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Council approves Outdoor Expo in downtown Bellefonte

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE — If you love the outdoors and reside in Bellefonte, you’ll want to circle your calendar for Sunday, June 9.

That day, Bellefonte will play host to an Outdoor Adventure Expo along the waterfront downtown.

At Monday night’s Bellefonte Borough Council meeting, council approved the event, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m. that day.

There will be fly fishing demonstrations along with numerous vendors. Ellen Matis spoke on behalf of Downtown Bellefonte, Inc., about promoting the event.

“We just want people to know that we have these things to offer in Bellefonte,” Matis said.

Several members of council asked Matis about specifics regarding the event. However, she said that the details are still being discussed.

“We are still working on the logistics,” Matis explained. “We would certainly follow all of the borough’s guidelines.”

The Outdoor Adventure Expo occurs shortly before the Historic Bellefonte Cruise, which takes place on Father’s Day weekend.

Security cameras being installed at Talleyrand Park was also discussed at Monday’s meeting. Council. Melissa Hombosky, chair for Bellefonte Parks and Rec, talked about costs of the proposed cameras.

According to Hombosky, cost of the cameras will be around $3,600.

“That’s over what we budgeted last year,” Hombosky said, “but we think there’s some money to move around in the budget.”

The cameras were discussed by council late in 2018 and the hope is that they will deter vandalism in Talleyrand Park and the surrounding areas.

other business

In other business, council:

– Approved the route for the Faith Centre’s 13th annual Walk/Run 5K/10K. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. The route begins at Bellefonte Area Middle School.

– Approved a donation of $600 to the Centre County Library for its enriching literacy summer program.

Council president Joanne Tosti-Vasey suggested tabling the donation, but council decided to approve it.

“The problem is that (the library) is trying to plan now,” Hombosky said.

– Approved a “BKind Day of Service” with Penn State students. On Sunday, April 14, Penn State students will come to Bellefonte’s Krauss Park for a group cleanup.

Hombosky talked about the cleanup event.

“There’s a need at Governor’s Park as well,” she said.

– Announced that several members of council have expiring terms at the end of the year. Those members are: Renee Brown, Doug Johnson, Gina Thompson and Joanne Tosti-Vasey. Their terms expire on Dec. 31, 2019.

– Asked that council members hold the date of Wednesday, April 24 for the County Borough Association meeting. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Match Factory.

– Announced that it had sent a letter to Hearts for the Homeless regarding items that are sitting outside the shelter. Hearts for the Homeless is located at 116 E. Linn St.

– Moved its next meeting to Tuesday, Feb. 19 due to the President’s Day holiday.

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