Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Borough council reviews logistics for proposed beer festival

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At the Coplay Borough Council meeting Dec. 11, the borough was asked to approve a beer festival in April. The fest, a fundraiser for Coplay Sports, would be sponsored by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce. One of the conditions for approval was that someone from Coplay Sports serve as a point of contact for the borough to assist with coordination.

Councilman Stephen Burker noted in his report that no one had been identified as a point of contact; however, Councilman Mark Molitoris said he thought the president of Coplay Sports had been appointed. Councilman Charles Sodl asked that the measure be tabled until the conflicting information be sorted.

The consensus of council is that there is no objection to the concept of a beer fest.

Council is well aware of the effort needed to create a successful public event since the borough holds a Community Days celebration at the end of each summer. Council members want to ensure the details are clear before granting approval.

Council authorized a series of motions preparing for next year. The agreement for stray animals was renewed with The Sanctuary at Haafsville; the borough renewed its lease agreements with Coplay Sports and the American Legion; First Northern Bank and Trust was named as the borough’s banker; and Carl Luckenbach was reappointed to the planning commission.

As part of the budget preparation process, funds were transferred among various accounts to coincide with the 2019 budget. Council held the second reading of the budget, which clears the way for the budget to be passed at a special meeting expected to be held Dec. 18.

Council did not have an update on the status of the Saylor Park project. The proposed revamp of the park exceeded the expected cost. The borough is working with developers and contractors to adjust pricing.

Council adjusted its next workshop meeting date to Jan. 8, 2019, and regular meeting to Jan. 15, 2019.