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Bath Council Short & Long-Range Planning (2015 to 2020)
The Bath Borough Council is committed to tackling issues facing the Borough on a wide range of topics. Council attempts to plan for the short and long term, consistently assessing current objectives in reaching targeted goals.
The following plans have been identified by Council through careful consideration and listening to the public. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive or to be specifically carried out in order of arrangement.
Year 1 Plan
- Truck Traffic Issues
- Road & Infrastructure Repairs
- Proactive Police, Code, & Zoning Enforcement
- Upgrading Municipal Building Internet and Technology
Years 2 to 3 Plan
- Municipal Building Reconstruction versus New Construction
- Open Space Planning
- Rental Registry & Inspection Program
- Pro-Active Borough Planning
Years 3 to 5 Plan
- Walking Path/Nor-Bath Trail Concept into Bath
- Pedestrian Safety/Walk-able Streets Projects
- New Business/Economic Development Planning
- Teenage Recreational Opportunities Planning
- Increase Borough Reserve Funds
Current Community Projects
Ciff Cowling Field (Completed Fall/Spring 2015-2016)
- New wooden double split-rail fencing
- Upgrades to Ciff Cowling field houses
- Application for DCNR Tree-Vitalize Grant for new park trees
Tot Lot (Completed Fall/Spring 2015-2016)
- New wooden double split-rail fencing
- New playground equipment through possible grant opportunity
- New trees from possible DCNR Tree-Vitalize program
- Consideration of officially naming the park; for more information or suggest a park name, call (610) 837.6525
2015 Road Projects (Funding of $138,000.00 from Community Development Block Grant – (Completed Summer 2015)
- Mill St – Storm Water Inlet Project; new storm water/sewer inlets, road milling and repaving. Expected start time: August, 2015.
- Green St – Storm Water Inlet Project; new storm water/sewer inlets, road milling and repaving. Expected start time: August, 2015.
- Old Forge Dr – Storm Water Inlet Project; new storm water/sewer inlets, road milling and patch repairs. Expected start time: August, 2015.
- Mulberry St – Storm Water Inlet Project; new storm water/sewer inlets, road milling and patch repair. Expected start time: August, 2015.
- Creek Rd at N Chestnut St – Storm Water Inlet Project; repair culvert and damaged storm water inlet. Expected start time: August, 2015.
- Introduction of walking/bicycling path into Ciff Cowling Park; Council has agreed to preliminary approval with further research to follow.
Mayor’s Outreach to Four Winds Concrete & Trunzo Inc. for Concrete Donation – (Completed Fall 2016)
- Four Winds Concrete & Trunzo Inc. are working together with Mayor Fiorella in repairing the Ciff Cowling Park Pavilion concrete floor. The repairs should be completed before the end of September, 2015.
Barrall Avenue and SR 512/N Walnut Street (Completed Spring 2016)
- This intersection will be upgraded with Automatic Surveillance Traffic Control Signals. The traffic lights will monitor vehicular traffic for smoother control and flow of vehicles in and around this intersection. Plans are to upgrade all traffic control signals with this new technology in the future. Funding for this equipment is provided by PennDOTs Green Light-GO Grant Program.
Bath Borough Municipal Building (Work In Progress – Spring 2016)
- The municipal employees and Council email addresses have been updated.
- Capital Improvement Projects will include upgrading the Borough’s IT equipment.
- Borough Offices will be upgrading the server, computer hardware, software, wire wall protection, and internal wiring for modern applications and service delivery. The Borough is also looking into streamlining services online, such as bill paying.
- Work should be completed by mid-summer 2016.
Sleepy Hollow Road Repairs (Suspended Indefinitely as of Summer 2016)
- On February 24th, 2016, a significant rainstorm swept through Bath causing roadway damages in a few locations. One of the worst hit areas was Sleepy Hollow Rd.
- Funds have been made available to repair sections of Sleepy Hollow Rd and correct drainage issues.
- Because this project will be located near a tributary of the Monocacy Creek watershed and certain PA Dept of Environmental Protection permits are required before the Borough can begin any work. These permits can take between six to nine months to complete.
- Borough expects to begin work in late summer to early fall.
Fountain Street Curb Installation Project
- As a result of the flooding that occurred on February 24th, 2016, the Borough is considering the installation of curbing along the east side of Fountain St to alleviate water runoff concerns.
- The Project will be headed up by our Public Works Department and could begin sometime in mid-summer.
Firefighter’s Park – Creek Rd at N Chestnut St – (Completed Fall 2016)
- Once again, another area damaged by the flooding on February 24th, 2016, an underground storm water drain needs to be replaced.
- Work is expected to begin mid to late summer.
Upcoming Grant Proposals
Department of Conservation & Natural Resources – Tree Vitalize Grant (AWARDED $3,300 – Project Completed Spring 2016)
The Borough applied for a Tree Vitalize Grant through the DCNR with hopes to plant up to 22 new trees throughout the community. The project incorporates upgrading of Ciff Cowling Park, the Tot Lot, and parts of E. Main St.
Northampton County Community Investment & Partnership Program (CIPP) Grants (AWARDED $17,500 – Work in Progress)
The Borough was awarded funds from the 2015 CIPP Program by Northampton County. This award covers two projects; 1) to study the repurposing of the current municipal building and activating empty space for commercialization and economic development or determine if building an entirely new municipal/public works/fire department complex is feasible. 2) The Borough is studying the costs of street sweeping and starting a regional street sweeping waste recycling program. The Borough is considering a street sweeping recycling program under the Public Works Department that could create jobs, improve the environment, and generate enterprising funds for capital improvement projects such as road maintenance.
PennDOT Multi-Modal Transportation Grant; Proposal of more than $318,000 – (DENIED as of Fall 2016)
In one of these most advanced and aggressive grant applications submitted by the Borough, plans of converting all existing traffic lights to adaptive signaling technology could be in Bath’s future. This means Bath could receive the latest in traffic control devices throughout the Borough. This technology uses real-time data processed through computers and surveillance cameras to monitor traffic conditions and change signal lights according to volume throughout the day. Traffic congestion could be a thing of the past if Bath is able to acquire this grant. The Borough is posting another 35% in borrowed funds of the overall cost of nearly $420,000 to complete this project.
DCED Multi-Modal Transportation Grant; Proposal of more than $318,000 – (Application Pending)
In one of these most advanced and aggressive grant applications submitted by the Borough, plans of converting all existing traffic lights to adaptive signaling technology could be in Bath’s future. This means Bath could receive the latest in traffic control devices throughout the Borough. This technology uses real-time data processed through computers and surveillance cameras to monitor traffic conditions and change signal lights according to volume throughout the day. Traffic congestion could be a thing of the past if Bath is able to acquire this grant. The Borough is posting another 30% in borrowed funds of the overall cost of nearly $420,000 to complete this project.
Old Forge Drive Road Reconstruction Project; Proposal of nearly $320,000 – (AWARDED $200,000 in CDBG funds – Work in Progress)
The Borough is eagerly awaiting the final determination from the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development for this years Community Development Block Grant recipients. The Borough has submitted a grant package worth nearly $200,000 for the complete reconstruction of Old Forge Drive. The Borough is committing another $100,000 toward this project in borrowed funds. Old Forge Drive hasn’t been repaved in roughly 40 years.
2016 Hotel Tax Grant; (AWARDED $17,500 – Completed Summer 2016)
The Borough received another grant this year for the purpose of restoring the entryway and threshold to the Siegfried Log Cabin. The cabin has been damaged by water issues and this grant is making it possible for the Borough to maintain the structure while keeping it open to the community. This grant is a tremendous asset, replacing the use of General Fund money to make needed repairs.
Greater Area Bath Chamber Foundation; (AWARDED $2,000 – Completed Summer 2016)
To improve landscaping at Monocacy Creek Park, the Borough has applied for a small grant through the Greater Area Bath Chamber Foundation to add rockscapes. The project will incorporate upgrading current flower beds with terrace formations and installing an ornamental rock base and boulders near the pedestrian bridge. The project should help control unsightly weeds and add to the parks charm.
The Borough is constantly on the look out for new grants from local, state, and federal sources. Grants have specific application, intents and purposes. For example, the Borough strives to provide its citizens with upgrades in infrastructure, such as roads. These grants often open on a yearly basis, however funds are limited. Some road projects are capital intensive due to re-construction efforts. Most grants also require $1 for $1 matching, or even $2 for every $1 granted, which makes application to such grants cost prohibitive.
Check back often for updates and offer suggestions on ways you may be able to help in this ongoing effort.
(Last updated 08/23/2015)
(Last revised 10.31.2016)