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Coplay seals deal with bridge contractor

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Bridge St. land to be used as staging area; borough gets $37,000 payment

At Coplay’s regular meeting May 9, Councilman Charles Sodl was reluctant to discuss the terms of an agreement with the contractor slated to start work on the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.

Sodl noted at other meetings that the bridge contractor, Trumbull Corporation, was given verbal authority to use borough property as a staging area, but there was no formal written agreement in place. After an extended executive session, Sodl explained the terms, and council agreed to accept the lease. The basics of the agreement are that the borough receives $37,000 over the three-year life of the contract.

“The borough will receive a portion of the payments upfront,” Sodl said.

A major consideration was to allow the borough access to the property at 1 Bridge St., purchased last year by the borough for use as a public works facility.

“We certainly don’t want [the contractor] to take the whole space. We need to get it developed, so public works can use it,” Sodl said at an earlier meeting.

The exact details on how the space will be occupied was not spelled out. The upfront payments do provide the borough with cash to handle various short-term needs.

In other action, council hired Zyan Globosits and Nathan Wechsler as part-time help for the 2017 summer season.

Gary DeAngelo was hired as Parkway Pool’s manager. Council also hired lifeguards — Rebecca Kosar, Robert Lamm, Courtney Dragovits, Samantha Molitoris, Paul Helman, Faith Schaffer, Darwin Cofield, Reynaldo Aquino and Stephanie Setar. The Bacon Strip will run the pool concession stand for the second consecutive year. William Decker was hired in the pool cleanup slot.

Coplay Town Watch scheduled its participation in National Night Out. Attendance has dwindled over the past few years.

“We want to do more advertising and attract more people to the event,” said Kimberly Fitzpatrick, president of Town Watch.

This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 1 at the main pavilion.

Richard Hamscher addressed council asking for more citizen-police cooperation.

“We don’t see officers who know kids in town. Not many residents know who the police officers are,” he said.

Hamscher’s complaint stems from a traffic stop that became confrontational. Mayor Dean Molitoris expressed his support for the police and how officers are conducting themselves.

“I will look into the particulars of this instance and see what I hear from the officer,” Molitoris said.

Hamscher’s complaint concerned a group of teens in a car. Molitoris reminded him that last week police officers apprehended car passengers with outstanding arrest warrants.

“I agree that we need to keep a balance between the police and our residents,” Molitoris said.