At its regular meeting March 12, Coplay Borough Council announced changes in the way it approves key cards issued to sports teams and others who require access to the gymnasium in the borough’s municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
At its workshop session March 5, Coplay Borough Council heard from several of the magisterial district judge candidates who accepted an invitation to speak of their qualifications for the open seat serving the 31-1-07 Judicial District, which encompasses the borough and Whitehall Township.
All candidates present that night have passed the required certifications for the position.
Todd Heffelfinger has ties to Coplay. His father was a police officer in the borough.
The Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority board asked for an update on the solar project for the Eberhardt Road pumping station at its meeting Feb. 21. The board initially approved the project a year ago, but the selected contractor was unable to meet specifications.
On a recommendation from Darryl Jenkins, CWSA engineer, the board bid the project again and awarded the contract to the lone bidder. CWSA is anxious to get the project underway, and the bidder wants to meet with the board one last time.
Coplay police responded to a burglary Feb. 23 on South Third Street in the borough after a call that two masked, armed men entered a home and took cellphones, wallets and a game system.
According to police, officers responded just after 8 p.m. to a report of a home invasion robbery in the unit block of South Third Street. Police Chief Vincent Genovese said the victims reported two black males armed with handguns and wearing masks entered a playroom of the home and robbed nine individuals of their cellphones and wallets as well as stole a PlayStation 4 game system.
Joseph Bundra, vice president of the Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission, gave an annual report on the IRT during Coplay Borough Council’s meeting Feb. 12.
The borough, along with Whitehall and North Whitehall townships, provides funding for maintenance and improvements on the trail.
The rail trail is actively used. Pedestrian counters were installed at the trail head at Portland Street in North Whitehall and the Chestnut Street trail head in late 2017. Cyclist counters were added in May 2018.
With detailed planning underway for public sewer improvements along Summit and Prospect streets, Bud Newton, of Newton Engineering, presented Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority with a new concept at the authority’s regular meeting Jan. 17.
Newton represents developers who are interested in an age-qualified development on Mauch Chunk Road and Schadt Avenue. The proposed development is a town house subdivision near Fellowship Community. The new development is not served by CWSA, and the developer proposes tying into CWSA’s system at an end-of-the-line manhole on Schadt Avenue.
Coplay Police Chief Vincent Genovese presented details on the regional plan for hiring police officers during borough council’s workshop meeting Feb. 5.
Essentially, participating municipalities would have a call for officers on a regular basis. The consortium would do qualifying testing. Each municipality would have a custom list of requirements and conduct additional testing and background checks.
Municipalities can have unique lists of qualifications. For example, Coplay wants to only look at officers who are presently on duty in other municipalities.
Matt Hartman plunked down a good bit of change to purchase the long-vacant Log Cabin Tavern at 31 Second St., Coplay.
“We have a lot to do, and we need to get permits from Coplay and get more paperwork to the liquor control board for our license. We’re looking at at least a month before we want anyone to take a look inside,” he said.
Hartman grew up in Coplay, on Seventh Street. His brother owns Boxers Bar & Grill in Northampton, so he understands the business.
“We will make it a nice tavern, and we’ll have a few surprises for a tavern this size,” he said.
At Coplay Borough Council’s first regular meeting of the new year Jan. 15, Councilman Charles Sodl released details regarding the new police contract.
“We still have minor things that need to be approved,” he said.
If both sides could not have reached an agreement, the contract would have gone to arbitration. Council unanimously approved the contract to avoid the arbitration requirement.
The contract is for three years and gives officers a 3-percent raise each year. Life insurance for officers was increased.
At its first meeting of the new year, Jan. 8, Coplay Borough Council renewed contracts and approved appointments of staff personnel. In the public contact positions, Kimberly Bachman will continue directing the office staff. She was appointed to continue her positions as borough secretary and treasurer. The borough police chief will continue to be Vincent Genovese. Matthew Buskaritz will remain as fire chief, with Brandon Bechtel as assistant chief. Joseph Gill will remain as borough health inspector.