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Bath to make offer on bldg. at 224 W. Main St.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by STACEY KOCH Special to The Press in Local News

At the Nov. 3 Bath Borough Council meeting, council members discussed what the best decision may be in regards to the half-double building located at 224 W. Main St.

Council has been trying to decide what to do with the building and property for years. The current owner of the property is willing to sell, and Tom Petrucci, borough manager, said a price was discussed.

Petrucci said he thinks the council should discuss what they want to do with the property.

Vice President Mark Saginario asked of Petrucci, "What do you think, Tom, because you're so deep into this thing?"

"At this point, you have to come up with a decision to do something," Petrucci said. "You can't let the building sit there."

Petrucci said he believes there are pros for keeping the building, demolishing it and converting it.

Petrucci could see offering $10,000 for it. However, he said, "there's nothing in the budget to offer that right now."

Blake C. Marles, borough solicitor, suggested council "budget a number, make that offer. If they say they want more, you can say, 'That's all we have in the budget.'"

Councilman Michael Reph reminded council that the borough has $10,000 in the budget under the category of parks and other. "Just use that," he said.

"That's right," Petrucci said. "We stipulated $10,000 for miscellaneous park projects."

"There's your offer," Saginario said.

Saginario made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Michele Ehrgott, for Petrucci to make an offer on the property of 224 W. Main St. for $10,000 after Jan. 1, 2015. The motion was carried.

In other business, a motion was carried to have Petrucci work with Hough Associates for the Recycling Performance Grant for one year.

"The Borough's Act 101 Recycling Performance Grant has been declining each year," Petrucci said. This led to Petrucci researching other grant opportunities.

"The payment for them [Hough] would be 50 percent of anything over $2,500 in grant reward money. If you're getting less than that, you don't pay them anything," Petrucci said. "It's a no-risk proposal," he said.

The next Bath Borough Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.