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.
At the March 7 Bath Borough Council meeting, President Mark Saginario happily explained there is a solid chance Bath will be reimbursed 75 percent of the costs of snow removal from the Jan. 22 and 23 Winter Storm Jonas. Bath spent about $21,000 during the storm. Because President Barack Obama declared the January snowstorm a disaster for Pennsylvania March 23, Bath will receive nearly $16,000.
Big city plans in a small borough was the sense of the evening at the Bath Fire Department’s official oath-taking ceremony Feb. 29. An excited group, nearing 40 people of all ages, was on hand in the station’s social hall to witness the swearing in of Bath Fire Department personnel.
Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito installed Emilio DeNisi as Bath’s fire chief and swore in other members of the department. DeNisi is a 15-plus-year veteran of firefighting.
After the meeting, Reginelli-Mirabito said she “is very happy and likes the direction the fire department is going.”
Despite little aggravating circumstances, a room full of residents were present for the Feb. 2 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
Jason Harhart, fire department captain, presented the 2015 annual fire and ambulance report. There were 235 fire calls and 689 ambulance calls, he said. Emergency services logged more than 6,000 man-hours.
Supervisor Richard Gable gave a First Regional Compost Authority report. Brush and leaves pick-up increased last year from the previous year, he said.
“It took two months to get the leaves picked up,” Gable said.
At the Jan. 13 Bath Borough Council special meeting, Cindy Oatis, an independent gratis consultant, presented a number of options to council regarding the borough’s soon-to-expire sanitation contract. The 10-year pact expires at the end of 2016.
Oatis’ suggestion is to have “the cleanest sanitation contract as possible” and make the contract term three to five years. Her rationale is that there is too much uncertainty in today’s waste to have a contract over five years.
As water trickled down Bath streets on a balmy 46-degree February evening, Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario applauded borough crews’ snow plowing and removal efforts during the Jan. 23 Winter Storm Jonas.
“The snow removal policy represented a change, a judicious risk that paid off. I want to thank the council for their work amending the policy. We stayed ahead of the storm. Everyone worked together,” he said.
When Bath Councilman Barry Fenstermaker arrived at the Bath Borough Council special meeting Jan. 13, he was serenaded by his fellow council members and Mayor Fiorella Mirabito in an unrehearsed, impromptu rendition of the happy birthday song. Seeming mildly embarrassed, Fenstermaker listened to the rendition.
Newly appointed Bath Fire Chief Emilio Desini gave his January report at Bath Borough Council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 4.
Desini was introduced by Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito as having “more energy in his pinky finger than most people have in the room.” The chief lived up to this description. After the meeting, Reginelli-Mirabito expressed how delighted she is with council’s appointment of Desini, saying, “He is going to improve our fire services, do good things.”