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.
During the Feb. 4 Bath Borough Council meeting, a resident commented about traffic congestion in the borough.
“The traffic is horrendous,” said Bath resident Nancy McGaughran. “There’s gonna be an accident, especially around rush hour. Something should be done. It’s every day.”
McGaughran’s statements were endorsed by many residents present.
Council President Mark Saginario replied that there is not much borough officials can do because the five highways intersecting Bath are state-maintained roadways.
Bath Borough took another step forward in organizing a neighborhood watch group. Residents crowded into council chambers to attend a meeting Jan. 16 on the issue.
Pennsylvania State Trooper Nathan Branosky kicked off the meeting with a guest speaker, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.
Morganelli mentioned the watch group is an important factor and effort in creating community safety.
“I like that these groups are put together by the local community. I am a big believer in these groups starting through local effort,” he said.
Council member Carol Bear-Heckman was excited to present her Bath Museum committee report update during the Bath Borough Council meeting Jan. 7.
The museum committee is writing bylaws as it prepares to pursue 501(c)(3) status. This status is filed with the Internal Revenue Service, which will provide the committee with official nonprofit status.
The museum will be able to receive cash donations that donors can write off on their federal income taxes.
Another museum request was to have a P.O. box in the borough building. Council designated room 101 for museum mail.
A full house was present at Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St., for the Bath Museum open house and ribbon cutting Nov. 17. Museum committee leader Diane Lager acted as emcee for the event.
State Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138rd, Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito and borough Manager Brad Flynn were in attendance and provided remarks.
All three expressed their thanks to the museum committee for its dedication and passion toward preserving Bath’s history and to those who attended the open house.
Members of Bath Borough Council voted unanimously to hold the line on 2019 taxes during their Dec. 3 meeting.
When council President Mark Saginario said, “All those in favor (of voting for no tax hike) say ‘aye,’” several residents in attendance joined in by saying “aye.”
“We have more than a unanimous vote,” Saginario quipped.
The millage rate will remain at 15 mills.
Saginario thanked council members, borough Manager Brad Flynn and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito for their hard work in retaining the tax rate.
Vicky Woodard, chair of the Moore Township Democratic Association, was all smiles Oct. 11 as she introduced four candidates up for election Nov. 6.
It was a full house at the Blue Mountain Woodworking Inc. banquet hall when candidates Susan Wild, 7th U.S. Congressional District; Tarah Probst, Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District; Dean Donaher, Pennsylvania State House 138th District; and Jason Ruff, Pennsylvania State House 183rd District, were introduced.
Each candidate presented for 15 minutes and then took questions.