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Coplay Borough preparing for new year

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Council makes reappointments, selects banker, accepts NBMA offer

At its last regular meeting for 2019, held Dec. 10, Coplay Borough Council made a slew of appointments to get ready for the new year.

The reorganization meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 2020. Richard Kern, newly elected councilman, will be serving his first term on council.

Council reappointed the following people to positions in the borough: Jane Gillespie and Melvin Procanyn, library board; Ronald Golley, zoning hearing board; and Gene Gyecsek, president of the Civil Service Commission.

The Sanctuary at Haafsville will continue to provide animal control services for the borough. The fees are $50 for trap, neuter and release on feral cats and $110 for stray dogs.

Council reappointed Acela Engineering as the borough engineer. Dan Witzcak is expected to be the lead engineer. Broughal & DeVito LLP law firm was reappointed as the borough solicitor. Attorney Jim Preston is expected to be the lead attorney for the borough. Brad Snyder was appointed as senior laborer.

The borough will continue to use First Northern Bank & Trust as the borough banker.

In other action, council accepted an offer from Northampton Borough Municipal Authority for hydrant markers. As Councilman Charles Sodl pointed out in a prior meeting, homeowners have a responsibility to clear snow around fire hydrants. Some hydrants are positioned in a way that they get buried by snow plows.

Sodl wanted to see the troublesome hydrants marked. NBMA offered 10 marking stakes. The borough has 63 hydrants. If additional markers are needed, the borough can pick them up for $25 each.

Every year, the borough has a short, end-of-the-year meeting to approve the budget. There are generally no changes to the budget, but the accounting books are closed out for 2019 on this date. The final meeting of 2019 will be 6 p.m. Dec. 23.