Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, December 13, 2019

Coplay getting ready for Community Days festival

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At its workshop session Aug. 6, Coplay Borough Council recommended approval of a lease for the pavilion and the parkway as it prepares for the annual Community Days festival, to be held Aug. 23-25.

“This is a great annual event for us,” Councilman Stephen Burker said. “The participation grows every year. People travel here from all over the Lehigh Valley.”

Community Days provides a great source of revenue for the borough and keeps tax dollars low.

The notable recent project is Community Plaza at North Second and Chestnut streets. Funds from previous Community Days transformed the once-barren plot of land into a borough focal point with a landscaped urban park that hosts free concerts at a classic gazebo, also purchased with Community Days funds.

The latest additions to Community Plaza include a digital sign board and a borough clock. Benches were added to complete the area as a casual outdoor meeting place.

In other action, council approved moving forward with a cell tower lease with SBA Communications. The tower is atop borough hall on South Fourth Street. The new lease allows for upgrades and provisions to implement 5G technology.

Council moved forward on a proposal from PPL to replace existing streetlights with LED technology under a 15-year contract. The replacement program is expected to save money on PPL billing.

Council will vote on the noise ordinance for Coplay Saengerbund at its regular meeting. Five years ago, the borough approved a measure to have noise complaints handled by borough police rather than by the Liquor Control Board. The proposal in front of council is for a renewal of the present arrangement. Council must approve continuing the noise arrangement every five years.

The borough has been notified by a religious activist organization that it must not display a nativity scene on borough property. The display has been a part of the Christmas decoration for decades. Council will meet in closed session to discuss its options. Burker anticipates the borough will make a decision at the September council meeting. The letter to the borough from the religious activist organization requires an answer.