The future of policing was a topic of discussion at the Aug. 7 Bath Borough Council meeting.
Council voted last month to end its agreement with Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) for policing services to the borough.
Bath submitted its exit proposal to Lower Nazareth and Hanover townships, both members of CRPD. Borough Manager Brad Flynn explained the exit proposal from CRPD includes a buyout option. The details of the exit proposal are confidential at this point.
“We feel the buyout option is fair and equitable,” Flynn said.
The Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 1 opened with a special order of business. The board discussed a request for extension of the Moore Estates project.
The discussion resulted in denial of the extension request. According to the supervisors, the project proponents missed the deadline to request an extension.
In police news, the report for July showed 326 incidents resulting in four arrests. There were three arrests for driving under the influence arrests and one for harassment.
The fire and ambulance reports were tabled.
In an effort to get its finances in order, Bath Borough Council voted 7-0 to end its 20-plus-year relationship with Colonial Regional Police Department.
CRPD Chief Roy Seiple and other officers were present for the July 12 vote. After the vote, they filed out of council chambers.
A room full of attendees greeted the Moore Township supervisors at their May meeting. Solicitor David Backenstoe reported two ordinances — right of way and medical marijuana — were ready for passage. Both measures were passed unanimously.
The right of way ordinance was prompted by the increasing installation of mini-cell towers in community rights of way without permission. This ordinance requires an entity to register with Moore Township prior to installing a mini-cell tower or anything of a permanent nature in a township right of way.
Bath Borough Manager Brad Flynn opened a one-hour special public meeting May 18 with the council-appointed police advisory committee. The committee was formed to gather information about a potential change of policing. Currently, Bath police services are provided by Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD). The committee has been gathering information during the past seven months.
Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito opened a well-attended meeting May 20 by thanking the residents for their attendance. They had arrived at the 9 a.m. town hall meeting for a discussion on the possibility of a policing change in the borough.
“No decisions have been made,” Saginario said. “We want to hear from you today.”
The meeting is seen as the next step in the process to decide the future of policing in Bath.
At the May 3 meeting, Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario opened with a courtesy of the floor segment. A brief heartfelt ceremony was held for Gerald “Junior” DeGarmo, who retired from the Bath Fire Department as assistant chief. His work with the fire department spanned a stunning 36 years.
Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito awarded DeGarmo with a plaque to recognize his service to Bath Borough.
“It has been a pleasure. You are by far the best council I have worked with,” DeGarmo said.
In an emotional part of Bath Borough Council’s May meeting, council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito expressed agony over what could be the most important decision for the borough in decades — a possible change in policing.
In attendance were Colonial Regional Police (CRPD) Chief Roy Seiple and CRPD Association leader Matt Antonucci, a police officer for CRPD.
Bath Fire Chief Emilio DeNisi kicked off the discussion, asking, “Is there anything new? New for the residents?”
Moore Township supervisors are in the early stages of considering a police change.
The supervisors were approached by members of Bath Borough Council to start discussions to have Moore Township possibly provide police coverage for Bath Borough.
Reached after the meeting, board Chairperson David Tashner Sr. said, “The discussion is in its infancy stage. I don’t think it is time to say anything about it because it is so preliminary.”
Tashner said, however, his initial concern is what happens if the officers are tied up in Bath and there is a problem in Moore Township.
The Bath Borough Council meeting room was filled to near capacity April 3. Council President Mark Saginario opened with a discussion about the Citizens Police Advisory Panel assembled by borough council. Its charge is to explore alternative policing relationships for Bath. Several members of the panel were in attendance. Council members had the opportunity to ask questions of the panel members present.
“This is a big decision, and that is why we have a citizens panel,” Saginario said.