Bellefonte Borough will get updated parking meters

Installation will take place between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day

BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte is getting updated parking meters.

At Monday night’s Bellefonte Borough Council meeting, council approved the new meters. Close to 400 meters are necessary to replace the old meters. There will also be approximately 12 15-minute meters installed throughout town. Borough manager Ralph Stewart pointed out that only the heads of the meter will change.

“It’s the brains of the meter that will change,” he said.

All told, the borough will be looking at changing around 390 meters.

The installation, Stewart said, will take place between Thanksgiving and Jan. 1, 2020. He said the borough is hoping to complete all of the work by Jan. 2, 2020.

In other business:

∫ Council heard from Bellefonte resident Jeff Holden of Bellefonte. Holden pointed out that the American flag located on Veteran’s Bridge touches the bridge. According to the flag code, that should not happen. Holden said that he has complained several times to no avail.

“It shouldn’t touch the bridge,” Holden said. “That’s my complaint.”

Holden said that if the flag were raised a mere six inches, it would not touch the bridge. Council assured him that the change will be made.

∫ Mayor Tom Wilson said that the borough continues to look at band shells for Talleyrand Park. He has found several shells that would be ideal, but funding is an issue.

“We can try to find some private funding along with some grants,” Wilson said.

∫ Council president Joanne Tosti-Vasey announced that the borough will play host to the “Centre County Drive Electric PA Workshop.” The workshop will take place on the third floor of the Centre County courthouse annex on Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. each day. Participants must register in advance. Space is limited and the event is free, Tosti-Vasey said.

The workshop will give participants a chance to learn about and drive electric cars.

∫ Council announced that a faulty drinking fountain on the south side of Veteran’s Bridge will be removed.

∫ The borough received more details about “Herbie’s Hometown Loop,” which it had approved at a previous meeting. The annual walk/run will take place from 7:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 17. The race begins at the intersection of High and Spring Streets and ends in Talleyrand Park.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Bellefonte Area High School’s track at the refurbished Rogers Stadium. Last year, the Jeremy Herbstritt Foundation donated $150,000 toward the project. That money had been collected for more than a decade.

The event honors former Bellefonte resident Jeremy Herbstritt, who was killed in the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007.

For more information about Herbie’s Hometown Loop, visit www.thejeremyherbstrittfoundation.com