Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito is fiercely advocating to all about the importance of taking the coronavirus threat seriously.
Stressing the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, the mayor posted a safety alert on social media urging residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by washing their hands for 20 seconds, trying not to touch their face, to cough or sneeze into their elbow and to observe social distancing by staying 6 feet away from other people.
Organizations providing services to people in recovery are considered essential services, according to Brian Sabo, Change on Main director. They are not affected by Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shutter all nonessential businesses. Change on Main, located on Main Street in Northampton, has closed its center for the sake of safety but continues to counsel.
At the March 3 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, borough Manager Nicholas Steiner reported the township is seeking a public works director.
The last public works director was former supervisor chair David Taschner. Following the 2017 election, the supervisors passed a new rule forbidding a township supervisor from holding a full-time position with the township. The public works position has been unfilled since 2018, with other members of the public works crew handling the additional duties.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bath Borough leaders have canceled all official meetings that take place at Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St., until further notice. The borough hall lobby will be open to make payments and take deliveries. The borough office staff will be available to take phone calls and answer emails.
Mayor Fiorella Mirabito-Reginelli, in a written report, said borough leaders are in “constant contact monitoring the situation. Updates are being published on both the borough website, bathborough.org, and the official borough Facebook page.”
Moore Township officials have closed the township offices to the public and canceled public meetings for the remainder of March due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Township staff are available by phone, email and fax. Any documents can be dropped off with the township police department secretary in the township municipal building, 2491 Community Drive, Bath.
The township’s tax office is closed to public in-person payments. The accepted forms of payment throughout March are checks or money orders only. No cash payments will be accepted at this time.
Bath Borough has seen an increase in truck traffic as warehouses continue to develop in surrounding municipalities. Borough officials have been searching for a solution to the traffic spike.
Mike McGuire and Steve Giampolo attended the March 2 Bath Borough Council meeting. McGuire, from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Giampolo, from McMahon Transportation Engineers, presented PennDOT’s preliminary plan for the Route 248 realignment project.
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.