Bellefonte

Bellefonte council talks new email format, website upgrades

Digital updates — new emails and possibly a website — are in the works for the borough.

The new email format is a staff member’s first initial, last name and goes to the new Web address at bellefontepa.gov. So, to reach Ralph Stewart, the borough manager, you would email rstewart@bellefontepa.gov.

Borough staff will receive emails through their old online contacts temporarily.

Bellefonte.net has been the borough’s website since 2008, but Stewart called its content management software outdated. He’d like the website to be more accessible for residents and give them the option of paying bills online.

“This is probably a 7-year or 8-year old website, and the person that built it for us is no longer in area, which made it difficult for us to update it,” Stewart said. “Recently someone contacted us and said it should be ADA compliant, and to be honest we had just never thought about that. We thank that person for bringing that issue to our attention, which has made us move in an effort to make it better for people using it and for us to update information more smoothly and efficiently.”

Stewart said that making the site compatible for users with vision or hearing impairments can require special tweaks that will be explored with a consultant.

Costs, which Stewart called a “very, very rough number,” would be about $10,000.

It has not been decided if the old website would be updated or scrapped for an entirely new one.

Bellefonte Borough Council’s meeting Monday also included the pursuit of a loan for what could be a $6.6 million project, discussions with developers for repairs to Cherry Lane and plans for Dunlap Street.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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