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.
Taxes and the budget were the primary topics at the March 6 meeting of Bath Borough Council.
Council has reduced the budget expenditures as much as possible. Yet, despite the cuts, costs continue to escalate.
This fall, council is still looking at a potential tax increase — in excess of two mills.
To also help control costs, a full-time public works position was eliminated, and borough council President Mark Saginario said council is cutting as many budget corners as possible while striving to keep borough services high.
At the March 7 meeting of Moore Township Board of Supervisors Chairperson David Tashner Sr., in a report on the road department, requested the supervisors develop an operating reserve fund.
Tashner reported the township was reimbursed by FEMA/PEMA about $30,000 — costs from this winter’s storm. The township’s actual costs were about $40,000. Tashner asked the supervisors to consider an operating reserve fund seeded with the federal and state reimbursement.
Supervisor Richard Gable replied to the request, saying, “We already have a fund with $11,000 in it.”