Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Municipal mandate: Coplay Borough

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.”

Council hears plan for cellular antennae upgrades

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

CWSA taking another look at solar plan

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Engineering consultant working on new design for Eberhart Road project

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.

Chick-fil-A hosts family night event

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Coplay resident struggles after 2019 house fire

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Killeen reviewing options for next step with property

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.

2019 statistics show crime down in borough

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay police chief says top incidents were burglaries, larceny, vandalism

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.

CWSA reorganizes for 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Coplay council makes 2020 committee assignments

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.