Based on a recommendation from Coplay Borough Police Chief Vincent Genovese at the March 10 council meeting, Coplay hired a new police officer to replace Officer Kevin Torres, who is transferring to Pittsburgh. The new officer, Lauren Fizz, is going through orientation and on-the-job training.
Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker reported the borough is taking everything on a day-by-day basis after reports that a case of COVID-19, the new strain of the coronavirus, had been confirmed in Lehigh County.
“We need to be mindful of what we have; things changed for everyone in a day,” he said. “We are still looking for a good plan. We need to be sure not to panic.”
At the March 3 Coplay Borough Council workshop meeting, Katina Boyce, a spokeswoman for Verizon, gave a general overview of the proposed upgrades for cellular communication antennae that will be placed throughout the borough.
The plan calls for 20 antennae mounted to PPL poles at locations throughout the borough. The exact location will be determined after the radio-frequency engineers develop a plan and the installation crews walk the borough.
There is no defined timetable for the job, but Boyce hinted it would be sometime this year.
The Eberhart Road pump station is on Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s upgrade list, according to CWSA General Manager David Harleman.
Harleman presented a detailed maintenance repair agenda for the distribution plant for 2020 during the meeting Feb. 20. This annual list sets priorities for the budget and manpower allocations.
Contract documents for the Eberhart Road project have been sent and are expected to be approved at the March meeting.
In a quick meeting Feb. 11, Coplay Borough Council approved the purchase of a Ford F150 for use as a police vehicle. The cost of the $60,000-plus vehicle was reduced by $16,000 — the amount available in the capital budget for police vehicles.
Council approved hiring Christopher Hechler as a sanitation laborer. This is a full-time position.
The Chick-fil-A at 2610 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, held one of its family night special events Jan. 14. Princesses Elsa (Kimberly Mertz) and Anna (Sherilyn Jones) from “Frozen” were there to entertain their local fans.
“We use this group (A Storybook Party) a lot for our events,” said Cassidy Garber, who coordinates local marketing for Chick-fil-A.
A Storybook Party has more than 60 characters and, based on reviews from its customers, makes quite a hit with the party-goers.
A painting event was held Feb. 8 at the eatery. A May 7 event has a superhero time.
Anne Killeen’s life changed Sept. 24, 2019, after a house fire in Coplay Borough.
As she will attest, the people, firefighters and neighbors in the little town of Coplay rallied to provide her with assistance. She stayed with neighbors after the tragedy and eventually moved to a long-term-stay hotel.
As of now, nothing is repaired or settled.
“I’m not bitter or resentful. I have been treated well, but I had no idea of all the things that need to be done to get my life back together,” she said.
Coplay Police Chief Vincent Genovese provided the borough’s annual crime statistics at the Feb. 4 council workshop meeting.
Crime was down in 2019, he said, with a total of 90 incidents. Topping the list were burglaries, larceny and vandalism.
Genovese said officers made 46 arrests during the year. They issued 186 traffic citations and 299 parking tickets.
The crimes occurred in the most densely populated part of the borough. Genovese said a full, detailed printout of the report is available to anyone interested in more information.
At the first meeting of the new decade, held Jan. 16, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority reorganized its slate of officers and support staff. There were no surprises, as all officers and staff remained in place.
The board re-elected John Schreiner as chairman, James Hahn as vice chairman, Paul Geissinger as secretary, Joseph Marx as public relations/community affairs, Joseph Bonshak as treasurer, Paul Boyle as assistant treasurer and James Roth as assistant secretary.
At its Jan. 14 regular meeting, council President Louis Bodish set committee assignments for the 100th session of Coplay Borough Council.
Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer will continue as finance committee chair, Mark Molitoris will chair the public buildings committee, Bodish will continue with the public works and streets committee, and Steve Burker will continue as chairman of the parks and recreation committee.
Dave Royer was appointed as the liaison representative with the Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission.