Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Council working to extend grants

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough officials still hope to have Saylor Park ready for anniversary

Councilman Stephen Burker reported to Coplay Borough Council at the Oct. 9 meeting that he has been in detailed discussions on grants for the Saylor Park project. He is confident he has the right combination in place to extend the grants.

As background, Coplay proposed upgrading Saylor Park to a state-of-the-art recreational park. The expected cost was around $600,000. Grants and in-kind services were expected to bring the borough’s contribution to $200,000.

Front St. work still leads meeting agenda

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

CWSA board member unhappy with sewer project

Coplay’s sewer project on Front Street is still a contentious matter within the borough, the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) board and the contractor. The project, originally scheduled for completion by December 2017, extended well beyond its completion date. A substantial completion letter was issued in July that conjured up a new set of concerns.

The project was plagued by poor soils, bad substrates, collapsing trenches, bad weather, poor-quality cement work and a continuing host of problems. The project is substantially over budget.

Democrats rally in Coplay

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Murat Guzel, who heads the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition (LVDPC), held a political rally, billed as Harmony Fest, at the American Club of Coplay pavilion Aug. 9.

“This is a local organization. Every local Democrat Party organization and all the Democratic elected officials joined us and are a part of this group,” he said.

Guzel had a two-page list of everyone who supports his organization. Celeste Dee is the executive director of LVDPC and set up the event. She has an extensive resume of working for Democratic Party executives.

Sewage issue continues at township home

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

CWSA says stormwater believed to be originating in South Whitehall

Adam Faisetty, of 1202 Woodlawn St., Whitehall, made a second appearance before Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s board Sept. 20. On Aug. 16, he reported the problems he had with sewer water backing up into his basement. He said he installed an elaborate set of ball valves and cutoffs to prevent the water from entering his house.

All his protection did not stop water from backing up during the rains Aug. 21 and 22. He said he used his Shop-Vac to remove the water and the mess and called in Servpro to clean his basement.

Coplay considers intersection fix

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough council deciding on best option for Second, Chestnut streets

With the Coplay-Northampton Bridge under construction, Coplay Borough decided to fix the intersection at Second and Chestnut streets. Township Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented his findings at the Coplay Borough Council meeting Sept. 11.

Council members had expressed their concerns about the intersection during several prior meetings. The goal, as Councilman Charles Sodl expressed it, is to make the borough’s busiest intersection as good as it can be.

Making it the best includes a good base.

CWSA reviews solar bid, Front St. work

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s regular meeting Aug. 16, the stage was set for a review of the bid for a solar array to power the Eberhart power station. The PennBid paperwork showed the lone bid from RER Energy at an expected $127,000, plus an additional $5,000 for ancillary work. The total bid should be $132,000, which was tabulated in one section of the bidding document.

The total bid price column showed a number closer to $300,000.

Grant for Second, Chestnut improvements extended

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council will decide on next steps after road base condition is determined

At Coplay council’s regular meeting Aug. 14, borough Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented an update on the road improvement at Second and Chestnut streets.

Council expressed its concern about the project because it is funded with an expiring Community Development Block Grant. Witczak confirmed the grant funds were extended to the end of the year.

The targeted intersection has always been a problem for the borough, but it is a busy intersection. With the bridge closed, the borough took action.

Weather delays beam delivery

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Truck convoy to Coplay side expected to take place soon

After the July 20 beam delivery for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge tied up traffic and fascinated onlookers, all kinds of questions are coming to the fore. Here are a few answers.

Is the project on schedule? The work is currently ahead of schedule, but it is far too early in the project to make a prediction.

There are thousands of open tasks lining the walls of the manager’s Gantt chart. The next major task is to get more beams over to the Coplay side of the bridge.