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.
In what can only be described as a photo finish, Advanced Disposal was awarded the Bath Borough sanitation contract at the Oct. 7 meeting of council.
The two bidders were Advanced Disposal and JP Mascaro and Sons.
The lowest bid was $144 less than the other. Mascaro’s bid was $270,768. Advanced’s was $270,624.
In 2016, a narrow gap of 18 cents per household separated the top two bids, with Mascaro winning the bid. This year’s difference was even tighter — at just a few pennies per household.
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.