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.
Work has begun on Coplay Borough's Community Plaza.
A team from Lowe's brought supplies to the area Monday and immediately got to work on prepping the soil and planting shrubs and flowers.
According to Councilman Stephen Burker, "[The borough] applied for a project from Lowe's to improve a parcel dedicated to Community Plaza. They are supplying the labor and materials to get the project done."
About a year ago, the borough began negotiations with Giant Foods for the triangular patch of ground next to the market. Giant donated the land.
Although much of Coplay Borough Council's workshop meeting July 7 centered around the excellent job done by the public works department in cleaning up the mess from the summer storm June 30, Bill Wiessner, a Coplay resident, addressed council about its announcement to purchase land formerly owned by General Supply Company.
In response to Wiessner's question on the feasibility of the purchase, Council President Louis Bodish said the sale was not complete.
Coplay Borough Council received more input on how the street cleaning operation has been handled in the borough at the June 9 meeting.
In prior meetings, Council President Louis Bodish explained the problems with the annual street cleaning and issues encountered by the public works department.
Richard Hamscher took the podium to explain the deeper problem.
The basis of the complaint was a ticket Hamscher received.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County's director of general services, visited Coplay with a host of supporters to talk about the Saylor Cement Kilns.
The June 17 meeting was a continuation of an earlier meeting where Molchany indicated the county was interested in coordinating efforts to get the kilns recognized and preserved as a historical artifact.
Molchany introduced Frank Matero to the gathering. Matero is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in preserving and restoring industrial artifacts with an emphasis on brickmaking and cement facilities.
Several meetings ago, the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority looked at reworking a flow metering pit along the Lehigh River.
"We looked at redoing it because we were getting readings that didn't make a lot of sense," said Darryl Jenkins, CWSA's consulting engineer.
At CWSA's June 18 meeting, Jenkins presented a more detailed report.
"We did preliminary excavations and found that some pipes shifted about an inch and a half," he said.
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.