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LED Lights to Save Bellefonte Money; Council OKs Backyard Chickens

by and on June 10, 2018 4:00 AM

Bellefonte street lights will soon be changed to LED lights in a move that is good for the environment and will save the borough money.

A total of 350 street lights throughout the borough, including in residential neighborhoods and municipal parking lots, will be replaced by West Penn Power, according to Bellefonte Borough assistant manager Don Holderman. The initial cost for the replacement of the street lights will be provided by WestPenn as part of statewide initiative to switch to LED lights, Holderman said. He is unsure when West Penn will start the process, but said it should be soon.

Holderman said the borough should save an estimated $22,000 per year after the replacement because the lights offer a longer life span, with more than 50,000 projected hours, greater energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs and faster turn-on and turn-off rates.

The borough recently switched to LED lights in the ornamental light posts downtown and in Talleyrand Park. Holderman said replacing around 360 lights in the posts cost around $7,000, but will save the borough $14,000 a year in energy costs.

He added that, along with the saved energy costs, the LED lights should provide more consistent lighting, creating a safer and cleaner borough.

Backyard Chickens

Bellefonte Borough Council also voted June 4 to allow chickens in residential backyards. Council voted 7-to-1 to pass the ordinance, which would require a $50 three-year permit fee. Holderman said the ordinance would allow up to four hens per family dwelling, and the birds be contained in a roofed coup. No roosters are allowed and all borough setback standards apply.

Holderman said backyard chickens have  come up a few other times recently for the council and he thinks the council was open to passing it after talking with other municipalities and learning that they had positive experiences with residential chickens.

“This is something that is consistent all over the country. People are looking for more control over their food, and being able to have fresh eggs is something that is consistent with that, so the time was right to give it a try,” said Holderman.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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