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Bath Museum seeking nonprofit status

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Council member Carol Bear-Heckman was excited to present her Bath Museum committee report update during the Bath Borough Council meeting Jan. 7.

The museum committee is writing bylaws as it prepares to pursue 501(c)(3) status. This status is filed with the Internal Revenue Service, which will provide the committee with official nonprofit status.

The museum will be able to receive cash donations that donors can write off on their federal income taxes.

Another museum request was to have a P.O. box in the borough building. Council designated room 101 for museum mail.

Since the museum is planning to be open every third Saturday of the month, the committee requested a key fob so volunteers can open the borough office doors. There was no council opposition to the key fob request.

“I think we need to have our insurance look at the request first,” council President Mark Saginario said.

Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito expressed positive sentiments about the Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

“Everything is good,” she said. “The state police are here and doing their job.”

The state police submitted a report indicating officers handled 460 incidents since July 1, 2018, when they assumed police services in Bath.

The mayor announced the date of the next neighborhood watch meeting with Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli. It was held Jan. 16.

Council member Frank Hesch reported the Nazareth Area Council of Governments appointed an animal control office, Pibbles Paws Safe Haven. Currently, it will only work with dog issues. It is expected the office will develop the capability to deal with cat problems in the future. The Nazareth Area Council of Governments also plans to develop an update to the comprehensive plan.

Jay Mills was unanimously appointed to the Bath Borough Authority, and Andrew Ehrgot was appointed to the borough’s zoning hearing board.

Saginario announced delinquent sanitation bills for 2018 total $13,000.

“That is the lowest amount in a number of years,” he said.

Saginario thanked the Bath Fire Department for its outstanding effort contending with a fire on New Year’s Day.

“The fire department did a great job,” he said. “They risked their lives to get people out of the building. I thank them for all they do.”

Three firefighters were injured during the fire.