At the July 10 meeting of Coplay Borough Council, Councilmen Stephen Burker and Charles Sodl updated council on a July 9 meeting in Wind Gap about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, PCB, recently found in the Coplay Aggregates quarry.
“The three-hour session was informative,” Sodl said. “We heard a lot from people that live near the quarry and the impact these problems have on their lives.”
The quarry is located at 5001 W. Coplay Road, Whitehall Township.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session July 3, Fire Chief Matthew Buskaritz gave an update on the borough’s new firetruck.
“The truck went into production this week, and we are expecting it to be ready for the first week of October. Everything was looking good, and we completed all of our decisions. We will go up and see the truck in production as it progresses through the process,” he said.
The state-of-the-art firetruck is being built at the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Engineer Darryl Jenkins gave a report on a proposed solar power project at the authority’s regular meeting June 21.
Last year, the board received a proposal for a solar panel project, but the supplier was unable to meet the board’s requirements for an American-made panel. The supplier ultimately went out of business.
Jenkins used his contacts at RER Energy to resurrect the proposal. The Reading-based company has a good reputation and produced a proposal that would offset 60 percent of the power consumption at the pump station.
Elizabeth Gehring, a lively centenarian, celebrated her milestone event with 200 of her friends at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.
Elizabeth first came to everyone’s attention when her fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures.
To celebrate, Elizabeth had every guest bring nonperishables for Whitehall Food Bank. Shari Noctor, who chairs Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, was impressed with the haul. The donation table was filled to overflowing and had to be emptied several times.
As expected, Coplay Borough Council approved a new apartment complex at its meeting June 12.
The project is sponsored by DVS Enterprises and consists of multiple apartment buildings near the Ironton Rail Trail and the new Saylor Park. The new project mimics a similar-styled project across the street.
Council’s main concerns were with stormwater runoff. Ultimately, council agreed the protections and safeguards offered by the developer were adequate.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting June 11, the board adopted the 2018-19 budget. The new budget is $70,386,888 and is an increase of 4.05 percent from the previous year.
The budget increases taxes by 0.6181 mill, bringing the total property tax rate for school taxes to 17.2108 mills. The increase is 3.73 percent and will cost the average homeowner an additional $106.53 annually.
The school budget has a provision that any savings during the year in excess of 7.5 percent is used to fund teacher pension commitments.
At its workshop meeting June 5, Coplay Borough Council reviewed revisions to a proposal by DVS Enterprises for an apartment complex along the Ironton Rail Trail and across from an existing complex on Coplay Road and gave tentative approval.
Because the development is so close to the IRT, council expressed concern over a concrete bulkhead on the property and maintenance problems it may cause. A survey showed the bulkhead is borough property, but council was assured that DVS would make every effort to ensure the swale in the area would be properly maintained.
Plant Manager David Harleman outlined the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s 2018 program for relining sewer mains and manholes.
The contract to rework sewer mains was let to Insiteform, which will reline 2,000 feet of sewer main lines.
“In the past, we did a lot of relining to reduce inflow and infiltration as part of the EPA mandate. This project is a little different,” he said. “These lines are being redone because they are older lines that are structurally failing.”
Relining the sewer mains will postpone the need to dig up the lines and replace them.
Coplay Borough is assessing a bid from Land-Tech Enterprises Inc. for work on Saylor Park. The bid — $827,000-plus — is in line with expectations.
Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak will review the application and ensure it meets specifications.
The competing bid was more than $1,000,000.
At Coplay Borough Council’s meeting May 1, Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer acknowledged receipt of a $25,000 grant from the Trexler Foundation.
“Trexler has been good to Coplay. The only stipulation we have on the grant is to spend it on Saylor Park. They want a report to show how the money was spent by the end of November,” she said.
Trexler also gave $1,800 to the library. Those funds will be used for a new computer.
Eisenhauer announced the borough signed a contract with Paychex to do payroll.