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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Coplay begins planning for 150th anniversary

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

Saylor Park ribbon cutting, beer fest expected to be part of celebration

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 6, council President Louis Bodish announced that meetings to plan for the borough’s sesquicentennial will soon begin.

“We anticipate that we open the celebration year on April 6,” he said.

There is a list of events that will be held throughout the year. The earliest one under consideration is a beer festival.

“We need to start the planning now. We had one of these planned last year, but it fell apart,” Councilman Mark Molitoris said.

Council plans to have the borough’s Community Plaza completed with a message board and a town clock by late spring. Worked into the events will be the ribbon cutting for the new Saylor Park.

Chris Grim, the borough’s emergency management agency coordinator, recommended council adopt the Lehigh Northampton Hazard Mitigation Plan. According to Grim, if the borough does not adopt the plan, it would not be entitled to emergency funding from the state or the federal government.

There is a consensus among council to adopt the plan. It is available for review on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission website, lvpc.org.

Borough Fire Chief Matthew Buskaritz announced the borough’s latest firetruck has been delivered.

“The new truck came in today (Nov. 6). We have to move some things off the old truck to the new. We expect the new truck to be in service by the end of the month,” he said.

Plans are afoot to have an open house once all the equipment is transferred to the new truck.

There is a hiccup with the borough’s proposed fireworks ordinance. The solicitor suggested the ordinance include a provision regulating the sale of fireworks. It was anticipated this would be a simple revision, but upon further review, the provision to sell fireworks became a stumbling block.

Council had wanted to ensure the new local restrictions were in place by Jan. 1, 2019. That date has now been pushed.

Police Chief Vincent Genovese indicated the fireworks rules can be enforced under the state law. There are two known addresses where fireworks complaints are centered. Councilman Charles Sodl requested extra police presence at these locations.

Public works Director Paul Boyle also reported the utility work done at Second and Chestnut Streets has reduced flooding in the area, eliminating one of the area’s traffic hazards.

At the regular meeting, scheduled for Nov. 13, council will reappoint residents to several open positions for various boards and assign dates for the January council meetings.

Council will also take a first look at the borough’s 2019 budget.