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Coplay council gives tentative approval for apartment project

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At its workshop meeting June 5, Coplay Borough Council reviewed revisions to a proposal by DVS Enterprises for an apartment complex along the Ironton Rail Trail and across from an existing complex on Coplay Road and gave tentative approval.

Because the development is so close to the IRT, council expressed concern over a concrete bulkhead on the property and maintenance problems it may cause. A survey showed the bulkhead is borough property, but council was assured that DVS would make every effort to ensure the swale in the area would be properly maintained.

Council members spoke directly with David Scheuermann, DVS owner, on stormwater details at the site.

“We cleaned up the swale on our own before we submitted the plan. It used to meander and was causing backups,” he said.

The project is expected to receive the official go-ahead at council’s regular meeting, set for June 11.

Scheuermann does not expect to start the project until later this year.

In other business, the borough received two proposals for alley repaving projects. Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, will review the bids and recommend a proposal at the regular meeting.

Councilman Stephen Burker announced the pool opening is being delayed until June 17 due to lack of lifeguard staffing. Public works Director Paul Boyle reported the pool is ready but had indicated at an earlier meeting that some repairs are needed and could be expensive.

“At some point, we are going to need to decide where we go with the pool,” Councilman Charles Sodl said.

Christopher Strohler, with Wildlands Conservancy, attended the meeting. He has responsibility for 76 miles of navigable water on the Lehigh River.

“We developed Walnutport and Treichlers landings as access points along the river. We are looking to add new safe access points along the river. Coplay and Catasauqua have shown an interest,” he said.

Burker talked to Wildlands about boat access and EMS services along the river near the borough’s Bridge Street property.

Strohler’s project is part of a 2,000-mile state waterway trail. There are 20 water trails in the commonwealth. The goal is to connect the trails and provide access to the general public. Planning is ongoing and is expected to be a 12- to 18-month process.

Front Street paving, expected to be completed by the end of May, remains undone. Paving is expected to resume this week, but there are no longer any projections on completion.

Councilwoman Janet Eisenhower reminded council that June 20 is the date Domino’s selected for a celebration of Coplay Public Library. The library will receive 20 percent of the profits from pizza sales on that day.