Bath discusses snow emergency policy
Borrowing the Boy Scouts motto “Be Prepared,” Bath Borough Council and administration, during a meeting Nov. 4, labored to alleviate the challenges whenever a snow emergency is called.
A snow emergency is called by the mayor of a borough. Usually a snow emergency is called after the mayor consults with the street department leader, police and perhaps the council president for consensus.
To better prepare Bath Borough residents who reside on snow emergency streets, Bath officials decided to contact those residents via a postcard mailing. On one side of the postcard was an explanation of a snow emergency, a list of street names under a snow emergency and language from the ordinance addressing a snow emergency.
In Bath, whomever resides on Broad, Center, Christmas, East Main, North Chestnut, South Walnut, Washington, West Main or West Northampton streets must get their vehicle off the street promptly after a snow emergency is declared. If they fail to do this, the owner of the vehicle can be fined $75.
The other side of the postcard featured a filled-out example of a ticket a resident would receive if he or she did not move his or her car after a snow emergency is called by the mayor. The bogus ticket listed the vehicle as a Chevy Monte Carlo.
An unanticipated response from residents occurred.
Marena Rasmus, office administrator, said more than 25 residents called the borough office complaining about receiving the citation in the mail. A couple of residents actually called asking where they should send a check to pay the citation. Several residents called to say they do not own a Chevy Monte Carlo.
All were delighted to learn this was an educational effort.
In other news, several residents from the Holiday Hill area of Bath attended the council meeting asking for a playground installation in their neighborhood. There currently is a baseball field. There are no immediate plans to install a playground, but it can be considered in the future.
In Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito’s report, the second annual Project Keep Warm has begun. The project is being coordinated with Lehigh Valley Business Group. Donations of all winter outerwear — coats, gloves, boots, scarves and hats — can be dropped off at Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St.
Also, Pennsylvania State Police will hold a children’s car seat check in the parking lot of borough hall 2-6 p.m. Nov. 25.
A no-tax-hike budget for 2020 is being advertised for passage at a council meeting next month. The 2020 budget includes about $2,000 for a trap-neuter-release program to address Bath’s feral cat population.
The Bath road plan passed by a 5-2 vote. Council members Carol Bear-Heckman and Frank Hesch voted no. The road plan will be provided to Blake Marles to develop an ordinance for a more open meeting review, additional public and council input and a future vote.
Proposed ordinance No. 2019-68X Metered On-Street Parking remains in the council consideration stage.
The next borough council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2.