On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Mayor-elect wants more involvement from community

Newly elected Bellefonte Mayor Tom Wilson would like to see as much of the town involved as possible.

Getting people involved in decisions and excited about Bellefonte creates pride and loyalty, which Wilson said can be used to make the area great.

“Pride is the foundation of the community,” he said.

The current councilman and mayor-elect will be spending his first few weeks getting to know the role and working with the police department to become briefed on any needs and concerns.

In regard to his role as head of the police department, Wilson said he’s not coming in with any major ideas, but he wants to take the pulse of the department and see if anything needs to be done. He’s coming in with an open mind, he said.

The upcoming term will present challenges and excitement, he said, adding he would like to see redevelopment projects such as the waterfront and Garman Theatre come to fruition.

Though the Garman issue was at times divisive and hotly contested, Wilson said it’s an indication about how many people care about the town and want to see it prosper.

“The bottom line is there are hundreds of people who love Bellefonte and are willing to be involved in helping to form the policies and decisions,” he said.

Wilson also wants to get the chance to get out in the community and interact with the residents in the borough building or around town in public places to hear feedback on any issues. He wants to make himself the voice of the residents at the Borough Council meetings.

He added that he would like to thank all his supporters. Wilson is a fourth-generation Bellefonte native, and he is happy to get the chance to serve the town as its mayor.

“I really want to thank the people for giving me the opportunity to serve my hometown,” he said. “My love for the town makes me want to serve this community in as many ways as I can.”