Coplay Borough Council heard an update March 13 on the planned improvements to Saylor Park.
According to David Witczak, borough engineer, “We are putting in place pre-purchase of some of the equipment.”
The pre-purchased equipment includes bleachers, basketball backboards, etc. The theory behind these purchases is that the equipment can be installed shortly after the infrastructure is completed. Completion times are compressed with equipment purchased and pre-positioned.
During the March 15 meeting of Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, Don Steffy, of Nuss Enterprises, asked for an exception to accommodate a single-family home on Quarry Road in Egypt.
Steffy said he has an offer for a land parcel along Quarry Road that was considered marginal for development. The potential owner wants to use the parcel for a single home, although there is potentially room for more than one home. There is a PPL easement across the property and a cordoned-off, abandoned mine shaft at the rear of the parcel.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting March 6, councilpersons discussed the Saylor Park groundbreaking that is scheduled for April. Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer is working to get financing in place. According to Eisenhauer, there was a problem with the commitment letter the bank needed to secure financing. She is working to get the details resolved.
Earlier this year, the borough worked out an arrangement where it paid off its existing loan and secured a new loan with a higher face value to provide matching funds the borough needs for Saylor Park improvements.
At Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s (CWSA) regular meeting Feb. 15, Eagle View Estates dominated the discussion on new projects in 2018. The project had cleared a hurdle, receiving conditional use approval from Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Feb. 12.
The developer envisions 38 townhouses on the approximately 11-acre parcel.
LoriAnn Fehnel took her turn at the podium during the Feb. 12 meeting of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners. At the meeting, Fehnel had a video of a potential burglar who cut at least two of her cameras down before taking off.
“There is always activity in the alleyway. The same people are now trying to break into our houses,” she alleged.
Fehnel’s video shows the suspect leaving the property. A neighbor has the suspect on video heading up Second Street.
Commissioners reviewed the video at the meeting, and the police will review it.
Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.
Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.
At its Feb. 13 meeting, Coplay council made a unanimous decision to appoint KCBA Architects to complete a feasibility study for a borough municipal complex at 1 Bridge St.
The cost for the study was set at $7,000.
“We need to get this rolling, so we have an idea of the cost for a new building. We can compare that to what we would need to do to update our existing municipal building and have it meet our needs,” Councilman Charles Sodl said.
At Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners regular meeting Feb. 12, township Solicitor Charles Fonzone temporarily delayed an application for a conditional use permit submitted by DVS Enterprises Inc.
DVS Enterprises Inc. has a plan to develop 48 residential apartments in six buildings at 250 N. Second St. in Coplay. A portion of the property, less than 10 percent of the total, is in Whitehall. Attorney Trisha Majumdar represented DVS in the application.
The plan was approved by Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township planning commissions.
Annually, Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough get together to present a State of the Region luncheon where political leaders outline their plans for the future and report on the year’s accomplishments. The annual event is sponsored by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and was held Feb. 8 this year.
Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. bid farewell to the township he has served over the past 10 years during the Feb. 12 meeting of the board of commissioners. He moves on to be the second in command at the county level, serving with Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, who had served as president of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.
In his final remarks, Hozza noted Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers will assume duties as acting mayor. The commissioners have 45 days to appoint a new mayor.