CWSA promotes staff members
At its monthly meeting May 16, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority announced two promotions. Michael Melosky and Scott Stoisits were both promoted at the meeting.
Melosky will fill the position of operations manager vacated by the untimely passing of Jeff Gerhard. He is a 1983 graduate of Northampton High School. He is married with two children and two dogs. He did a stint at Valley Forge Military Academy with the idea of a football career at University of Pittsburgh, but it did not work out. He joined CWSA in 1987, starting in maintenance and moving to foreman in 2007.
“I had a great friendship with Jeff, as all of us had. I am honored to be able to follow in his footsteps. He was a mentor for me during my entire career here,” Melosky said.
Stoisits graduated from Whitehall High School in 2004 and went on to Bloomsburg University, where he graduated in 2009. While he attended Bloomsburg, Stoisits interned during the summers at CWSA. He joined the maintenance department in 2010. He will replace Melosky as foreman. He is married, and his wife is expecting their first child this month.
“I took business courses when I was at Bloomsburg, but I just could not see myself sitting behind a desk all day,” he said. “Here, I can work outside. I worked outside growing up, and I like it even in the cold weather.”
Both men complimented their team.
“We work well together. It is a small operation, and getting along with each other and knowing everyone’s strengths is what makes us a good team,” Melosky said.
CWSA Chairman John Schreiner was happy with the selections. The promotions are in keeping with CWSA’s goals of promoting from within the group.
In other action, the authority received a request to rework sewer lines at MacArthur Road Commons. The mall is a strip mall along MacArthur Road that once housed Burlington Coat Factory. The owners, Abrams Realty & Development, want to look at revamping the store makeup to include out-parcels and making the larger stores into smaller boutiques.
The board approved the relocation and main line enhancements. The developer anticipates sewage flows will be about the same under the new configuration.
In an update on the solar project at the Eberhart Road station, Engineer Darryl Jenkins reported on another change request.
“We took soil samples, and we have bad soils that will necessitate 12-foot footers. Some of the soils are bad enough that the footers may need to be 18 feet deep,” he said.
Jenkins is preparing new drawings and costs. The delay adds another six to eight weeks to the project. Schreiner asked if the project was still economically feasible.
As board member James Hahn noted, CWSA is committed to the project at this point.
“We already have a commitment on the panels. I don’t think we are going to be able to abandon anything without a penalty,” he said.
The board will review the costs at the next meeting. The project will not be operational during the high-performing sunny summer months.