Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sewage issue continues at township home

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

CWSA says stormwater believed to be originating in South Whitehall

Adam Faisetty, of 1202 Woodlawn St., Whitehall, made a second appearance before Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s board Sept. 20. On Aug. 16, he reported the problems he had with sewer water backing up into his basement. He said he installed an elaborate set of ball valves and cutoffs to prevent the water from entering his house.

All his protection did not stop water from backing up during the rains Aug. 21 and 22. He said he used his Shop-Vac to remove the water and the mess and called in Servpro to clean his basement.

Coplay considers intersection fix

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough council deciding on best option for Second, Chestnut streets

With the Coplay-Northampton Bridge under construction, Coplay Borough decided to fix the intersection at Second and Chestnut streets. Township Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented his findings at the Coplay Borough Council meeting Sept. 11.

Council members had expressed their concerns about the intersection during several prior meetings. The goal, as Councilman Charles Sodl expressed it, is to make the borough’s busiest intersection as good as it can be.

Making it the best includes a good base.

CWSA reviews solar bid, Front St. work

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s regular meeting Aug. 16, the stage was set for a review of the bid for a solar array to power the Eberhart power station. The PennBid paperwork showed the lone bid from RER Energy at an expected $127,000, plus an additional $5,000 for ancillary work. The total bid should be $132,000, which was tabulated in one section of the bidding document.

The total bid price column showed a number closer to $300,000.

Grant for Second, Chestnut improvements extended

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council will decide on next steps after road base condition is determined

At Coplay council’s regular meeting Aug. 14, borough Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented an update on the road improvement at Second and Chestnut streets.

Council expressed its concern about the project because it is funded with an expiring Community Development Block Grant. Witczak confirmed the grant funds were extended to the end of the year.

The targeted intersection has always been a problem for the borough, but it is a busy intersection. With the bridge closed, the borough took action.

Weather delays beam delivery

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Truck convoy to Coplay side expected to take place soon

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.

Coplay receives grant for Project Lifesaver

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Program designed to help police get seniors with dementia home safely

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.

Zentz stepping down at Fellowship Community

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Leader discusses health care field, focus on doing ‘everything with excellence’

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.

Special delivery

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Trucks begin slow process of bringing bridge beams to Northampton, Coplay

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.

CWSA releasing solar project for bid

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Payback period for pumping station project expected to be 30-some years

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.