Moore Township Board of Supervisors, at its Aug. 7 meeting, promoted part-time Police Officer John Micklich to full-time status.
Secretary/Treasurer/Supervisor Richard Gable informed the board that overtime in the police department is too high.
“It is in our best interest to do this,” Gable said.
The board voted unanimously to appoint Micklich to full time.
The police department was founded in 1952 when residents expressed a desire for a township force. Officers patrol the 38 square miles of the township around the clock 365 days a year.
During a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 6, Bath Borough Council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito officially celebrated the move to the new borough hall, located at 121 S. Walnut St.
This historic event took place in front of a packed house of residents, dignitaries and former and current elected officials.
Liz Weaver, of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, was the emcee. The chamber leader, Tony Iannelli, was present and congratulated Bath for this achievement.
With a subdued attendance due to rain — but with an abundance of enthusiasm — the 13th annual Bikers Remembering Bikers memorial ride and block party was a success. The party was held July 21 at Bath Fire Company Social Hall, 135 S. Walnut St., and spilled out onto the closed street.
Borough leaders attended and supported the event.
The block party was to raise resources for two distinct groups: Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Dream Come True.
In a low-key meeting July 11, Bath Borough Council gathered for the first time in the new Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St.
Council and Mayor Fiorella Mirabito-Reginelli are planning an open house event 6 p.m. Aug. 6. The open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony are expected to draw a large attendance, including elected state officials, local dignitaries, chamber of commerce members and residents.
Bath Borough Council held its last meeting at the current borough hall, at Washington and Penn streets, June 4. The next council meeting, 6 p.m. July 11, will take place at the newly renovated borough hall, 121 S. Walnut St.
An open house for the community is planned for 3-6 p.m. Aug. 6, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony 6 p.m. Council will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m.
The planning for Bath Community Days is ongoing. The annual weeklong celebration will be held July 22-28. The borough’s volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps are the principal organizers.
Approximately 50 residents attended the Bath Borough town hall meeting May 5 at the Bath Social Hall, 135 S. Walnut St. During the two-hour meeting, residents were provided an update on the July 1 policing change from Colonial Regional Police Department to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).
Residents asked the representatives of Troop M, Bethlehem, which will provide services in the borough, questions regarding better speed enforcement, increased traffic control for trucks, police response time and solving drug problems.
At the April 3 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company reported there were 16 fires in the township during March. With the snowy, windy weather, the department had 171 calls in 30 days. Along with fires, calls included numerous wires and trees down throughout the township.
Moore Township Police Chief Gary West reported numerous police calls and incidents throughout March. They resulted in four arrests — one for theft, two for possession of controlled substances and one for a dog law violation.
In a tumultuous night at the April 2 Bath Borough Council meeting, a council member vacated her office and a beloved fire chief resigned. A new council member was appointed via a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, and the search for a new chief began.
Freshman legislator Cynthia Anderson resigned to take a position with the Nazareth-Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce. She said she will miss the experience as a member of Bath Borough Council.
When asked about the best thing about council membership, Anderson said, “Working to better Bath, and we did not raise taxes.”
A parking enforcement officer may be coming to Bath as officials begin planning for the transition to Pennsylvania State Police coverage.
The borough will be issuing parking tickets beginning in 2019. State police will not enforce borough ordinances, which include parking tickets.
An issue was the perception in the community and by some elected officials that Colonial Regional Police Department was not providing the level of service it provided in previous years.
Council Vice President Michele Ehrgott said, “We are still paying. We should get services.”
In a 3-0 vote, Moore Township Board of Supervisors agreed at the Feb. 6 meeting to purchase a 2018 GMC 3500 utility body pickup truck. The truck is a 4x4 with an electric lift gate. The cost, which is budgeted, is about $50,000.
Police Chief Gary West reported 297 incidents in January. There was one arrest for marijuana possession, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The fire department reported there were 535 total calls for 2017. During January 2018, there were 35 fire calls.