute a defense to a violation of this section.
Any person owning, possessing or having the care, custody or control of a dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog and dispose of the same by any sanitary method. Disposal shall not be made on any public property of the Borough nor on any private property without the permission of the owner of such property. Disposal of any such feces in any public receptacle for trash or refuse upon the public property of the Borough is hereby expressly prohibited, unless such feces is enclosed in a sealed plastic bag. Further, any person owning, possessing or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall have a positive duty to take any reasonable and proper action to prevent any such dog from committing a nuisance in, on or upon any public property of the Borough or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of such property. Failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this section.
If the owner, possessor or person having the care, custody or control of any dog, which dog excretes feces on public property of the Borough or on any private property without permission of the owner, immediately removes and disposes of all feces so deposited by such dog in accordance with the above paragraph, such owner, possessor or person shall have an absolute defense to any violation charged under this paragraph.