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.
With the abrupt resignation of Mayor Joseph Bundra, Coplay Borough Council is tasked with appointing a replacement to fill out Bundra’s remaining term of office. At its regular meeting Jan. 12, council addressed the process.
About 40 pet-friendly protesters crammed into Coplay Borough Council chambers Jan. 12 to address council on a police hiring. Officer Leighton Pursell is on the borough civil service commission’s list of officers qualified for an open position on the Coplay police force. Pursell is being questioned for an action he took against a cat.
Coplay Borough Council moved to appoint the Rev. Gary Walbert to the Coplay Library Board at its Aug. 11 meeting.
Walbert transferred from his Catasauqua parish to Coplay. He has experience working with Catasauqua's library, and his past experience will help move Coplay's library board as it continues to attract a broader clientele.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of 500 twenty-gallon recycling containers.
The Whitehall-Coplay School Board put the wraps on its final hiring and policy decisions at its last meeting before the start of school.
The final hires included Angelica DeLucia at Gockley Elementary School and Rachel Sculley at Zephyr Elementary School.
Sculley was introduced to the board and answered questions after the meeting.
Salaried substitutes included Michael Matyus, high school math; Ashley Koren, Steckel Elementary; Christine Nemeth, Steckel; and Brenda Baxter, Steckel. Paraprofessionals, support staff and maintenance were hired to fill vacancies.
General Manager David Harleman reported that the project to reline aging manholes in the sewer system is under way during the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority's July 16 meeting.
"So far, we have completed 121 manholes," he said.
Harleman showed pictures of manholes repaired using a spray-on epoxy mixture.
The project is part of CWSA's program to reduce clear water infiltration into the sewer system.