At its meeting July 7, Coplay Borough Council had a lively discussion on fireworks. The meeting was held in the gymnasium at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St., with council members on the stage and those in attendance in the bleacher seats.
Coplay, like neighboring Catasauqua and many other small communities, reported an overwhelming surge of fireworks activity by residents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
In 2017, the state passed the fireworks law to allow the legal buying of fireworks in Pennsylvania.
Coplay Borough Council held a special meeting June 22 to handle a special ordinance regarding the refinance of a short-term debt obligation.
Council members reviewed a package that would allow the borough to borrow $3.9 million. The new debt obligation pays off the borough’s existing $1.9 million debt and reserves $2 million for a new public works building.
The interest rate on the new note is favorable, but no detailed amortization of the note was released.
At its regular meeting June 9, Coplay Borough Council reaffirmed its vote to proceed with borrowing $3.9 million. The loan amount covers repaying a short-term borrowing of $1.9 million and providing $2 million for building a new public works garage.
According to council President Louis Bodish, there is some potential for savings with options presented in the original construction plan. Councilman Charles Sodl questioned if the project could get under the target number, since the project bids exceeded $2 million by nearly $300,000.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting June 2, Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer introduced the borough’s terms for a new municipal bond, required to retire a prior short-term borrowing of $1.9 million.
The new loan is a long-term bond that will be issued by Neffs National Bank. The interest is 1.9 percent; the rate can be adjusted to a higher rate based on market condition. The lower interest rate will mean a lower monthly payment than the borough originally planned.
At its regular meeting May 12, Coplay Borough Council agreed, after some discussion, to keep the municipal pool closed for the summer season.
The overriding consideration, per council members, was the county’s continued stay-at-home order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Even when restrictions are lifted at some future date, the rules of maintaining social distancing to help ensure residents’ safety are cumbersome and often changing.
During its initial deliberation, council set a requirement that the borough would not allow anyone in the pool from outside Coplay.
The owner of a Whitehall tattoo parlor made the decision last week to open his shop May 16, despite the continued shutdown of nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jesse Probus, owner of Sick Ink LLC, on Schadt Avenue, believed, by staying closed, he was risking the collapse of his life’s work. He acknowledged there is a hazard for some people, but he does not believe he needs to be destroyed financially.
Chairman John Schreiner indicated Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority was holding monthly meetings in private sessions.
According to Schreiner, the meetings are conducted to handle routine administrative matters.
“All of our capital improvement projects are on hold,” Schreiner said.
The staff continues to monitor the distribution system and covers the workload on a rotating basis while keeping each employee safe.
Coplay Borough Council, at its May 5 remote workshop meeting, moved forward with a resolution to send out bids for a new public works building on borough property at 1 Bridge St.
There is some reluctance on moving forward now during a period of uncertainty, but the need for a new building has not diminished. Two years ago, council wanted to build a new municipal building. The costs came in higher than anticipated, and the project was dropped.
At Coplay Borough Council’s first session since the quarantine began, council members discussed Parkway Pool — specifically whether to open it at all for the season.
Councilman Stephen Burker led the May 5 meeting discussion on opening the pool. He expressed his concern that restrictions, resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, are still in place and could prevent the pool from operating.
“We don’t have anything definite on when the pool will be able to reopen,” Burker said.
Danielle Tenconi sent a note to St. Luke’s University Hospital saying it would receive a shipment of supplies for first responders.
St. Luke’s accepted the delivery April 17 — 20,000 pounds of goods.
Tenconi is the director of communications for West Coast-based Operation Gratitude.
“We are a national nonprofit, and we started a new project, Coalition to Support COVID-19 Frontline Responders. So far, we have raised $1.5 million in financial support and $5 million in product donations,” she said.