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Former Bath borough hall sold

At the June 3 Bath Borough Council meeting, it was announced Thomas Kishbaugh entered into an agreement of sale to purchase the former municipal building for $403,000. The bid was accepted, and settlement needs completion within 60 days.

“This is huge. We are excited about the sale,” borough Manager Bradley Flynn said.

Kishbaugh reportedly plans to develop the building by constructing apartments in the former borough hall, which once was a school. Borough officials said they are delighted the building will return to the tax roles.

The borough is planning a celebration of the anniversary of the Pennsylvania State Police coverage. The event is set for 5-6:30 p.m. July 8 at Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St. Light refreshments will be served.

The state police replaced Colonial Regional Police Department in July 2018. At that time, council cited escalating CRPD costs as a major reason prompting the change.

The state police recently held a compliance checkpoint, whereby they checked motorists for driver’s licenses, vehicle owner cards, vehicle inspections and proper use of car seats for children.

In other safety news, the Bath Community Watch’s next meeting is to be announced. The BCW is seeking block captains as the group works toward a larger presence. Interested residents can call the borough office for more information.

Fire Chief Chuck Tulley announced Bath Community Days will be held at Ciff Cowling Field June 12-15. Numerous activities are planned. Bath Fire Department is a principal coordinator and sponsor of the event.

The annual Suds and Spuds celebration is noon-7 p.m. Aug. 24. Entertainment at the event includes the bands Jimmy and the Parrots and the Large Flowerheads. Games for kids are planned. The event is held to commemorate the historical significance of the potato industry to Bath and the surrounding area potato farmers.

Upper Nazareth Township and Bath have received a $236,000 grant for street equipment that includes a paver. Bath had to provide a $7,600 payment to secure the funds. The grant is from the state’s Local Shared Account. The two municipalities will share the capital equipment.

Bath office administrator Marena Rasmus was honored by Northampton County as an Employee of the Year. The award, given by Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, is in recognition of Rasmus’ dedicated, thorough service provided to Bath residents and the county. RCN sponsored the award.

Rasmus also received a citation of distinction from U.S. Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th. Other local state officials, including state Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th; state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th; state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd; and state Rep. Joe Emrick, R-137th, also recognized Rasmus.

The next Bath Borough Council meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. July 8 at borough hall.

PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR.During the June 3 Bath Borough Council meeting, Marena Rasmus (left), Bath office administrator, and Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, Bath mayor, display two of the accolades - Northampton County Employee of the Year award and a citation of distinction from U.S. Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th - Rasmus received for her dedicated, thorough service to Bath residents and the