2014-08-27 / News

Bucket drive ban passes

by Jazz Clark

With no opposition, the Town of Bath council passed a new law banning fundraising drives in town roadways last Tuesday, August 19.

Councilman Rick Weber gave a second and final reading of the town law that bans bucket drives. The town voted unanimously to put the law into effect immediately.

The objection to fundraising in the street was one of safety and insurance liability, said officials.

Mayor Susan Webster said the ordinance should take care of the problem once and for all. If not, they can revisit the wording and make the code sterner while adding penalties such as fines.

Government officials often use the phrase “adding teeth” to describe making a code or ordinance harsher, such as when they add fines.

“We don’t mean ill will to any of the organizations in town,” said Webster. “You’ll just have to get more creative in your fundraising.”

Citizens Jeanne Mozier and Barb Wolfe attended the meeting in favor of the ban. Wolfe thanked the town council for their diligence, and is appreciative of their steps towards safety.

“I’m glad you took care of it before some kid got squished by a tractor-trailer,” said Mozier.

More time to pay

A business license ordinance also passed after a second reading. The law will implement a provisional period of 90 days for business owners who owe the town money to pay up. Failure to pay within 90 days would result in suspension or revocation of a business license.

The talk of ordinances brought up an event last year, where a man stood on the courthouse steps and lectured people attending the annual Apple Butter Festival.

Weber said that the town will not pass a law to prohibit that kind of event because state code is very clear: Freedoms of speech and religion grant citizens the right to say their opinion, within reason. No one is allowed to use amplification devices of any kind without a permit inside the town limits, officials noted.

Trapping cats

An irate woman came into the town meeting to notify council she would be hiring a trapper on August 20 to catch feral cats running through her yard.

The Rockwell Circle resident, who did not identify herself, said the cats are creating friction between she and her neighbors.

She said a trapper is her only option, since she can’t shoot a firearm in town. The trapper will take any trapped cats and euthanize them, she said.

Councilman Scott Merki said he has been complaining to council for 20 years about cats, and nothing has been done.

“You can’t go down Wilkes Street without almost running over a cat these days,” said Merki. He said cats are constantly going through garbage and breeding.

The council was in agreement that feral cats are a problem in the town, and are looking into ways to neutralize the problem. While the town did not endorse the woman’s plans, they did not advise her against the trapping solution.

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