Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, December 10, 2018

Coplay officials make final changes to new website

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting Nov. 13, Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer gave council members a final opportunity for changes to the borough’s website. The new design and details were made available before the final approval to go live with the effort.

In other business, Coplay Sports had a concern over the use of the borough’s gym. Coplay Sports had days reserved during last basketball season and assumed the tradition would continue. The discussion was oriented to solving the problem and making sure Coplay Sports and other paying users would have adequate access to the gym.

One option was to use one of the gyms on the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus.

“We are still a part of the district, aren’t we?” Councilman Charles Sodl asked.

According to Mayor Dean Molitoris, there are restrictions on using the school gyms. Molitoris ran through the various scenarios he experienced during his time at Coplay Sports. There was no resolution to the problem by the end of the meeting, but there were commitments to resolve the matter.

Sodl reported police negotiations are ongoing, with agreements reached on most items. However, cost is getting to be an issue.

“We have to consider if it is necessary that we have our own police force,” he said. “There are many advantages to having local police, but we need to look at alternatives.”

Councilman Stephen Burker read a thank-you letter from Pastor Scott Paradise of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Catasauqua. In addition to his role as pastor, Paradise serves as an adviser to Catasauqua’s Suburban North Family YMCA.

Paradise praised the cooperation between the two boroughs during the summer storm that closed the pool at the Catasauqua Park & Playground. During the latter weeks of the swimming season, Coplay opened its pool to Catasauqua residents with a season pass.

Paradise said, in part, “Usually municipalities seem to compete, but the cooperation between Coplay and Catasauqua was appreciated.”

The final budget will be reviewed at the December meeting, with approval expected at a special meeting Dec. 18. The proposed budget shows an annual tax increase of 0.6 mill based on a house valued at $140,000, which would amount to $84 annually.

Council President Louis Bodish indicated there would be no increase in garbage collection rates.