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Bath board members set roles for 2022

Bath Borough Council held its mandatory reorganization meeting Jan. 3. This meeting is required by the commonwealth.

Bath Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, who was re-elected in the Nov. 3, 2021, municipal election, presided over the reorganization meeting until the new council president and vice president were chosen.

Council President Michele Ehrgott was re-elected, Councilman Frank Hesch was elected vice president, and Barry Fenstermaker was elected council pro-tem. The pro-tem position is to preside over a council meeting when both the borough president and vice president are absent.

As a part of the reorganization meeting, council approved many appointments that make up the borough government. Visit bathborough.org to review the appointments made by council Jan. 3.

Two council members, Carol Bear-Heckman and Anthony Kovalovsky, did not seek re-election in 2021. Former council member Mark Saginario resigned from council to accept the borough manager position in the borough of Tatamy.

Jim Lisiecki and Doug Hamadyk were elected to council in 2021. Emanuel Mirabito, the mayor’s husband, was also appointed to council. Mirabito previously served on council for 12 years and was a former council president.

Bath has reportedly been a community on the move in recent years. Council was successful in sorting its finances, avoiding a 2022 general fund property tax hike.

Council faces a number of challenges and opportunities during 2022, including ongoing parking issues and efforts to improve traffic flow to mitigate truck traffic. There is also a planned effort to possibly install a splash water area at one of Bath’s parks.

A town reunion is in the planning stages for late August 2022 to coincide with the return of the popular street festival called Spuds ’N Suds. The festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The next borough council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. It is a hybrid meeting, both in person and virtual. Visit bathborough.org for the call-in number and access codes to view virtually.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Bath Borough leaders set council roles at the Jan. 3 reorganization meeting. Leaders include, from left, Marena Rasmus, office administrator; Brad Flynn, borough manager; Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, mayor; Jim Lisiecki; Michele Ehrgott, board president; James Kratz, solicitor; Phyllis Andrews; Frank Hesch, vice president; Doug Hamadyk; Barry Fenstermaker, pro-tem; and Emanuel Mirabito.