At its Feb. 13 meeting, Coplay council made a unanimous decision to appoint KCBA Architects to complete a feasibility study for a borough municipal complex at 1 Bridge St.
The cost for the study was set at $7,000.
“We need to get this rolling, so we have an idea of the cost for a new building. We can compare that to what we would need to do to update our existing municipal building and have it meet our needs,” Councilman Charles Sodl said.
At Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners regular meeting Feb. 12, township Solicitor Charles Fonzone temporarily delayed an application for a conditional use permit submitted by DVS Enterprises Inc.
DVS Enterprises Inc. has a plan to develop 48 residential apartments in six buildings at 250 N. Second St. in Coplay. A portion of the property, less than 10 percent of the total, is in Whitehall. Attorney Trisha Majumdar represented DVS in the application.
The plan was approved by Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township planning commissions.
Annually, Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough get together to present a State of the Region luncheon where political leaders outline their plans for the future and report on the year’s accomplishments. The annual event is sponsored by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and was held Feb. 8 this year.
Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. bid farewell to the township he has served over the past 10 years during the Feb. 12 meeting of the board of commissioners. He moves on to be the second in command at the county level, serving with Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, who had served as president of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.
In his final remarks, Hozza noted Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers will assume duties as acting mayor. The commissioners have 45 days to appoint a new mayor.
Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker announced Feb. 8 that the borough plans to have a community parade for Penn State football star Saquon Barkley.
“He has been someone this community has followed throughout his football career,” he said.
The parade date is set for March 24.
“We set the date after numerous discussions with Saquon’s mother, Tanya,” Burker said. “It is something that the borough wanted to do, and the Barkleys were humbled by our request.”
Coplay Councilman Stephen Burker has announced that the borough plans to have a community parade for Penn State football star and Whitehall High School alum Saquon Barkley.
“[Barkley] has been someone this community has followed throughout his football career,” Burker said.
The date is set for March 24.
“We have not worked out all the details,” Burker said. “Security considerations are being worked out. We will have some great speakers. Saquon and his family support the parade.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 6, Councilman Charles Sodl summarized a series of committee meetings that selected an architect to look at a new borough hall.
“We can’t make any reasonable decisions going forward until we at least look at all of our options,” he said. “We are looking for a feasibility study to get a firm estimate on what it would cost for a new borough building that would house police, public works and administration.
“One of the things that made me choose coming to Fellowship Community was the woodworking shop,” said Gordon Baker, a resident in the independent living area of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, and a retired engineer with Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Baker has always been active and did not want to just sit around all day in his golden years watching television. During his younger days, he was a race official with Sports Car Clubs of America.
“I was supervising the pits,” he said.
At its first meeting of 2018, Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority Solicitor John Stover took control of the meeting for the appointment of officers for the new year. The appointments are John Schreiner, chairman; Jim Hahn, vice chairman; Joseph Bonshak, treasurer; Paul Geissinger, secretary; Joseph Marx, community affairs officer; and Paul Boyle, assistant treasurer.
The death of James Carpenter left an opening on the board. (See related story at right.) The position would normally be filled by Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.
CWSA Chairman John Schreiner took a moment out of the regular board meeting Jan. 16 to pay tribute to board member James Carpenter. Carpenter succumbed to his fight with cancer Jan. 7.
He was a 1961 graduate of Dieruff High School. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Rosalie (Mazziotta).
Carpenter retired in 2016 from Multi-Tech Construction, a company he owned and operated for 28 years. He continued to use his organizational and leadership skills to the fullest when he was appointed to the CWSA board six years ago. He served as vice chairman of the board.