Officials to address on-lot septic systems Commissioners, CWSA to continue meetings to resolve sewer plan issues
Lee Rackus, Whitehall Township’s bureau chief for planning, zoning and development, headed up a meeting with Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority and Whitehall commissioners April 27. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss revamping the township’s 537 Sewer Plan. The groups met last year to discuss extending public sewer to the northern tier of the township. At the prior meeting, the economic costs did not justify extending the system.
Karen Shields, of 130 S. Ninth St., Coplay, addressed council on the continuing problems with her property.
Shields’ house was cited for unsanitary conditions and problems by the borough’s building code officer, Ronald Helman. The original complaint dates back more than two years.
Her appeal on May 3 was slightly different. In her last meeting with council, Shields agreed to get her place back to a livable condition in 60 days. Council gave her 90 days.
Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) Chairman John Schreiner said the authority’s annual review meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 19.
This year, the meeting was delayed one month while data was being compiled. The annual meeting is a comprehensive review of administrative, engineering and legal issues facing the authority. Each speaker will review the past year’s performance, make recommendations based on their audits and evaluate the authority’s performance in relation to other municipal entities across the state.
At the April 12 meeting of Coplay Borough Council, Karen Shields, of 130 S. Ninth St., approached council to explain her plan to get her house back in shape.
Shields was cited for property maintenance violations more than three years ago. She had to vacate the house because it was declared uninhabitable by the borough’s code enforcement officer, Ronald Helman. Shields houses cats she is nursing back to health or sheltering. Local ordinances restrict the number of cats to five per household. Shields house-harbored an estimated 50.
Councilmen Stephen Burker and Charles Sodl introduced plans for improvements to Saylor Park at Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting April 12.
“We are asking for a grant to get this project funded,” Burker said. “It is a shared grant, and we will need to supply half of the funding.”
Coplay’s last application for funding was rejected.
“I learned a lot from that process,” Burker said. “We made corrections that we needed, and I am confident that we will get the grant funding. Our state reps said they would support our application.”
Coplay Council President Louis Bodish wants the borough to look at improving its recycling rate.
“We only have 21 percent of residents involved in the program,” he said at council’s workshop meeting April 5.
As Councilman Charles Sodl pointed out, only one in five residents recycles waste products.
“Almost everything put out in the regular pickup can be recycled,” Sodl said. “Just getting four residents out of 10 to participate will save us around $10,000 a year.”
Bodish supported the claim.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session April 5, Police Chief Vincent Genovese introduced council to RADAR, a technology enhancement designed to slow down traffic.
“This is not one of those ticket cameras. We don’t set up speed traps in the borough,” he said.
What was introduced is a computer-aided display that is proven to reduce speeding, according to its manufacturer.
“It is sort of a poor man’s version of the speed trailers,” said Genovese.
At its regular meeting March 17, members of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board met in executive session to discuss possible litigation matters. Earlier in the week, Lehigh County Authority (LCA) notified the City of Allentown that it was challenging lease terms for the Allentown wastewater treatment plant. LCA cited revenue projections as one area understated.
Two years ago, Allentown leased its water and sewer facility to LCA in exchange for a one-time payment to reduce municipal debt.
At its regular meeting March 8, Coplay Borough Council unanimously approved a lease between Balliet Stadium and Coplay Legion Baseball.
“The lease is for 10 years,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.
The borough and its sports teams are in negotiations with Coca-Cola. The soft drink giant offered money for a new scoreboard and other updates to Balliet Stadium. The move is expected to bring top-level sports entertainment back to the stadium. The condition on the agreement is that only Coca-Cola products can be sold at Balliet Stadium.
Catasauqua business owner David Molony officially announced his candidacy for representative of the 133rd Legislative District at a Feb. 23 kickoff meeting. During the meeting with his campaign supporters, Molony, a nationally recognized acupuncture specialist and Chinese medicine practitioner, gave a short speech outlining his agenda.