Beginning two years ago, the Borough embarked on a 3-Phase project to upgrade our parking in Bellefonte. The 1st phase was to provide structural upgrades to the Municipal Lots North, South and West. This phase cost the Borough approximately $500,000.00 and included the installation of 6 KIOSKs which replaced 120 single-spaced parking meters. The removal of the meters allows the Borough Streets staff to plow the lots and get them cleared in 1/2 the time. There is still some work that will be done in 2022 to the South Lot before this phase is finalized. The 2nd Phase was to replace the “old” street meters with new street meters. This had to be completed because parts were no longer available for the older meters and in addition, more people wanted options to pay for parking through credit/debit cards or their smart-phone. We will have the touchless-pay-by-phone option completed by early fall. Finally, phase 3 was to look at our “red” single space metered Long-Term Parking. Due to the cost of the new single space meters, it was cost prohibitive to try and replace those so instead we decided to create a Long-Term Parking area for Residents and Commuters. No longer do people have to constantly “feed” the meters. It simply requires a one-time registration on our website where people can either set it up as a recurring expense or they have the option to do it monthly. The Long-Term Parking spaces are designated with red paint and are designed for the downtown workforce to provide a cheaper parking area with the impact of freeing up the downtown spaces for business patrons. These areas also provide one-hour of free parking to anyone.The idea behind everything that has been done to date is to ensure we are doing all we can to make parking easier, more flexible and providing maximum accessibility for patrons wanting to access downtown businesses. We recognize there are challenges and many of those relate to the changes we have made. We will continue to listen to ideas and also monitor and evaluate Borough parking as a whole. We do appreciate our residents’ understanding and patience as we continue to finish our efforts related to parking. Should anyone have questions related to parking, please feel free to contact the Borough at 355-1501 extension 210.
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Fair Housing Educational Guide
An educational guide for identifying, reporting and preventing housing discrimination.
To ensure equal opportunity in housing for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status, handicap, age, ancestry and use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals.
The Borough offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 31. If your refuse would be picked up on Monday, it will be picked up on Wednesday, June 2. Please be sure to have your container out the night before by 6:00 p.m. as the crew will be collecting refuse at an earlier time than usual.
There will be no brush/grass container collection on Wednesday, June 2.
Bellefonte Borough had a Strategic Management Plan (STMP) by Delta Development Group.
To view the STMP click Here
Bellefonte Borough Council has a Vacancy in the West Ward. This vacancies term expires 12/31/2021. All Volunteer Applications and Affidavits of Residency are due by Friday June 4th, 2021 at 12pm (noon). Please send all completed forms to 236 West Lamb Street Bellefonte, PA 16823.
Borough Council will be interviewing, appointing and swearing in one individual on Monday June 7th, 2021 at the Borough Council Meeting at 7:30pm via Zoom.
In an effort to provide more reliable and effective communications with residents, Bellefonte Borough has implemented Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as our emergency notification provider.
Swift911 is a system designed to make phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information. Bellefonte Borough will use this system to notify residents by phone of information regarding you or your property. The system can make thousands of calls in a minute to convey vital information. These messages may include information on floods, fires, water emergencies, road closures, missing persons, evacuation orders, and weather emergencies.
The Swiftreach Network Data has been provided by a third party data provider and only includes listed phone numbers in Bellefonte Borough. It is important for residents and business owners to provide contact information such as unlisted, unpublished or cell phone numbers. Accurate numbers in the database help to ensure emergency information will be passed on to everyone in a timely manner.
If you would like to provide an alternate number other than your home number, you may do so. The alternate phone number would be called if your primary phone number is not answered by a person or answering machine.
All calls you receive will have the caller ID of “Bellefonte Borough.” Your information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.
If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 814-355-1501 Ext. 210 to provide information. To sign up please visit https://bellefonte.net/residents/emergency-notification-info-request/