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.
Coplay Mayor Dean Molitoris called the reorganization meeting to order Jan. 6.
The mayor swore in three members of council — incumbents Janet Eisenhauer and Mark Molitoris and newly elected Richard Kern.
Council voted to install Louis Bodish as council president and Charles Sodl as vice president.
The council pro-tem position was given to Carl Lukenbach.
On the staff positions, Kimberly Bachman was sworn in as the borough secretary/treasurer. Attorney James Preston will continue as borough solicitor.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner presented the 2020 budget for the authority at the board’s regular meeting Dec. 20.
“I am happy we are able to present a budget that meets the needs of our customers and does not require a rate increase,” he said.
Schreiner attributed the success of the authority to the dedication of the people working there and cooperation among all the groups that support the authority in its operation.
The nearly $4 million budget balances the revenues coming in.
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.
Tiffany Henne is one of the parents who had her children enrolled in day care at the former St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, and who hoped to continue her children’s early education and care at a school at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.
The day care is now not going forward as planned, leaving parents and teachers at the school in search of child care and work.
Council President Louis Bodish opened the Dec. 3 Coplay Borough Council meeting with a moment of silence to remember the contributions of Gloria Reinert, police secretary, who died recently.
In a discussion on the borough budget, Janet Eisenhauer, finance chair, reported there was no change in the borough’s budget after its final review. The $2 million-plus budget will require a 0.7-mill tax increase. The increase will bring property taxes up to 6.19 mills.
At its Nov. 21 regular meeting, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s board concentrated on details to close out the end of the year.
The main unresolved issue was completing the update plans for the Eberhart Road pump station. These plans were delayed while other plans were made to integrate solar power as part of the power source. The solar project has been canceled, and the new installation will move forward.
The board is concentrating on preparing the 2020 budget. At this point, the board is confident there will be no increase in sewer rates.
At its Nov. 12 regular meeting, Coplay Borough Council began its end-of-the-year activities. A first reading of the budget was authorized.
The approval of the budget is scheduled for Dec. 23. The budget will be available for a detailed review on the borough’s website, coplayborough.org. The new budget includes a 0.7-mill increase, which will cost the average homeowner in Coplay an additional $98 per year.
Borough resident Melvin Procanyn suggested council raise the tax increase to 1.2 mills and keep the rate constant.