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Bath mayor praises services of state police

Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, in her report at Bath Borough Council’s June 6 meeting, extolled the services Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, have been providing the borough.

Reginelli-Mirabito relayed the crime statistics provided to her by Troop M indicate crime is low in Bath.

“The state police are present in the borough,” she said, adding they doing a good job.

There were 310 police call incidents in Bath for the month of May.

She also noted there is a new commander at the Troop M barracks - Derek Koch, who has expressed a desire to serve Bath in the best manner possible.

Reginelli-Mirabito said Trooper Nathan Branosky is her contact person at Troop M.

Although crime is low, she urged all residents, “If you hear or see something, say something.”

When Bath terminated its Colonial Regional Police Department coverage in the borough, there were some who questioned the ability of the state police to provide adequate police coverage. According to Reginelli-Mirabito, state police have provided a proper presence in the community.

The non-urgent phone number for Troop M is 610-861-2026. Call 911 for emergencies.

From a taxpayer, fiscal perspective, the switch to the state police has saved Bath more than $2 million since it assumed services in the borough.

It was requested American flags be flown by Bath residents at their homes throughout August in celebration of Bath Old Home Week. The weeklong event has festivities set for Aug. 14-19. Visit bathborough.org/events/old-home-week for further details.

The weeklong celebration wraps up with the popular street festival Spuds and Suds Aug. 20. The festival is held on Chestnut and Northampton streets. A portion of the streets will be closed for the festival.

In her personnel, finance and administration committee report, council President Michele Ehrgott said the committee is recommending hiring a part-time clerk for the borough office.

American Legion Bath Eckley E. Patch Post 470 requested and received permission to hold a meet and greet July 9 with members of other Legion Posts and a blessing of the bikes for a rally at one of the Bath parks. The event begins at the Post and runs 1-5 p.m.

Contacted after the council meeting, a Legion representative said final plans are not yet complete. It is expected more information is forthcoming.

Council Vice President Frank Hesch, in his Nazareth Area Council of Government report, said Hanover Township (Northampton County) requested to join the NazCOG. The NazCOG voted to approve Hanover’s entry, but each of the municipalities as members in the NazCOG would then have to have their councils approve Hanover’s request.

Bath council voted unanimously to honor this request.

Bath Fire Department reported 16 fire calls for the month of May. The total fire calls year to date are 121.

The next council meeting is set for 6 p.m. July 5 at borough hall, 121 S. Walnut St. It is a hybrid meeting, with both in-person and virtual options. Visit bathborough.org for the access number and codes to view virtually.