The Moore Township Board of Supervisors Feb. 4 meeting began with a discussion about land and farm preservation.
The question was whether the township planning commission should be involved in a resident’s land preservation request that originates with Northampton County. This would create clarity in land preservation requests and act as a guide to the property owner, it was mentioned.
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 his report at the Dec. 3, 2019, Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Solicitor David Backenstoe, stated he met with a mountain bike group offering to build a mountain bike trail within the township gratis. The group explained to Backenstoe the trail would be for use by bikers, hikers and dog-walkers.
A long discussion ensued with many questions including safety, maintenance of the trail, hunting season and risk management.
At its reorganization meeting Jan. 6, Bath Borough Council retained Mark Saginario as president, Michele Ehrgott as vice president and Barry Fenstermaker as council pro-tem.
After completing appointments, the reorganization ended.
During its regular meeting, Jim Pasquariello, president of Bath Social Club, presented a $500 check to Saginario for Bath Fire Department.
Marena Rasmus, office administrator, reported Brian Radcliffe, a leader at Bath American Legion Eckley E. Patch Post 470, addressed council.
In a brief meeting Dec. 30, 2019, Moore Township Board of Supervisors, in a split vote, adopted the 2020 tax levy. They also approved the 2020 budget. Both votes were 2-1, with Supervisor Richard K. Gable casting the no vote. Gable interjected after the vote, saying the tax hike is 2 mills, which takes the total millage to 6 mills.
The hike translates to an increase of $112 for the median assessed property.
Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 214-216 E. Northampton St. on the morning of Jan. 1.
According to Christopher Keenhold, Bath assistant fire chief, the two-alarm fire also brought out 11 other fire departments for assistance.
“We had a great response from area fire stations,” he said.
Two people were transported to the hospital for care, he reported. There were no other reported injuries.
At the Dec. 2 Bath Borough Council meeting, members passed the 2020 budget with no tax hike. The 2020 fee schedule was also not increased. The current Bath millage is 15 mills.
The last tax hike was in 2016.
After the meeting, Marena Rasmus, office administrator, said the budget includes reducing Bath Borough debt from $330,000 to zero. Budget plans include increasing the capital budget. Rasmus said there are plans to possibly hire a part-time parking enforcement officer. Independence and Penn streets are slated for repairs.
At the Dec. 3 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, a 2020 budget discussion was listed near the end of the agenda. It was already a long meeting and was further lengthened by budget talks.
Township Manager Nicholas Steiner presented elements of the budget. Steiner noted the township faces many needed upgrades in numerous areas of its operations.
Steiner appealed for a 2-mill tax hike for 2020. The current rate is 4 mills.
The hike for the median assessed property will raise taxes $112 per year.
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.
At the Nov. 7 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, supervisors and other officials grappled with complexities involving a potential application for a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP).
The issue at hand was a meeting agenda item to grant conditional final approval of Moore Township Estates’ final lot-line adjustment.