Coplay Borough Council met in several executive sessions prior to its latest meeting to debate the purchase of real estate.
After the June 9 meeting, Councilman Stephen Burker announced that the council agreed to purchase the former General Supply Company site at 1 Bridge St. The price was quoted at $215,000.
A Community Reinvestment and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) had considered the long-vacant site for tax abatement, but funds were not allocated to Coplay for the program by the state.
At Coplay's workshop meeting on June 2, Council President Louis Bodish reported on the delays the borough encountered getting local streets swept.
The annual sweep normally takes a couple of days but was extended this year when the borough decided to use a different contractor.
"This year we asked North Catasauqua to help us out," Bodish said. "They would supply the equipment and the manpower at a lower rate than our regular contractor."
A series of snafus caused delays, and the borough ultimately finished the job with Martin's Power Sweeping Inc., Nazareth.
Mayor Joseph Bundra and Councilman William Leiner Jr. expressed their disappointment that more residents did not show up for the briefing on the plan to save the Coplay kilns May 5.
"This is just phase one of the project. And we need to move on to phase two," said Bundra in his mayor's report on May 12.
Leiner echoed the sentiment in his remarks. Leiner and Bundra have been working behind the scenes with the county and Whitehall Township on the significance of the project.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority's annual report is released every April. Principals from various outside agencies submit their reports to the board and evaluate the overall performance of the authority. All of the companies involved in the review have a long association with CWSA, but they are required to ensure that the authority adheres to regulations and rules that govern daily operations.
John Barry, partner with Brown and Brown Insurance, addressed insurance needs and future concerns. Barry considers the authority's assets adequately insured.
The Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority is in the midst of preparing for its annual audit and review, set for April 16.
"This is a regularly scheduled review and everyone that reviews our operations will make a presentation," authority Chair John Schreiner said at the March 19 meeting.
Scheduled reports will be conducted by the auditor, legal counsel and engineering. This is a closely watched report and the first full year since CWSA worked with Lehigh County Authority (LCA). The LCA won a lease contract for Allentown's wastewater treatment plant.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority General Manager David Harleman presented the board at its Jan. 15 meeting with an appeal from big-box retailer JC Penny.
The retailer is widely reported to be in financial jeopardy and looking for ways to cut costs. The latest method appears to be borrowed from the spirits industry.
Those who consume wine know that wine aging in wine barrels loses some of its volume to evaporation. The term is commonly referred to as the angels' share. The losses amount to 30,000 gallons a year at some larger wineries.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority has officially approved its 2015 budget.
"The 2015 budget holds the line on revenue increases for our ratepayers," Chairman John Schreiner said at the Dec. 18 meeting.
Capital improvements slated for completion in 2015 include upgrades to the Lehigh River meter station at a cost of $210,000. Changes at the station include a new flume, building improvements and new, remotely accessible meters. The improvements are deemed necessary to monitor system flows.
Ellen Binder of Catasauqua died on Dec. 4 at St Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem Campus, following injuries she received in an automobile accident near the intersection of Bridge Street and Second streets in Catasauqua.
According to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office, Binder was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m.
Coroner Scott Grim ruled the manner of death to be accidental and said it was due to multiple traumatic injuries.
According to the Catasauqua Police Department, the accident is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.
The Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority has released its 2015 preliminary budget.
"We were able to hold the line on costs and become more productive," Chairman John Schreiner reported at the Nov. 20 meeting. "We are able to present a budget with no increase in rates."
Part of the reason for holding the line on expenses is the board's drive to comply with local and federal mandates while keeping maintenance procedures current.
"For next year we are going to concentrate on repairing the brick manholes that we have in the system," Schreiner said.
The Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority spent millions of ratepayer dollars upgrading its sewer system as required under an Environmental Protection Agency mandate.
At its Oct. 16 meeting, the authority's Engineer Darryl Jenkins presented a draft report detailing the effects of the two major projects: the Jordan Creek Interceptor and the recently completed Coplay Creek Interceptor.
Significant data is available for the Jordan Creek project completed in 2009. The data for Coplay Creek covers a year's worth of information.