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Resident shares Paw Park parking concern

At the Jan. 4 Bath Borough Council meeting, a resident asked if the borough’s Paw Park was open or closed to the public. She said she had heard conflicting reports from borough workers.

Reportedly, she only has access to her home via an alley behind her home. She noted patrons of the dog park have parked in the alley, blocking her from accessing the alley, during the recent snow.

She noted she had to ask dog park patrons to move their cars, so she could get her car out to the alley. The resident stated some patrons were surly when asked to move.

She hastened to point out she enjoys watching the dogs scamper around the dog park but stressed she needs to have access to the alley.

Borough Manager Brad Flynn reported the dog park is indeed open. He thanked the resident for alerting him to the issue and said he would follow up to resolve the problem.

In other news, Councilman Frank Hesch noted the Nazareth Council of Governments comprehensive plan is proceeding, with a goal to have a finished plan in September.

Hesch, as Monocacy Creek Watershed liaison, also thanked other council members and three volunteers who planted live stakes in the creek this past November.

Placing live stakes, such as live cut branches, into the water anchored by a creek bank is an erosion control effort to help maintain the integrity of the stream banks. The live stakes grow into the bank, thereby firming up the root system to reduce erosion.

Flynn reported parking meter collections are low but expected to grow as more meters go live. Currently, the meters take coins only. Meters with credit card payment capability can increase income and convenience for patrons.

Council is considering a 10-year note to borrow necessary funds to assist in street repairs. Flynn was directed to develop a plan to achieve this goal.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous meetings were canceled during December.

Saginario thanked council and the office team for their work throughout 2020.

“Last year was a challenging year for everybody,” Saginario said. “Thank you for your support as we try to get through this (pandemic), and hopefully we get through this, so we can start meeting in person again.”

The next meeting of Bath Borough Council is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. It is a virtual meeting. Visit bathborough.org to get the call-in number and access codes.