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.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting March 1, Bruce Confer and Wendy Madouse, who live on South Ruch Street in Stiles, Whitehall Township, voiced complaints over flooding on their property.
“This has been an ongoing problem for years … decades. Every major rainstorm we get a wall of water that destroys our backyard and landscaping … it’s like a tidal wave,” Confer said.
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.