At the Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 1, supervisors received a report from Solicitor David Backenstoe regarding the procedure to advance a property use ordinance. The supervisors charged Backenstoe to amend the current mobile home park ordinance to address a deficiency in the regulation of mobile homes.
Northampton County is planning a celebration Oct. 9 recognizing the 200th farm preserved in the county. The 200th farm is the Schiavone Farm, Moore Township.
In an active role, Moore Township Board of Supervisors and the township’s Land and Environmental Protection Board continue the push to preserve farmland in the township. Dozens of additional acres of farmland are in the queue for future preservation.
In an eyebrow-raising surprise at its Sept. 3 meeting, Bath Borough Council deemed all three bids for sanitation services as deficient.
Deficiencies included spill remediation and waste hauling license issues.
All three companies must submit new bids by Oct. 7 when they will be considered at the next council meeting.
“We were surprised by this,” Marena Rasmus, office administrator, said after the meeting. “These are established haulers. Now, we are on a tight timeline.”
Bath Borough’s fourth annual Spuds and Suds Festival Aug. 24 featured great weather, splendid music, good food and drinks and fun for all ages.
The festival’s purpose is to honor the Bath and surrounding areas’ potato growers and the industry.
Bath Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito stood with the fire department at the safety services table. She said she was grateful the weather was cooperative and was delighted with the large turnout.
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.