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CWSA completes Lehigh River Interceptor project

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

System allows remote access to data so problems can be detected faster

At Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority’s (CWSA) regular monthly meeting Sept. 15, Darryl Jenkins, CWSA’s engineer, reported the Lehigh River Interceptor project is complete.

“There are a few minor items that need to be done, but the building looks good,” he said.

Board member Joseph Marx reiterated the comment.

Marx toured the facility earlier in the week.

“Everything is on line, and we are receiving reports,” he said.

Coplay will keep curfew in place

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

No opposition from council members a year after initiative is put in place

Last year, Coplay Borough adopted a curfew for teens 17 and under. The curfew was opposed by then-Mayor Joseph Bundra and former Councilman William Leiner Jr. Bundra resigned when the curfew was implemented. When the curfew was made permanent at council’s meeting Sept. 13, there was no opposition.

“We think what we have done with the curfew has served the borough well, and we want to keep it,” said Councilman Stephen Burker before the meeting.

Recycling in Coplay

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Former councilman says increased efforts could bring greater benefits to borough

Frank Dickman contacted The Press when he saw a recent article on Coplay’s latest effort to increase the amount of recycling.

“When I was elected to council in 2004, I attended an event in Harrisburg on recycling. I was surprised and proud to see that Coplay was the first community to initiate a recycling program and was instrumental in getting the program adopted statewide,” he said.

CWSA surprised by Front St. project bid

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The lowest bidder for Coplay’s Front Street project was a surprise to the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board.

At its session Aug. 18, the board announced the lowest bidder as Ankiewicz Enterprises Inc. The winning bid of $273,440 was well below the estimated cost of $370,000.

The bid was handled by PennBid, a computerized system that allowed board members to look at a comparison of line items submitted for each bidder. The biggest savings for Ankiewicz was in the material cost for the pipe.

Coplay to take action against property owner

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Decision is made after violations not corrected

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting Aug. 9, Solicitor Lisa Pereira asked for an executive session to discuss litigation. The borough decided to take action against the property owner of 130 S. Ninth St. The property was cited for sanitary violations, and the owner appeared before council on several occasions asking for time to get the house in order.

Council presented several options to the homeowner. After the last failure to take positive action, council agreed to move forward with legal action.

Coplay officers lauded for work in burglary arrest

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Coplay Borough Council workshop Tuesday night, Police Chief Vincent Genovese and Mayor Dean Molitoris gave police officers Kurt Shumberger and Ryan Emerick letters of commendation for their recent efforts in capturing a serial burglar in the borough.

According to Genovese, Shumberger saw a car reported as stolen in a neighboring municipality parked in Coplay. The driver had taken to the streets. When Emerick heard the radio report, he found the suspect.

“This is the kind of dedication we know exists on our police force,” Genovese said.

CWSA may get grant for Front St. project

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

In an abbreviated session June 16, the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board announced it has tentative approval for a grant to rework the sewer on Front Street in Coplay.

“The correspondence we have says that a [Community Development Block Grant] grant will be awarded for rebuilding the sewer line. This is not the actual award. That will be announced at a later date,” Chairman John Schreiner said.

The controversial project has been in the offing for some time. Coplay is in the process of improving Front Street and invested funds to complete the north end of the street.

Council questioned on pavilion fee

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Scout troop granted free use; performing arts group gets reduced rate

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting June 14, council members decided to allow Cub Scout Pack 32 free use of the pavilion for the group’s Rain Gutter Regatta Aug. 18.

Council granted StarCross Youth Performing Arts use of the pavilion for a reduced rate of $80 for an event Sept. 17.

Anne Killeen objected to the standards imposed by council.

Coplay discusses honoring contributions by residents

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay’s workshop session June 7, Councilman Steve Burker asked council to consider recognizing residents past and present for contributions made to the borough.

“I’m not really thinking of this as a Hall of Fame, but more something that honors residents who made a contribution. More like a Pride of Coplay,” he said.

Council agreed with the suggestion.

Councilman Charles Sodl pointed out that a recognition ceremony would work nicely with the borough’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration.