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Bath council adds code enforcement personnel

At its July 6 meeting, Bath Borough Council beefed up its parking and code enforcement staff during a hybrid meeting with a Zoom platform and a limited in-person meeting.

Council appointed Onix Reyes-Santiago, Tony Lopsonzski and Shawn Leidy to the positions of parking and code enforcement officers. The expansion is necessitated by the introduction of parking meters into various sections of the borough and council’s recent overhaul of its quality of life ordinance.

The enforcement officers will issue tickets to homeowners with quality of life ordinance violations as well as parking tickets.

There is a process to appeal any tickets with the borough manager, who also serves as the borough review officer.

Parking meters in Bath municipal lots are now live with coin-only payment. Metered hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Fireworks complaints, as are being seen in numerous communities, were voiced by residents.

Parents of children with autism, folks with post-traumatic stress disorder and the debris left behind after setting off the fireworks were included in complaints. Other complaints were about dogs being frightened by the noise.

Council is reportedly looking into the matter. It was mentioned a solution is being pursued with representatives in the state government.

A resident of Poplar Street, in an area with a new traffic pattern, requested council look into turning the street fully one way. The reasoning for the traffic pattern change was due to sight triangle hazards when attempting to pull into the intersection at East Main Street.

A sight triangle is a triangle at an intersection, formed by the two roads or right of way and a third line, which must be kept clear of obstructions such as hedges so people in one road can see cars approaching on the other.

Council plans to consider the Poplar Street resident’s request.

The Monocacy Creek Watershed Association annual cleanup is planned for 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 15. Volunteers are welcome. Supplies are provided, and it is an easy social-distancing community event. Call the borough office for more details.

Under ordinances, council held its first reading of 2020-693, an ordinance dealing with dumpsters and portable on-demand units that will add property line placement relief.

Ordinance 2020-694 and 2020-695 had their first readings and deal with zoning ordinance changes in subdivision and land development, updating the borough’s official zoning map that will change some property classifications.

It is undetermined if the 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 council meeting will be another hybrid meeting or if it will be an in-person meeting at borough hall, 121 S. Walnut St.