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.”
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.