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PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR.Bath Borough is considering installing parking meters in its historic business district. PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR.Bath Borough is considering installing parking meters in its historic business district.

Bath considers parking meters

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Bath Borough Council’s recent history includes making tough decisions to improve the borough. The council’s public safety committee plans to serve up another potentially difficult decision.

The committee is formulating a plan for council to vote on the installation of parking meters in the historic business district.

After the Aug. 5 meeting, Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito said, “The committee is in a very early stage of the process.”

At this point, the majority of the business community seems to favor parking meters, according to Reginelli-Mirabito.

Parking in the historic area, along with truck traffic in the borough, continues to bedevil council. Satisfactory solutions have been elusive.

In another matter, residents of the Sleepy Hollow and Park Terrace neighborhoods want to petition council to ordain the streets in their neighborhoods. The streets were never ordained by a previous council.

Reportedly, when the developments were completed years ago, the developer did not follow the Sub-Division and Land Development Ordinance regulations. Therefore, the borough did not accept responsibility for street maintenance or snow plowing. The residents created a homeowners organization to contribute money to help maintain the streets.

When asked, Solicitor Blake Marles indicated the residents should file a petition with council to ordain the streets in question. A legal process will ensue.

Bids for the next sanitation contract are being accepted through Sept. 11. Council expects to award the contract at that meeting. The previous contract was awarded to J.P. Mascaro & Sons, whose bid was approximately 18 cents per household lower than the Waste Management bid.

The Bath Fire Department reported responding to four EMS assists and 26 fire calls in July. No police statistics for July were available. The date of the next Bath Community Watch meeting is yet to be announced.

The Greater Bath Area Chamber of Commerce is the principle sponsor of the upcoming annual Spuds and Suds Festival noon-7 p.m. Aug. 24.

In his Nazareth Area Council of Governments report, council member Frank Hesch informed council that Pibbles Paws Safe Haven is planning a microchip and vaccination event for family pets Aug. 17 at Phillips Pet Supply on Bath Pike in East Allen Township. Contact the borough office for more details.

There is an expectation that the first official paw prints will appear in September when the long awaited Paw Park opens. The delay was due to weather challenges, manpower issues and outside contractor delays.

The next council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in room 102 at Bath Borough Hall, 121 Walnut St.