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Bath Council Short & Long-Range Planning (2019 to 2023)
Bath Borough Council is committed to tackling issues facing our community on a wide range of topics. Every few years, Council identifies local issues and develops new budget priorities as voiced by our citizens during public meetings. These goals and objectives will be incorporated into the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan, which is currently undergoing significant updating. Bath is a member municipality of the Nazareth Area Council of Governments (NAZCOG) that will be participating in a regional Comprehensive Plan as required under the Municipal Planning Code over the next one to two years. Our new Comprehensive Plan should be made available by 2020. There will be opportunities for Bath residents to share input as we continue to work through and complete Bath’s portion of the regional plan.
In the interim, the following objectives have been identified by Council at their April 2018 meeting to be completed over the next few years. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive or to be specifically carried out in order of arrangement.
Year 1 to 2 Plan (Through 2020)
Rental Inspection and Registry ProgramRoad & Infrastructure RepairsRe-establish Borough Road PlanParking EnforcementContinue efforts to improve Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Infrastructure
Years 2 to 5 Plan (Through 2023)
Capital Fund Planning; Debt Servicing/Reduction, funds for EMC and Fire Department; funding Parks & Recreation ImprovementsRoad Improvements/Traffic Signalization Upgrades/Traffic Pattern AlternativesRental Registry & Inspection ProgramPolice/Law Enforcement Program
Current Community Projects
- 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.
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.
Upcoming Grant Proposals
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.
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 11.20.2018)
Borough of Bath
121 South Walnut Street
Bath, PA 18014
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