Northampton Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bath planning town hall meeting on police change

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Despite levity among the council, mayor and residents, serious matters were discussed at the Feb. 5 Bath Borough Council meeting.

One of the most important changes council has embraced in decades is the transition to having police services provided by Pennsylvania State Police.

Colonial Regional Police Department ends its coverage in January 2019.

Council President Mark Saginario announced that a town hall meeting is being planned for either April or May at the Bath Social Hall.

“We want to update the residents on the status of the police change,” Saginario said.

In borough Fire Chief Emilio DeNisi’s report, he informed council and the mayor that the fire department received a $13,000 grant to purchase equipment. The department is also waiting for a FEMA grant totaling $115,000. This grant will be awarded in May for the purchase of Scott air packs. DeNisi reported 33 fire calls during January.

Resident Bobby Siegfried reported on his work investigating a mass communication system. The system would improve communication between the borough and residents via alerts about emergencies and police and fire activities. If adopted, the system would bring Bath cutting-edge technology.

Saginario announced the development of two new committees. The Legislative Law Committee would review ordinances that may require updating. The committee would include several business owners, residents and council members. A second committee, the Rental Inspection Committee, would include several residents and council members.

A testament to the spirit of volunteerism in Bath, Saginario reported that 78 percent of the budgeted money for the upgrade of the new municipal building remains.

“The amount of volunteer help is saving the taxpayers a lot of money,” Saginario said.

There are plans to get a quote on roof replacement.

The solid waste ordinance is being examined to address the positioning of resident garbage cans. Currently, garbage cans must be stored out of view from the street. The ordinance is not practical because the large red cans are quite visible in many locations, according to Saginario.

“If we enforce the ordinance as it is, we would cite over 300 residents,” he said.

The next Bath Borough Council meeting is 7 p.m. March 5 in council chambers, 215 E. Main St.