Members of Bath Borough Council voted unanimously to hold the line on 2019 taxes during their Dec. 3 meeting.
When council President Mark Saginario said, “All those in favor (of voting for no tax hike) say ‘aye,’” several residents in attendance joined in by saying “aye.”
“We have more than a unanimous vote,” Saginario quipped.
The millage rate will remain at 15 mills.
Saginario thanked council members, borough Manager Brad Flynn and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito for their hard work in retaining the tax rate.
Vicky Woodard, chair of the Moore Township Democratic Association, was all smiles Oct. 11 as she introduced four candidates up for election Nov. 6.
It was a full house at the Blue Mountain Woodworking Inc. banquet hall when candidates Susan Wild, 7th U.S. Congressional District; Tarah Probst, Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District; Dean Donaher, Pennsylvania State House 138th District; and Jason Ruff, Pennsylvania State House 183rd District, were introduced.
Each candidate presented for 15 minutes and then took questions.
The third annual Spuds and Suds festival was held Aug. 25 in Bath Borough.
The event begins around 4 p.m., making it a friendly tornado-like festival. Last call at the beer hall was 6 p.m.
The festival honors the importance of the potato farm industry in Bath and the surrounding area.
Intermingled with the spuds is the recognition of the craft beer industry. Last year, Weyerbacher Brewery developed a craft beer named Bath Beer specifically for the festival.
Crazy Heart, Forty Grand and the Sunshine Symphony provided energized musical entertainment for attendees.
During Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito’s report to Bath Borough Council Oct. 1, she relayed positive resident reports about the police services provided by Pennsylvania State Police.
Reginelli-Mirabito said the troopers have also expressed positive statements about their work in Bath.
“I am very happy, very happy with the state police. They have been great,” said Bradley Flynn, borough manager, before the start of the meeting.
The Sept. 26 Coffee with the Cops event was a hit in Bath. It was well attended by both residents and elected officials. Several Pennsylvania State Police troopers and lieutenants from Troop M, Bethlehem, were present to field questions from residents.
Trooper Mark Allen, the Pennsylvania State Police community services officer, said he was delighted to learn Bath officials are exploring the development of a town watch group.
After a two-month search that included a contest, Bath Borough has selected its new motto. About 80 contestants, both from the borough and outside communities, submitted potential slogans. Entries had to be 10 words or less.
Councilman Frank Hesch, who headed the selection committee, said, “This motto captures the spirit of Bath.”
Moore Township Land and Environmental Protection Board is planning an open house for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Moore Township Municipal Building, 2491 Community Drive.
The focus of the open house is the township’s natural resources. Laura Baird, senior land consultant for Heritage Conservancy, will present on farmland preservation and its reasons, benefits and importance.
Also at the Oct. 2 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved moving forward in preserving the Schiavone 78-acre farm. Twenty acres of the 78 are being set aside for a future park.
At the Sept. 4 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Gable reported the township has applied for about $225,000 in disaster relief from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The request is for damage to various areas throughout the township from recent storms.
Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of disaster, opening up relief compensation.
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.