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.”
At the Oct. 4 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the approved vote last month to have a full-time employee for the recreation department was changed. Supervisor Richard Gable rescinded his second of the motion to approve a full-time worker.
Gable said, “I can’t see paying 65k a year for a full-time employee.”
The issue was discussed with citizen input. The change was agreed unanimously to hire a part-time worker instead of a full-time worker.
Eighteen cents doesn’t buy much anymore, but Waste Management Inc. learned 18 cents can be a lot of money.
At the Oct. 3 Bath Borough Council meeting, a vote was taken to accept the lowest bid for the next three years of sanitation and recycling in Bath. The two principal haulers who bid were Waste Management Inc. and J.P. Mascaro & Sons.
Near the close of the meeting, a representative from Waste Management Inc. arrived. J.P. Mascaro & Sons had no representative present.
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.