Coplay's public works director is settling into his new position.
Paul Boyle, hired Oct. 15 to supervise the five men on the crew, said he likes the job.
"My favorite part of the job is being able to serve the community I live in," Boyle said. "It was always one of my dreams to end up working for the borough."
He has been a borough resident since 1999. In 1990, he began working for Lehigh County's public works department where he served as a trades foreman in charge of 12 people who took care of city facilities.
Coplay's 150th birthday may be four years away but it's already time to start planning the celebration.
Steve Burker, who chairs Coplay Community Days, has agreed to serve as chairperson of the 150th, borough council announced at its meeting Feb. 3.
Burker told The Press Feb. 5 that council President Lou Bodish has been getting numerous inquiries from people wanting to know when planning will begin for the 150th. Bodish and Councilman Charles Sodl will assist Burker with planning the birthday bash, Burker said.
By a vote of 6-1, Coplay Borough Council Tuesday night raised the rent for Commitment to Family and Community on Cherry Street to $550 a month with a $125 monthly discount for allowing the Coplay Senior Citizens to meet there 24 times a year. This, effectively, sets the monthly rent at $425.
Councilman Steve Burker said he believes the amount is fair.
"I think the CFC has been a good neighbor," he said, calling it a "valuable asset to the community."
Councilman Bill Leiner Jr., cast the sole dissenting vote.
Lisa Silverstein never met a ferret she didn't want to keep.
"As you can see, our house is a ferret kingdom," said Silverstein, of Whitehall, owner of Silver Lining Ferret Sanctuary.
Several large cages covered in blankets and furnished with bedding and toys as well as food and water line one wall of the living room. The dining room is cordoned off and filled with ferret cages. Some ferrets lounge in cages while others play on the floor. Upstairs, several more rooms are filled with ferrets and ferret supplies.
Coplay is following a trend when it comes to crime.
A 2014 year-end report presented last month by police Chief Vincent Genovese says 126 crimes were reported in 2013 compared to 89 crimes reported in 2014.
"Crime is down. We've noticed a trend that crime is down in most places," Genovese told The Press in an interview Feb. 3.
That doesn't mean the police haven't been busy.
"Our call total is basically the same. It didn't come down," Genovese said.
Next week, Coplay Borough Council will decide whether to raise Commitment to Family and Community's rent to $425.
In the coming weeks, council also will decide whether to raise rent for the Coplay Athletic Club and Explorer Post 101's train display.
The subject came up in January because the lease with the CFC, which has paid $300 a month for about five years, is up at the end of this month.
Gerard "Jerry" Palagonia and 107 of his supporters packed the Amore Italian Restaurant in Whitehall Jan. 7.
Palagonia, now serving his fourth term as a Whitehall Township Commissioner, organized the gathering to announce his candidacy for the office of Whitehall mayor.
"I am running because I understand how Whitehall government works and should work," said Palagonia.
Incumbent Edward D. Hozza Jr. is expected to seek reelection. Both men are Democrats, meaning the race would be won or lost in the primary May 19.
While no decision has been made on rental rates, the Coplay Parkway pavilion now goes for a minimum of $120.
At Tuesday night's meeting, Coplay Borough Council voted unanimously to lease the pavilion to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for the resident rate of $120.
"The resident rate is actually $120, not the $160 I quoted last week," said borough Secretary-Treasurer Sandra Gyecsek.
Rent may be going up in the Borough of Coplay. And so might pavilion rental fees. Or, at least, the pavilion rentals may no longer be free to nonprofit groups holding fundraisers.
At Tuesday night's council workshop, a discussion on renewing the lease with the Commitment to Family and Community (CFC) expanded into a question of whether to allow nonprofit groups to rent the borough pavilion for free.
The CFC's current lease expires Feb. 23. Under that agreement, the CFC pays the borough $300 a month rent. It has been paying $300 a month for about six years.
In a meeting lasting barely 15 minutes, Coplay Borough Council approved its 2015 budget.
Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. cast the sole dissenting vote but made no comment at the meeting about his reasons. He also did not comment during the first and second readings of the budget Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 respectively.
"There is absolutely no reason to raise taxes in Coplay," he said after the meeting.
The budget sets the tax rate at 4.39 mills, which raises taxes by 0.3 mills. This includes a 0.38-mill library tax and a 0.38 emergency services tax.