Coplay Borough Council took some last-minute actions over the past week to try and save the renovation plan proposed for Saylor Park. In the end, members made the decision April 9 to discontinue the project.
“We originally started with the idea that this was going to be a $500,000 project. We bid it out, and the number was closer to a million. We cut back the scope of the project and got a lot of help from local trade unions, but we were still around $800,000,” Councilman Charles Sodl said during the council meeting.
Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish has released official information on a March 31 domestic assault case in the borough.
In his report, Kish said police were called around 10 a.m. to 141 Railroad St., near the intersection with Mulberry Street, for a reported assault.
Myrelis Leon-Santiago had allegedly been severely beaten by her companion, James Connelly, Kish said. Officers responded to the report and called an ambulance, which transported her to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she underwent multiple rounds of surgery.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting April 2, Engineer Daniel Witczak presented the latest round of bids on the Saylor Park renovations that the borough has been working on for three years. Even with reductions in the scope of the project, the total cost may be too high.
The park has been billed as the centerpiece of the borough’s 150th anniversary, which kicks off Saturday. See schedule of events at right.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner read a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency at the authority’s regular meeting March 21, stating that required measures to reduce stormwater infiltration have been met.
“Based on the information provided in semiannual reports, EPA finds that the respondents have completed the requirements set forth in the administrative orders,” wrote Rebecca Crane, EPA Region III, water protection division.
The Muslim community called a news conference in Whitehall Township March 15 to express its sorrow and outrage at the attack earlier that day on two New Zealand mosques. The loss of life from such a wanton violation of human decency shocked the world.
The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley opened its doors to others in the community. Dr. Mirza Baig, MALV vice president, welcomed members of all different faiths who had gathered. In his address, Imam Basheer Bilaal described Islam and how the death of one member of the Muslim family affects all.
At its regular meeting March 12, Coplay Borough Council announced changes in the way it approves key cards issued to sports teams and others who require access to the gymnasium in the borough’s municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
At its workshop session March 5, Coplay Borough Council heard from several of the magisterial district judge candidates who accepted an invitation to speak of their qualifications for the open seat serving the 31-1-07 Judicial District, which encompasses the borough and Whitehall Township.
All candidates present that night have passed the required certifications for the position.
Todd Heffelfinger has ties to Coplay. His father was a police officer in the borough.
The Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority board asked for an update on the solar project for the Eberhardt Road pumping station at its meeting Feb. 21. The board initially approved the project a year ago, but the selected contractor was unable to meet specifications.
On a recommendation from Darryl Jenkins, CWSA engineer, the board bid the project again and awarded the contract to the lone bidder. CWSA is anxious to get the project underway, and the bidder wants to meet with the board one last time.
Coplay police responded to a burglary Feb. 23 on South Third Street in the borough after a call that two masked, armed men entered a home and took cellphones, wallets and a game system.
According to police, officers responded just after 8 p.m. to a report of a home invasion robbery in the unit block of South Third Street. Police Chief Vincent Genovese said the victims reported two black males armed with handguns and wearing masks entered a playroom of the home and robbed nine individuals of their cellphones and wallets as well as stole a PlayStation 4 game system.
Joseph Bundra, vice president of the Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission, gave an annual report on the IRT during Coplay Borough Council’s meeting Feb. 12.
The borough, along with Whitehall and North Whitehall townships, provides funding for maintenance and improvements on the trail.
The rail trail is actively used. Pedestrian counters were installed at the trail head at Portland Street in North Whitehall and the Chestnut Street trail head in late 2017. Cyclist counters were added in May 2018.