Bath Borough Council’s recent history includes making tough decisions to improve the borough. The council’s public safety committee plans to serve up another potentially difficult decision.
The committee is formulating a plan for council to vote on the installation of parking meters in the historic business district.
After the Aug. 5 meeting, Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito said, “The committee is in a very early stage of the process.”
At this point, the majority of the business community seems to favor parking meters, according to Reginelli-Mirabito.
Prior to the July 8 Bath Borough Council meeting, a celebration was held for the anniversary of police services provided by Pennsylvania State Police for Bath Borough. The event, which took place at borough hall, had light food and refreshments.
In attendance were Bath Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, council President Mark Saginario, the rest of council, three members of PSP Troop M, Bethlehem — Lt. Dennis Long, Sgt. Brian Roberts and Trooper Nathan Branosky — and numerous residents. Branosky is also assisting with the development of the Bath Neighborhood Watch.
Nicholas Steiner, Moore Township manager, verified a number of resident complaints were generated by recent Pennsylvania Department of Transportation detours.
The bridge at Route 248 and Valley View Drive is being replaced. It was built in 1929.
The detours included one detour for truck traffic and another for car traffic.
The original detour for cars took “traffic down dirt and gravel roads. These roads are not designed for this volume of traffic,” Steiner said.
Bath Borough is celebrating another successful Community Days event.
This year’s fair, held June 12-15 at Ciff Cowling Field, included games, carnival rides, face painting, live entertainment, food and beverages for both kids and adults.
Thirty-five sponsors stepped up this year to help defray costs. Platinum sponsors included Bath American Legion Eckley E. Patch Post 470, Reichel Funeral Home and Valley Farm Market.
At the June 3 Bath Borough Council meeting, it was announced Thomas Kishbaugh entered into an agreement of sale to purchase the former municipal building for $403,000. The bid was accepted, and settlement needs completion within 60 days.
“This is huge. We are excited about the sale,” borough Manager Bradley Flynn said.
Kishbaugh reportedly plans to develop the building by constructing apartments in the former borough hall, which once was a school. Borough officials said they are delighted the building will return to the tax roles.
The Greater Bath Chamber of Commerce sponsored a forum titled “Stop the Stigma: Raising Opioid Awareness in Our Community” April 24 at Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Ave.
In response to growing resident pushback about the proliferation of warehouses in the Lehigh Valley, Moore Township Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed at the May 7 meeting to have Solicitor David Backenstoe develop an ordinance to closely regulate warehouse development in the township.
“We can tighten up the situation with stricter guidelines, more comprehensive than we already have,” Backenstoe said.
He also serves as solicitor for Lehigh Township, where he has already developed a similar ordinance.
Bath-Allen Youth Club President Eric Miller requested time to speak to Bath Borough Council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito at the April 1 council meeting.
Miller explained Bath Borough and Allen Township have joined forces to develop the youth club.
“Kids need activities and opportunities to get out and enjoy sports and get them away from their phones,” he said.
Miller said the organization currently offers baseball, softball and basketball programs for boys and girls.
“We are open to more teams if we continue to have more kids sign up,” he said.
A developer who completed a project approximately 10 years ago is a focus of a controversy over the quality of infiltration systems construction at Countryside Manor in Moore Township. A number of residents came to the March 5 meeting of the township board of supervisors in search of answers.
Trina Carter, a Countryside Manor resident, told The Press before the meeting that residents want to know who is responsible for the needed repairs. According to Carter, it is not clear if the developer, the taxpayers or the property owners are responsible.
The Moore Township Board of Auditors held a reorganization meeting Jan. 8.
There are three auditor positions. Members are elected positions in the township.
Mary Schmoyer, board member, was appointed temporary chair of the board of auditors. She promptly passed the baton to David Lack, who unanimously became the chair of the board of auditors.
Lois Iasiello was elected secretary, with Schmoyer assuming the role of auditor.