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.
At council’s workshop meeting Aug. 7, Police Chief Vincent Genovese announced Coplay Borough had received a grant for Project Lifesaver. The program is designed to help local law enforcement track seniors who are impaired with dementia and prone to wander.
“Law enforcement identifies people to be a part of the program. They receive a bracelet that emits a specific frequency. We can track the frequency if they wander away from their home,” he said.
The department encourages families caring for seniors with dementia to register with the police department.
After spending 60-plus years in the health care industry, Robert Zentz, president and CEO of Fellowship Community in Whitehall, is stepping down from his post.
Zentz is experiencing recurring health problems.
“I’m having a lot of complications,” he said.
Zentz put into play the company’s succession plan, and the board of directors of Bible Fellowship Church Homes Inc. announced July 26 that Robert Erland, chairman of the board of directors, will take over as interim president/CEO effective Aug. 6.
Drivers woke up early in the morning July 20 in Pottsville as Northeast Precast had 121-foot beams loaded onto special trailers for their trip to Northampton.
The scheduled arrival was 10:30 a.m., but the crew got delayed in Hamburg while state police checked the drivers’ credentials.
Ryan — “It’s just Ryan,” he said when he parked the beam in front of the crane — took the first truck. The course was down Route 61, across the 78 Interstate to Airport Road.
At the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) regular board meeting July 19, Engineer Darryl Jenkins reported the solar project is ready for bid. He expects bid results back in time for the August meeting.
The board proposed looking into solar as a way to supplement power to its pumping stations over a year ago. Strict requirements were set that the products used needed to be American made.
At the July 10 meeting of Coplay Borough Council, Councilmen Stephen Burker and Charles Sodl updated council on a July 9 meeting in Wind Gap about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, PCB, recently found in the Coplay Aggregates quarry.
“The three-hour session was informative,” Sodl said. “We heard a lot from people that live near the quarry and the impact these problems have on their lives.”
The quarry is located at 5001 W. Coplay Road, Whitehall Township.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session July 3, Fire Chief Matthew Buskaritz gave an update on the borough’s new firetruck.
“The truck went into production this week, and we are expecting it to be ready for the first week of October. Everything was looking good, and we completed all of our decisions. We will go up and see the truck in production as it progresses through the process,” he said.
The state-of-the-art firetruck is being built at the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Engineer Darryl Jenkins gave a report on a proposed solar power project at the authority’s regular meeting June 21.
Last year, the board received a proposal for a solar panel project, but the supplier was unable to meet the board’s requirements for an American-made panel. The supplier ultimately went out of business.
Jenkins used his contacts at RER Energy to resurrect the proposal. The Reading-based company has a good reputation and produced a proposal that would offset 60 percent of the power consumption at the pump station.
Elizabeth Gehring, a lively centenarian, celebrated her milestone event with 200 of her friends at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.
Elizabeth first came to everyone’s attention when her fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures.
To celebrate, Elizabeth had every guest bring nonperishables for Whitehall Food Bank. Shari Noctor, who chairs Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, was impressed with the haul. The donation table was filled to overflowing and had to be emptied several times.
As expected, Coplay Borough Council approved a new apartment complex at its meeting June 12.
The project is sponsored by DVS Enterprises and consists of multiple apartment buildings near the Ironton Rail Trail and the new Saylor Park. The new project mimics a similar-styled project across the street.
Council’s main concerns were with stormwater runoff. Ultimately, council agreed the protections and safeguards offered by the developer were adequate.