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.
At the board’s meeting Oct. 17, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner announced the solar project for the Eberhart Road pumping station has been canceled.
The project started out with great anticipation and a projected 20-year payback. It was billed as an environmentally friendly solution to aid in reducing harmful gas.
It has since encountered design issues, questions on projected energy that would be produced and foundation problems.
“When we did the analysis with all the data and the costs, there is not a payback ever,” Schreiner said.
One of the popular food trucks that gets invited to Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, is Buck’s BBQ.
“We always get good reviews when we invite them to set up,” said Annette Pompa, co-owner of the business.
Buck’s returned the compliment by holding a wing-eating contest Sept. 28.
“They have some pretty big wings,” said second-place finisher Jarred Barno.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Vice President and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 member Philip Ginder and Joseph Bundra, with Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission, coordinated a day trip Sept. 26 for service members residing at Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
“We have been doing this for years, but when the bridge construction was underway, we had to stop. Now things are open again for us,” Ginder said.
The VFW wants to resume these day trips on a regular basis.
On Sept. 19, executives of Lehigh and Northampton counties gave a combined presentation on the state of the counties. The event was sponsored by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County executive, talked at length about the new voter ballot system, adding it was secure and offered a paper trail for voting. Some of the costs will be offset by state grants.
At its workshop meeting Oct. 1, Coplay Borough Council announced it is doing some tentative planning for an old-fashioned Christmas at Community Plaza.
“We want to have a celebration that is put on by the Community Days committee. Maybe we can spur the same kind of interest that we have for our summer festival,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.
The tentative date is Nov. 22, the unofficial start of the shopping season.
In other business, residents came to the meeting to address some neighborhood disputes.
To help celebrate the borough’s 150th anniversary, Coplay put on a pub crawl Sept. 21 as an end-of-summer event. “Crawlers” moved from one location to another.
“We had a good turnout for the event,” said Councilman Stephen Burker, who coordinated the effort. “It was successful enough that we plan on keeping it for next year, too.”
Participants paid a $10 entry fee that entitled them to special drink pricing, food and prizes at specially noted restaurants and bars.
A four-car pileup occurred approximately 11 a.m. Sept. 21 near the entrance to the Airport Center strip mall on Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
One driver and three passengers, two of whom are juveniles, were reported to have injuries and were transported to local hospitals by Northampton Regional EMS and Cetronia Ambulance Corps.
Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, and Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Department were quickly on the scene.
The investigation is continuing.