Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Council makes appointments for 2018

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At its Dec. 12 regular meeting, Coplay Borough Council made appointments to boards and commissions ahead of the Jan. 2, 2018, reorganization meeting.

Janet Eisenhauer and SueAnn Molitoris were reappointed to the Coplay Public Library board for the term ending December 2020.

Karl Korsak was reappointed to the Coplay Civil Service Commission for the term ending December 2023.

Paul Boyle was appointed to the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority for the term ending December 2022. He will replace Michael Hobel, who has served 10 years on the board.

Council moved to approve all staff job descriptions in the borough. Police job descriptions are under a separate review.

After the appointments were set, council approved the purchase of a new pumper/rescue firetruck at a cost of $525,401. The vehicle will be paid for upfront to keep the costs lower.

The cost for the firetruck, along with an obligation for matching funds necessary to secure a grant for improvements at Saylor Park, drained the borough’s capital reserves.

Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer presented a proposal from First Northern Bank and Trust to roll the borough’s existing loan obligations and add the cost of the firetruck and Saylor Park matching funds into a single new loan of $1.8 million. Council approved the measure and asked the solicitor to prepare the necessary paperwork.

Council also addressed a long-standing concern over the status of unpaid garbage fees. Some of the fees have been unpaid since 2003. At a prior meeting, council President Louis Bodish estimated the fees owed were nearly $30,000. The back payments were turned over to a collection agency. The borough can put liens on properties whose owners refuse to pay the garbage bills.