Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, June 24, 2019

CWSA promotes staff members

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its monthly meeting May 16, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority announced two promotions. Michael Melosky and Scott Stoisits were both promoted at the meeting.

Melosky will fill the position of operations manager vacated by the untimely passing of Jeff Gerhard. He is a 1983 graduate of Northampton High School. He is married with two children and two dogs. He did a stint at Valley Forge Military Academy with the idea of a football career at University of Pittsburgh, but it did not work out. He joined CWSA in 1987, starting in maintenance and moving to foreman in 2007.

WHS’ Jetter receives Eisenhower Award

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in School

Meredith Kester, a Whitehall High School counselor, spoke on behalf of Harrison Jetter, who was given the Eisenhower Award during an awards ceremony March 29.

Jetter was a WHS junior at the time of the event.

The Eisenhower Award is presented by West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley to a high school junior who exemplifies West Point’s tradition of leadership and excellence. The winner is selected by high school staff.

Jim Baldree presented the award on behalf of West Point Society.

“I thank my parents for their guidance,” Jetter said when accepting the award.

Borough, social club extend noise pact

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting June 11, Attorney Lisa Pereira notified council of Coplay Saengerbund’s request to continue operating under the borough’s noise ordinance.

Five years ago, Coplay went through an exaggerated process to explain the legal differences between noise defined by the Liquor Control Board and noise defined by the borough’s ordinance.

The discussion was prompted by noise claims from homeowners near the Saengerbund.

Coplay puts Quick Ticket plan in motion

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough police will ‘red tag’ location to warn property owner of violation

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting June 4, Councilman Charles Sodl detailed how the borough’s Quick Ticket program was designed to work. Sodl asked Ron Helman, the borough’s building code enforcement officer, to move the program forward during the May 14 regular meeting of council.

The borough has issued several tickets, following a standard procedure, and achieved outstanding results.

Lifeguards, manager hired for Coplay pool

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council approved hiring lifeguards and appointed Tiffany Benson as manager of Parkway Pool during its meeting May 14. Benson also serves as assistant secretary for the borough. She has worked out a schedule that allows her to perform both duties. The Bacon Strip will handle the pool concession stand.

Chris Gibbons was hired as financial adviser for the borough.

Coplay council teams up with Arc to assist disabled workers

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Kathleen Slane and Jesse Velarde stepped to the podium at Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session May 7 to discuss the Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) program.

“The program is designed to transition people with disabilities like autism and Down syndrome into the work force. We train them for specific tasks based on the needs that businesses have. These are good workers, and there are restrictions on what they can do, but they come to your municipality ready to work,” Slane said.

MALV holds open house at mosque

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley (MALV) held a well- attended open house April 27 at its mosque on Schadt Avenue. The event featured a litany of events surrounding Islam and the role of Muslims.

The open house is a semiannual event. Every guest was greeted by a tour guide.

The prayer room featured booths where interested visitors could ask questions about Islam and specifically certain tenets of the faith. The Five Pillars of Islam are the core beliefs and practices of Islam.

Coplay council to take longer look at Quik Tickets

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Ordinance put into effect last year, but few code violations reported since

At its workshop meeting May 7, Coplay Borough Council questioned the use of Quik Tickets for minor code violations. The borough passed an ordinance last year to allow authorized people in the borough to issue tickets. The purpose of the ticket is to add some enforcement to repeat code offenders without going to the magisterial district judge.

CWSA earns high marks at annual review

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Moment of silence held in memory of Jeff Gerhard, operations manager

Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority board members asked for a moment of silence during the April 18 meeting to pay tribute to the late Jeff Gerhard, the authority’s operations manager.

Gerhard had 40 years of service with CWSA and passed away suddenly earlier this month. He was instrumental in keeping the plant operating at peak efficiency, according to board members, who added his presence will be sorely missed.

Saylor Park project discontinued

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council makes final attempts to save plan but can’t overcome estimates

Coplay Borough Council took some last-minute actions over the past week to try and save the renovation plan proposed for Saylor Park. In the end, members made the decision April 9 to discontinue the project.

“We originally started with the idea that this was going to be a $500,000 project. We bid it out, and the number was closer to a million. We cut back the scope of the project and got a lot of help from local trade unions, but we were still around $800,000,” Councilman Charles Sodl said during the council meeting.