Bath inaugurates new borough hall
During a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 6, Bath Borough Council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito officially celebrated the move to the new borough hall, located at 121 S. Walnut St.
This historic event took place in front of a packed house of residents, dignitaries and former and current elected officials.
Liz Weaver, of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, was the emcee. The chamber leader, Tony Iannelli, was present and congratulated Bath for this achievement.
A group of fourth-graders from Sacred Heart School sang the national anthem to start the ceremony.
On hand for the event were state Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th, and state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th. Both represent Bath Borough in Harrisburg. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli also attended.
Morganelli talked about the importance of local government in making decisions that affect residents.
Reginelli-Mirabito and council President Mark Saginario joined the rest of the council to cut the ribbon. Reginelli-Mirabito thanked all the former Bath mayors and Bath council presidents in attendance. The mayor thanked all the volunteers and companies that worked over a year to complete the project.
Reginelli-Mirabito closed by saying, “I am so proud to call the beautiful borough of Bath my home.”
“Our community came together,” Saginario added. “Concrete was donated. Woodworking was donated. I thank my community for all of this.”
Scavello addressed those present and said, “Bath took this project to the next level with 90-percent donated labor. This is something to be proud of.”
Hahn stated, “All roads lead to Bath — five state roads. You did a great job. I commend you.”
Also on hand were Harrell Jeter, borough fire company president, and Chuck Tully, fire chief. James Pasquariello, Bath Social Hall president, also attended.
Numerous residents enjoyed the light food and refreshments. All present were given a tour of the new borough offices. The hall contains a larger council chamber than the former hall on Washington Street.
The Bath Historical Society is delighted to have a room for some of its artifacts. The plan is to decorate the hall and offices with historically significant Bath memorabilia. In addition to the office area, there is an executive multipurpose meeting room, a mayor’s office, a borough manager’s office and other administration offices.
Linda Klotz, former operator of the D&E Exhibits Museum, completed volunteer work to help arrange the Bath historical artifacts found throughout the building.
Formerly the Thirst Quenchers building, the hall required substantial renovation. To the delight of council, there was an outpouring of volunteer support that greatly reduced renovation costs. The entire project cost $725,000. A typical borough hall renovation can cost more than $4 million.