Bath Borough touts itself as “the hub of Northampton County.” Established in 1728 — well before the American Revolution — Bath has a long, rich history.
Concerned citizens and local elected officials have been working hard to develop the Bath Historical District.
Their efforts are paying off.
Pennsylvania Preservation Inc., the commonwealth’s only statewide, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties, has awarded Bath Borough a 2016 Special Focus Award for Grassroots Advocacy.
The Moore Township Board of Supervisors, at its Sept. 6 meeting, discussed a myriad of issues, including a full- versus part-time employee, roads, trick-or-treat night and a pick-up truck purchase.
Police Chief Gary West requested promoting part-time police officer Robert Sutter to full time. The promotion vote was unanimous.
West reported in August there were 322 police incidents, culminating in 40 traffic citations and three arrests. The arrests were one DUI, one possession of marijuana and one theft.
A crowded room of residents at the Aug. 1 meeting of Bath Borough Council prompted President Mark Saginario to quip at the start of the meeting, “This is the first time we ever had to add chairs for a council meeting.”
The meeting began with a public hearing for residents’ input on the proposed mixed-use ordinance, which was up for a vote that night.
The ordinance was to establish a schedule of permitted use, dimensional requirements for mixed use, accessory uses and special-exception uses in the parking overlay district. The area includes 71 properties.
During the August meeting of the Moore Township Board of Supervisors, two events were discussed: a two-day Community Days event and a Movie Night under the Stars.
Supervisor Richard Gable announced that organizers are gearing up for their first Community Days. Moore Township Community Days, Aug. 26 and 27, will be held at the recreation center. Hours are 3-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature food, fun and fireworks. Entertainment includes Point 08, Uncle Smiley and Crazy Heart.
Bath Borough has moved a step closer to disbanding its EMS service.
At the July 5 council meeting, Fire Chief Emilio DeNisi reported the Bath Fire Department investigated other services available to serve Bath. The fire department made the recommendation that Bethlehem Township EMS serve Bath. The recommendation was accepted by members of Bath Borough Council.
The next step is to have the recommendation finalized at council’s August meeting, after the Bath Fire Department approaches the Pennsylvania State EMS Council for its approval.
The Borough of Bath is on the move. Issues and initiatives have been and continue to be present throughout this year. The June 6 council meeting was no exception.
Manager Brad Flynn reported council is moving forward on a noise ordinance. He is reviewing other local municipalities’ noise ordinance as he gathers information for council.
At the May 11 Bath Borough Council meeting, a resident presented a complaint about noise in her neighborhood.
The Borough of Bath currently does not have a noise ordinance.
After some discussion, Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito said, “We need to do this. We need to develop a noise ordinance.”
At the meeting, it was decided borough Manager Brad Flynn will gather information about a potential noise ordinance.
The Moore Township April 5 meeting was a rapid-fire, no-nonsense gathering. Lasting less than a half hour, the meeting consisted of business and committee reports.
The supervisors breezed through the agenda like the early winds of a late summer thunderstorm. Perhaps the lure of the Republican Wisconsin primary results later that evening was too compelling to require a long meeting. Perhaps it was a demonstration of elected efficiency. At the March meeting, three issues were raised that were not on the April agenda.
The disc golf course was not on the agenda.
Two residents from the Creek Road area appeared before Bath Borough Council April 4 to request help in their neighborhood. Loretta Long and Kristin Meixner expressed disgust that people new to Bath walk their dogs and do not pick up their dogs’ feces. Litter is thrown about and not picked up. Children are running in the neighborhood and lacking apparent parental supervision. Kids are throwing stones in driveways, and cars are parked in front of driveways. They complained about a lack of police visibility and questioned if code enforcement is occurring.
Progress is on the march in Moore Township. With an opportunity to engage an “activity for people, groups with no organized sport, and get exercise outdoors,” Recreation Commissioner Julie Poniktera pitched the idea of developing a disc golf course in the public recreation trails and parks.