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Friday, February 23, 2018

Architect hired for building study

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Coplay municipal site would house police, public works, administration

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 6, Councilman Charles Sodl summarized a series of committee meetings that selected an architect to look at a new borough hall.

“We can’t make any reasonable decisions going forward until we at least look at all of our options,” he said. “We are looking for a feasibility study to get a firm estimate on what it would cost for a new borough building that would house police, public works and administration.

“We might find out we can’t afford a new building; then, we need to see how we make the existing building usable,” Sodl said.

The process started with a request for bid. Five firms responded. The committee whittled the participants down to two and put both firms through the ringer.

“We seemed to click best with the firm we chose,” Sodl said. “They did visit the property to see what we have.”

The committee selected KCBA Architects. According to Sodl, the firm is working on the Bath Borough building and a new elementary school in the Northampton Area School District. The firm boasts more than 50 municipal projects in the Lehigh Valley with six projects active. It has 33 professionals.

The goal is to produce a high-quality, realistic rendering of the final project and a cost estimate. The price of a cost estimate and a rendering is $7,000.

The committee’s recommendation and the required funding will be voted on at council’s regular meeting Feb. 13.

Councilman Stephen Burker reported bid packages for the new Saylor Park are expected from borough Engineer Daniel Witczak as early as the next regular meeting.

“We are hoping to get a ground-breaking ceremony by the end of March. And maybe we can get a good portion of the project done over the summer,” Burker said. “The goal is to have everything ready for our 150th-year celebration.”

Police Chief Vincent Genovese gave his end-of-the-year report for 2017. The department handled fewer calls than the prior year. There were 40 adults arrested and detained. Genovese reported only four curfew violations, which were handled without incident. Four juveniles were arrested for offen- ses other than curfew violations.

The other major change ready for introduction is the Quik Ticket. These are tickets issued for nuisance violations like garbage or weeds. The ticket is designed to be hand-delivered to the homeowner. If the homeowner is not available, the ticket will be mailed. The objective is to get nuisance matters cleaned up without a lot of legal hassles.