State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, called a town hall meeting at Whitehall High School Feb. 24 to highlight the increased levels of heroin addiction in the Lehigh Valley. Two hundred-plus interested residents attended.
A host of speakers presented brief speeches on their role in combating the epidemic of heroin abuse.
“Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no one in the county jail who is there because of his addiction,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. “Our goal is to get those with an addiction into a rehab facility.”
At the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) regular meeting Feb. 18, Chairman John Schreiner announced the EPA granted the authority an extension to comply with an EPA mandate to reduce rainwater infiltration.
All municipalities using the Allentown Waste Water Treatment Plant are under a mandate to reduce clear water infiltration.
At Coplay Borough Council’s meeting Jan. 12, Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer reported on the library’s fundraising efforts in 2015.
“We had a successful year and plan to continue to raise funds in 2016,” she said.
In 2015, the fundraising effort brought in $6,700. The May basket social at St. Peter’s Church was the biggest contributor, bringing in nearly $1,000. The book sales in April, October and November were big fundraisers as well.
Coplay Community Days activities contributed another $662.00.
Coplay Borough Council officially appointed Daniel Witczak of Acela Engineering Company as its borough engineer. The appointment was approved Jan. 12. Witczak took his appointment at the borough’s first meeting in February.
“We are a small engineering company and want to focus our resources on small municipalities,” Witczak said after the meeting.
Acela replaces Keystone Consulting Engineers, a firm that has been with the borough for a number of years.
Newly elected Councilman Mark Molitoris was instrumental in the selection.
Anticipating that Council Borough Council would appoint a new mayor at its Feb. 9 meeting, council took action at its workshop session Feb. 2 to clean up unfinished business, so the new mayor could have a clean slate.
Council President Louis Bodish made appointments to committee positions formerly held by Joseph Bundra. The safety committee, initially established by Bundra, was turned over to public works Director Paul Boyle. Council appointed George Prebula to an open position on the civil service commission.
In a unanimous decision, Coplay Borough Council appointed Dean Molitoris as mayor during its regular meeting Tuesday night. He will fill the remaining term of Joseph Bundra, who resigned the position at the beginning of the year.
“I want to thank all those who supported me and encouraged me to apply. I will work with council to make Coplay better,” Molitoris said.
Magisterial District Judge Robert Halal was on hand to swear in the new mayor.
Molitoris has served the borough in various capacities, working on borough committees and with Coplay Sports.
Coplay Borough Council interviewed mayoral candidates during its workshop meeting Feb. 2.
Mayor Joseph Bundra resigned as mayor in January, citing personal reasons for his departure. The borough immediately began a search for his replacement.
Borough Secretary Sandra Gyecsek said three candidates applied for the position: James Peluso, Kimberly Fitzpatrick and Dean Molitoris.
Coplay’s requirements for mayor are that the person be a resident of the borough for at least one year and be a registered voter.
At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting Jan. 12, Councilman Stephen Burker announced a deal with Coca-Cola to revive Sam Balliet Stadium and Ball Field.
According to Burker, Coca-Cola agreed to provide $10,000 to erect a full nine-inning scoreboard at the stadium. “It’s a great opportunity for Coplay and can revive the baseball field,” Burker said.
Coca-Cola officials were at the ball park Jan. 13 to look over the situation and set up a plan. The scoreboard will be set between two poles on the site across from stadium seating.
Members of Coplay’s Feral Cat Committee met at Sam Owens Restaurant Sunday to bid farewell to William Leiner Jr., who founded the organization and has served as its president. Leiner is stepping down because of time commitments with his elected position as a Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board member.
In his final report to the committee, Leiner covered some of the committee’s accomplishments in 2015.
At Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority’s first 2016 meeting, Jan. 21, Solicitor John Stover opened the session.
At this meeting, Stover conducted the election for officers in 2016. There were no recent changes to the board’s membership. The board re-elected John Schreiner as chairman and James Carpenter as vice chairman.
Michael D. Hobel was appointed treasurer; James Hahn was appointed secretary; and Joseph Marx was appointed community affairs and public relations officer.