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Bath-Allen Youth Club addresses Bath Borough Council

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Bath-Allen Youth Club President Eric Miller requested time to speak to Bath Borough Council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito at the April 1 council meeting.

Miller explained Bath Borough and Allen Township have joined forces to develop the youth club.

“Kids need activities and opportunities to get out and enjoy sports and get them away from their phones,” he said.

Miller said the organization currently offers baseball, softball and basketball programs for boys and girls.

“We are open to more teams if we continue to have more kids sign up,” he said.

Games are played at Howertown Park on Route 329. Bath-Allen opening day is May 4 starting 9 a.m. at the park. Miller urged elected officials and any of the residents at the meeting to attend this event to support the children.

The group also planned a Bath-Allen night at the IronPigs game June 5 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

Councilman Frank Hesch, other council members and Reginelli-Mirabito thanked Miller for his leadership. Hesch shared that he and Miller played ice hockey together when they were young.

In other news, in response to resident complaints about cars speeding in the Old Forge area, Reginelli-Mirabito said she will contact the Pennsylvania State Police.

Jim Pasquariello, president of Bath Fire Social Hall, awarded a $500 check to council member Tony Kovalovsky to pass on to the fire department.

Fire Chief Paul Connolly reported there were 18 fire calls during March that included seven motor vehicle accidents, three dwelling fires and two downed wires.

In the mayor’s report, Reginelli-Mirabito announced the next Bath Neighborhood Watch meeting is in May, with an exact date to be announced. She expects a Northampton County Emergency Management Services representative to speak at the meeting.

Reginelli-Mirabito also reported there will be a celebration in early July to mark the first year of police coverage in the borough by Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem. The new police coverage began July 1, 2018. The mayor said despite the resident concerns expressed earlier in the meeting, the police service has been very good.

Reginelli-Mirabito also announced that she has been appointed to the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce executive committee.

In her report, councilwoman Carol Bear Heckman said there are two $10,000 grants available through the Historic Architectural Review Board program for residents living in a historic neighborhood. Residents submitting grant requests need two contractor bids for the renovation request. Those interested should call the borough office at 610-837-1648 for details, including submission deadlines.

Bear Heckman also announced a new business in Bath. D&S Flowers, 107 Chestnut St., is open for business.

Councilwoman Phyllis Andrews stated sanitation pickup bids are on track for the cutoff date of April 29. Bids are planned for opening May 1.

Hesch provided his Nazareth Area Council of Governments report. Work on the NAZCOG’s comprehensive plan is ongoing.

There also are NAZCOG discussions to figure out a plan to address the stray, feral cat problems in the municipalities that comprise the area. In a lighter moment, Hesch requested borough Manager Brad Flynn wrap himself in catnip and walk out of Bath with the cats following him out of town.

Under public works, it was reported the 2019 road improvement plan will be done by the end of April.

The next Bath Borough Council meeting is 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St.