Vacancies: Authorities, Boards and Commissions
Many different Authorities, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) have been formed to support Bellefonte Borough’s elected officials and staff. This overview covers the various ABCs and their functions and includes an application form for anyone interested in serving on one of these bodies. Your completed application (please attach a resume to the application) will aid Borough officials in filling vacancies on the ABCs. Those individuals who devote their time, energy, and know-how to the ABCs are a vital part of Bellefonte Borough. We could not function without their expertise and dedication. Some appointments require Borough residency while others do not. Think about how you can help your local officials make your community even better. For more information, call the Bellefonte Borough office at (814) 355-1501 or email at [email protected].
Historical and Architectural Review Board (HARB):
The purpose of the HARB is to offer advice and counsel to Bellefonte Borough Council concerning the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of all or any part of a building or structure located within the boundaries of the Historical and Architectural Review Board District and visible from a public right-of-way. For this purpose, the Historical and Architectural Review Board may make and alter rules and regulations for its own organization and procedure.
The HARB shall be composed of seven members and at least one alternate member, recommended by the HARB, and approved by Council. Of the seven members, one shall be a registered architect, one a licensed real estate broker, one the Borough building official, one a business person whose principal place of business is located within the HARB-regulated historic district, and three additional persons with a knowledge of and interest in historic preservation.
The HARB’s regularly scheduled meetings shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month unless circumstances warrant a postponement.
For more information, a copy of the HARB’s By-Laws can be found here
There are currently two vacancies on this Board. The first vacancy term expires on 12/31/2023 (preferably someone with architectural or historical preservation experience).
The second vacancy is for someone who is a registered architect (the person does not have to live in the Historic District, although that is preferred), with the term expiring on 12/31/2024.
Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission is a three-member Commission with each member serving a six-year term. The Commission is designed to oversee the hiring and promotional process related to full-time police officers. Residency is required. Candidates for these positions must go through a civil service process where written and oral exams are given and scored. The Commission presents a list of eligible candidates to Council for their consideration. The Commission must meet the first Monday of the even-numbered new year to re-organize. Other meeting times are on an as-needed basis.
There is currently one alternate vacancy on this Commission.
Housing Appeals Board
The Bellefonte Borough Housing Appeals Board consists of five members with each member serving a five-year term. It considers appeals regarding the requirements, determinations, and decisions made by the Borough’s inspectors in their enforcement of Chapter 425 of the Property Maintenance and Safety Code ordinance in instances where literal application of the code would result in exceptional practical difficulty.
There is currently a vacancy on the Housing Appeals Board. The term expires on December 31, 2019. If you are interested, and you are a Borough resident, please fill out a Volunteer Application and return it to the Borough by Thursday, August 1, 2019. Council will review all applications and an appointment will be made at the August 5, 2019, Council meeting.
There are currently two vacancies on this Board; both terms expire 12/31/24.
Zoning Hearing Board
The board shall hear requests for variances where it is alleged that the provisions of the zoning ordinance inflict unnecessary hardship upon the applicant.
For more information regarding the Zoning Hearing Board, please click here.
There is currently one alternate vacancy on this Board, with the term expiring on 12/31/2021.