The Moore Township reorganization meeting Jan. 2 began as a testy affair. There was an overflow in attendance. Upon opening the meeting, the chair and vice chair moved and seconded a motion to immediately eliminate Supervisor Richard Gable from his full-time paid position.
The next procedural step was to have citizen input, during which time the motion was stopped in its tracks. Residents generally objected to the immediacy of the motion. Numerous residents asked for a slower process.
It was announced at the Moore Township Supervisors December meeting that a main goal of the Moore Township Historical Commission is officially nearing completion.
The application for the Edelman School to be included on the historical registry has been submitted. It is expected Moore will learn if the application is successful sometime in early 2018. If successful, a celebration is planned.
Although not present at the beginning of Bath Borough Council’s meeting Dec. 4, Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) Chief Roy Seiple got the proverbial earful upon his arrival.
A room full of angry residents attended to protest an increase of parking tickets in the Old Forge area. A number of residents reported they called CRPD to complain but were told to call the borough office. Residents insisted they were told the borough asked CRPD to write numerous tickets, described by one resident as “a sweep.”
Each parking ticket has a $20 fine.
At their Oct. 3 meeting, Moore Township supervisors only needed a few minutes to discuss and unanimously vote for a new police vehicle.
The vehicle, a 2017 Ford Explorer with a price tag of $47,000, will replace the police department’s Crown Victoria.
Richard Gable, board treasurer/secretary, in his support for the new vehicle, said, “The Crown Vic has 180,000 miles and will not pass inspection.”
A special meeting of Bath Borough Council was held Sept. 5 to allow residents and council members one final chance to question Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) about the services it can provide to them and their community.
Ed Murphy and Craig Rodriguez, lieutenants from Troop M, Bethlehem barracks, were present to answer questions.
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.