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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Coplay renews assignments for borough personnel

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At its first meeting of the new year, Jan. 8, Coplay Borough Council renewed contracts and approved appointments of staff personnel. In the public contact positions, Kimberly Bachman will continue directing the office staff. She was appointed to continue her positions as borough secretary and treasurer. The borough police chief will continue to be Vincent Genovese. Matthew Buskaritz will remain as fire chief, with Brandon Bechtel as assistant chief. Joseph Gill will remain as borough health inspector.

The borough retained James Preston as solicitor. Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, will continue as the borough engineer.

Council continued its discussion on the proposed beer fest, scheduled for April 27. The event is the start of celebrations for the borough’s 150th anniversary. The fest was originally presented to council as a Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce event. Rick Kern, of Coplay Sports, attended the meeting to clarify.

“I want to emphasize that this is a Coplay Sports event, and we are being assisted by the Whitehall chamber,” he said.

Kern is the lead on the event. With the clarification of purpose and a specific leader, council felt more comfortable with the event. The final measure will be voted on at the next regular meeting, Jan. 15.

Councilman Charles Sodl set a 2019 goal for the Community Plaza.

“We want to have the message board and the town clock installed before the year is out,” he said.

Sodl also announced that the police union and the borough have reached a tentative settlement. The agreement will be made available for review.

Genovese presented council with an option for selecting new police officers. His plan would consolidate needs and search activities with surrounding municipalities to form an approved list prepared by an undefined police association. All municipalities would use the same testing procedure for all candidates as administered by the police association. The borough would submit its needs to the association and make selections from the approved list. The tests would be good for two years. The plan appears to streamline the selection process and give smaller boroughs like Coplay a wider pool to tap for police officers.

Council will look at the option, and the details will be worked out. Startup costs are expected to be in the $500 range.

The Jan. 15 council meeting will begin 7 p.m. The meeting schedule reverts to the first and second Tuesdays of the month in February.