Jessica O’Donnell, of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, spoke to members of Coplay Borough Council Jan. 9 about the advantages of teaming with the Chamber.
According to O’Donnell, the Chamber is making an outreach program available to smaller communities to promote local businesses and local attractions.
“The Chamber is the seventh largest in the country,” she said. “We have many different programs to promote businesses and local functions. And we have funds to help communities like Coplay promote the borough.”
A Catasauqua Borough police vehicle was involved in a crash Jan. 13 at Second and Pine streets.
According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, a Jeep traveling southbound on Second Street pulled abruptly out onto Pine Street. The driver may have missed the stop sign at the intersection, Kish said, adding the police car had nowhere to go.
Kish indicated any accident involving a police vehicle is investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.
A serious head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m. Jan. 8 on Airport Road. The accident occurred on the bridge overpass between Hanoverville Road and Colony Drive in East Allen Township.
Medical helicopters were seen circling the area shortly after the accident.
Local reports indicated three people were seriously injured, but it was not confirmed by Pennsylvania State Police. The vehicles at the scene appeared to be a Ford pickup truck and a car.
A portion of Airport Road was closed until around noon.
At Coplay Borough Council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 2, Mayor Dean Molitoris had a swearing-in ceremony for elected board members. Someone attending the new 97th council meeting will not notice any big difference from prior years. All the councilmen sworn in were incumbents.
Councilmen Louis Bodish, Stephen Burker, Carl Luckenbach and Charles Sodl were sworn in during council’s opening ceremony. Michael Dee, chief of staff for newly elected state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, attended the swearing-in ceremony and delivered congratulations from McNeill.
Debra Mellish has become the go-to expert on Catasauqua’s early iron age. She conducts a walking tour of the borough, pointing out historical structures and where some landmarks once stood. Self-conducted tours are available at Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. She presented a detailed genealogy of the first families of the iron age and how their legacy persisted well into the 1900s at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill Nov. 28, 2017. The grist mill is preserved by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.
John Schreiner, Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board chairman, released the 2018 budget at the regular meeting Dec. 21, 2017. Residential households will see the base charge for sanitary sewer increase from $40 per quarter to $45. Commercial users will see a similar increase.
Revenues from all sources are projected to be $3,769,500. The expenses are broken down as a little over $1 million for administrative expenses and $2.7 million for operational expenses.
Borough engineer Daniel Witczak addressed the Tapler Street flooding problems during Coplay council’s regular meeting Dec. 12.
“We evaluated the site and plugged data into our modeling software and got similar results to what residents report,” he said.
Witczak drafted his colleagues at Acela Engineering to do an extensive data collection effort. The detail included size of piping, drainage fields, the number of acres in the drainage field and size of inlets.
“Once we had the data, we looked at the annual rainfall in the area,” he said.
At its Dec. 12 regular meeting, Coplay Borough Council made appointments to boards and commissions ahead of the Jan. 2, 2018, reorganization meeting.
Janet Eisenhauer and SueAnn Molitoris were reappointed to the Coplay Public Library board for the term ending December 2020.
Karl Korsak was reappointed to the Coplay Civil Service Commission for the term ending December 2023.
Paul Boyle was appointed to the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority for the term ending December 2022. He will replace Michael Hobel, who has served 10 years on the board.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) board put Engineer Darryl Jenkins on the spot regarding Front Street at its regular meeting Dec. 21.
The long-delayed project is winding down, but board members had a few concerns they want to have addressed. Board member Joseph Marx reported on the quality of the asphalt basecoat.
“The areas that were reworked were not saw-cut and then were filled in,” he said.
The final version of Coplay Borough’s 2018 budget was approved Dec. 18.
The $2.3 million budget increases property taxes by 0.03 mill. Taxes for the borough are 4.130 mills for the general fund, 0.380 mill for the library and another 0.380 mill for emergency services.
The borough increases garbage tax rates to $280 for most households. Seniors get a $40 discount.