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Tensions rise at Moore Twp. reorganization meeting

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Solicitor asked to draft ordinance on full-time employment of supervisors

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.

Moore Township Historical Commission on verge of milestone for Edelman School

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

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.

Parking woes anger residents of Bath

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

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.

Moore supervisors OK new police vehicle purchase

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

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.”

Bath Borough picks state police

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Council will seek early withdrawal from contract with Colonial Regional

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.

Bath submits exit proposal for policing

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Borough officials discuss coverage from Moore Township, state police

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.

Supervisors agree to rebid Moore Twp. pipe repairs project

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

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.

Moore supervisors pass right of way, marijuana ordinances

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

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 weighs decision to change police departments

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

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.