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.”
Medical marijuana and mini cell towers were topics of the solicitor’s report at Moore Township’s board of supervisors meeting Feb 7. Solicitor David Backenstoe requested permission to draft a medical marijuana ordinance and a mini cell tower ordinance. Backenstoe reported the importance of drafting both ordinances as soon as possible.
Awards flew around like frisbees at the Feb. 6 Bath Borough Council meeting.
Taylor Munoz, representing state Sen. Mario Scavello’s office, presented the Martson District Guest Royalty Award to Dunkin’ Donuts of Bath. The award is given to businesses that have distinguished themselves in customer service, best-tasting food and beverages and cleanliness of the business. Owner Prasad Chalikonda and manager Maulik Patel were on hand to receive the award.
Bath Social Hall was filled with borough residents Jan. 18 during what council President Mark Saginario called the “first Bath town hall meeting,” an event he said council would like to hold twice a year.
A main topic at this first meeting was garbage — specifically, the new sanitation contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons.
At Bath Borough Council’s Jan. 2 meeting, two of the three applicants seeking a place on the zoning hearing board were interviewed. Council members were surprised to have three applicants for the position, prompting President Mark Saginario to express happiness to have an abundance of applicants.
Pamela Vogrin, Emmanuel Mirabito and Joseph Tavianni are all seeking the seat.
When asked by Councilwoman Cynthia Anderson why she is seeking this role, Vogrin stated, “I want to be more involved in the community. I feel it is time to give back.”
During the Moore Township Board of Supervisors reorganization meeting Jan. 3, David Tashner Sr. returned as chairman, Daniel Piorkowski as vice chairman and Richard K. Gable as secretary/treasurer. All three gentleman held these positions during 2016.
Numerous positions were reappointed, including David Backenstoe as solicitor, Al Kortze of Keystone Consulting Engineers as engineer and Jason Harhart as zoning officer.
The meeting was swift because a number of committees and township organizations did not meet due to the December holiday season.
At the Nov. 1 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Chairman David Tashner Sr. reported heaters have been purchased for the road department’s garage.
Tashner then reported on his recommendation to purchase a 2013 John Deere loader, with 1,388 hours of use, for $131,000.
Another loader presented to the board was a 2011 loader, with 7,400 hours of use, for $70,000.
Tashner said after little discussion, “Well, what do you want to do, gentlemen?”
After a pause, Tashner said, “Lease or buy a used machine?”
Another pause ensued.
The spirit of volunteerism was praised at the Bath Borough Council meeting Nov. 7.
The Ciff Cowling pavilion floor, 60 years old, needed replacement. The project was estimated to cost the borough in excess of $35,000.
Volunteers were recruited for the job, along with assistance from A.J. Trunzo Inc. and Krause Enterprises Inc. 4 Winds Concrete Inc. donated 22 yards of concrete.
“We did [the floor replacement] for nothing,” borough Manager Brad Flynn said. “It was a tremendous community effort.”