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Borough council handles year-end items

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

After an extended public hearing to start Coplay’s regular meeting Nov. 14, council settled down to clear the agenda for year-end business matters.

The borough’s tree lighting is scheduled for Nov. 30.

The date for Coplay Sports’ annual Santa parade is Dec. 10.

The business items included a final reading of the 2018 budget and an approval set for Dec. 18. Councilman Mark Molitoris questioned why there were three readings of the budget required and suggested a new plan on getting the budget out. The public is not given copies of the budget until it is ready for approval. Solicitor Lisa Pereira agreed there is nothing in borough policy that requires three readings. Council President Louis Bodish asked to keep the existing protocol for 2017 and revamp the process in 2018. Council agreed to consider a new approach for next year.

At the end of every fiscal year, council transfers any funds left in the Ironton Rail Trail maintenance pool to the borough’s recreation fund. This year, the IRT surplus was $1,962.41. The surplus represents maintenance that did not need to be performed on the IRT. The funds transferred are duly recorded and set aside exclusively for future IRT projects.

Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, gave a brief report on the status of Front Street.

“We have posted the streets 20 times, and no one has showed. Residents complain about the posting, and nothing gets done,” Bodish said.

Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner attended the meeting. He acknowledged the problem and indicated he spoke with the people involved. Schreiner has a couple of requests on his desk for payment.

“I will hold the checks until we get confirmation on the paving,” he said.

Witczak indicated he is closely watching the approval process for Saylor Park. He reported that the approvals are on schedule and he is confident he will be able to make the opening date in 2018.