Northampton Press

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bath council appoints Baksa as new tax collector

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Mayor provides details on upcoming neighborhood watch meeting

At its Feb. 3 meeting, Bath Borough Council picked a new tax collector. Lauren Baksa was tapped to fill the role unexpectedly vacated by Tina Saginario.

Saginario was appointed about two years ago after a previous resignation. She was elected to the position of tax collector in the 2019 election. No reason was provided for the resignation.

The position’s salary is around $4,500.

In Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito’s report, she said the next Bath Neighborhood Watch meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at borough hall, 121 S. Walnut St. Community service/public information officer Trooper Nathan T. Branosky, of Pennsylvania State Police, will speak to the group. All residents, nonresidents and business owners are encouraged and welcome to attend.

She also reported she is assisting in Lehigh Valley Business Group’s winter sock drive. Clean socks of any size can be donated and collected at borough hall.

In other business, several ordinances were acted on.

Ordinance 688, which creates a parking enforcement capability and allows for the hiring of a part-time parking enforcement officer, was adopted. The parking enforcement officer will have the ability to cite parking violations and have the vehicle towed if necessary.

A property on East Main Street was added to the approved list of handicapped-accessible parking spots. Another ordinance under consideration is the removal of a handicapped-accessible parking space by the Jaycees building. The building was sold and will be converted into apartments.

A proposed ordinance amending the nuisance ordinance is under legal review. It would address and regulate homeowners parking recreational vehicles and campers in their yards.

Additional ordinances under legal review include the potential ticketing of blighted properties and maintenance violations, as well as ordinance changes regarding air pollution, fireworks and other activities.

Borough Manager Bradley Flynn introduced the 2020 public works goals. They include Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curbing on Mill Street, pedestrian upgrades at Howard Jones Senior Center, painting all the parking stalls downtown, changing out stop and street signs and increased paving on Schaeffer Street to address water runoff.

After the meeting, Marena Rasmus, office administrator, said a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representative will be attending the meeting 6:30 p.m. March 11. The main topic will be the Route 248 realignment.

Rasmus also stressed Bath residents need to complete the census postcard. Residents should receive the postcards in the mail during March. If the completed postcards are not mailed in, a census worker will visit the residents’ homes.

The Spuds and Suds planning committee has picked Aug. 29 for the fifth annual event.

Boy Scout Lucas Connelly has an Eagle Scout project where he will redo the park bulletin boards at Ciff Cowling Park. There are five bulletin boards he plans to refurbish. Also, a Daisy Scout wants to plant a tree in Ciff Cowling Park.

The next Bath Borough Council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. March 2 at borough hall.