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PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR.Approximately 50 borough residents attended the May 5 town hall meeting at the Bath Social Hall. PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR.Approximately 50 borough residents attended the May 5 town hall meeting at the Bath Social Hall.

Bath town hall meeting addresses police, parking

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Borough officials prepare for transition from Colonial Regional coverage

Approximately 50 residents attended the Bath Borough town hall meeting May 5 at the Bath Social Hall, 135 S. Walnut St. During the two-hour meeting, residents were provided an update on the July 1 policing change from Colonial Regional Police Department to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).

Residents asked the representatives of Troop M, Bethlehem, which will provide services in the borough, questions regarding better speed enforcement, increased traffic control for trucks, police response time and solving drug problems.

PSP Lt. Kreg Rodrigues and Sgt. Har- deep Rai had a common thread to many answers. They relayed that the PSP focus is community policing.

“Community policing is a priority,” Rodrigues said. “We will need information from residents to be effective.”

Community policing is based on good relations between police and residents.

Rodrigues and Rai were asked if PSP had data from the municipalities it serves that indicate the benefit of those municipalities having a crime watch group. Rodrigues said there is data, and PSP provides community assistance to develop such a group.

After the meeting, council President Mark Saginario said he is interested in setting up a watch group and would speak with the mayor and council members.

Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito reported she is meeting with PSP to discuss school coverage, challenging areas in the borough and other Bath-related issues so PSP is prepared by June.

“It’s going to be all right. I promise we will be prepared for the change,” Reginelli-Mirabito said.

The Bath Multimodal Safety and Parking Analysis was presented by Becky Bradley of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. The multifaceted analysis was completed at no cost to the borough.

In the coming months, council plans to review the analysis. Decisions regarding implementation will occur after more input from residents is accrued.

Despite the elaborate analysis, the focus of residents was parking. Artist renditions of streetscapes, safety initiatives and aesthetics offer improvement and safety concepts.

The analysis identifies increased traffic in Bath over the next 10 years. Three plans are offered: one short term, one mid term and one long term. They span a period of up to 10 years.

In closing, Bradley said, “You want the feel when you come here to be that you have arrived in some place that is important.”

Saginario closed the meeting by thanking all who attended and reported that council plans two town hall meetings annually.

“We want to be as transparent and inclusive as possible,” he said.