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

Plan designed to service new Eagle View project

At Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s (CWSA) regular meeting Feb. 15, Eagle View Estates dominated the discussion on new projects in 2018. The project had cleared a hurdle, receiving conditional use approval from Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Feb. 12.

The developer envisions 38 townhouses on the approximately 11-acre parcel.

The project has an official address of 2566 MacArthur Road. The location is near the intersection with Route 329, but Mason Lane just south of the highway forms the boundary. Mason Lane services the properties — residential and commercial — that face Route 329 (Main Street).

CWSA Engineer Darryl Jenkins designed a plan that will service the units and tie into a main line at McKinley Avenue. The existing sewer lines provide service to residents in the adjacent development. The main street through the development is Fornaciari Drive. The units will be on two inward-facing rows. The triangular-shaped property has advertised its potential development for years.

Jenkins reported that CWSA, the Borough of Coplay’s public works department and borough Engineer Daniel Witczak reached an agreement on a punch list of items necessary to close out the long-delayed Front Street project. The items are completed as weather permits.

CWSA has a main sewer line that runs through property involved in the Allentown waterfront project. Jenkins met with Allentown, made some minor revisions to the plan and approved it. CWSA reviewed its options more than a year ago and presented its ideas to the waterfront developers. The developers included all the initial recommendations from CWSA into the design.

“The adjustments we made were very minor. We moved a light pole and a couple of other minor details,” Jenkins said.

Solicitor Jack Stover recapped legal fees in the action against Lehigh County Authority (LCA). The nine authorities that use the Allentown wastewater treatment plant, including CWSA, are in negotiations on certain operations and procedural matters — one of which includes how each authority is billed.

By the terms of the ongoing agreement by the municipalities with LCA, any resolution will be by an arbitration panel. All parties were given a discovery period that will last until June. Legal fees to date are $59,000. CWSA’s share of the cost is approximately $12,000.

Stover expects more legal costs, but it will not continue forever. The arbitrator is selected and is reviewing existing documents. The arbitrator’s decision is binding on all parties.