General Manager David Harleman reported that the project to reline aging manholes in the sewer system is under way during the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority's July 16 meeting.
"So far, we have completed 121 manholes," he said.
Harleman showed pictures of manholes repaired using a spray-on epoxy mixture.
The project is part of CWSA's program to reduce clear water infiltration into the sewer system.
Work has begun on Coplay Borough's Community Plaza.
A team from Lowe's brought supplies to the area Monday and immediately got to work on prepping the soil and planting shrubs and flowers.
According to Councilman Stephen Burker, "[The borough] applied for a project from Lowe's to improve a parcel dedicated to Community Plaza. They are supplying the labor and materials to get the project done."
About a year ago, the borough began negotiations with Giant Foods for the triangular patch of ground next to the market. Giant donated the land.
Although much of Coplay Borough Council's workshop meeting July 7 centered around the excellent job done by the public works department in cleaning up the mess from the summer storm June 30, Bill Wiessner, a Coplay resident, addressed council about its announcement to purchase land formerly owned by General Supply Company.
In response to Wiessner's question on the feasibility of the purchase, Council President Louis Bodish said the sale was not complete.
Coplay Borough Council received more input on how the street cleaning operation has been handled in the borough at the June 9 meeting.
In prior meetings, Council President Louis Bodish explained the problems with the annual street cleaning and issues encountered by the public works department.
Richard Hamscher took the podium to explain the deeper problem.
The basis of the complaint was a ticket Hamscher received.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County's director of general services, visited Coplay with a host of supporters to talk about the Saylor Cement Kilns.
The June 17 meeting was a continuation of an earlier meeting where Molchany indicated the county was interested in coordinating efforts to get the kilns recognized and preserved as a historical artifact.
Molchany introduced Frank Matero to the gathering. Matero is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in preserving and restoring industrial artifacts with an emphasis on brickmaking and cement facilities.
Several meetings ago, the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority looked at reworking a flow metering pit along the Lehigh River.
"We looked at redoing it because we were getting readings that didn't make a lot of sense," said Darryl Jenkins, CWSA's consulting engineer.
At CWSA's June 18 meeting, Jenkins presented a more detailed report.
"We did preliminary excavations and found that some pipes shifted about an inch and a half," he said.
Coplay Borough Council met in several executive sessions prior to its latest meeting to debate the purchase of real estate.
After the June 9 meeting, Councilman Stephen Burker announced that the council agreed to purchase the former General Supply Company site at 1 Bridge St. The price was quoted at $215,000.
A Community Reinvestment and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) had considered the long-vacant site for tax abatement, but funds were not allocated to Coplay for the program by the state.
At Coplay's workshop meeting on June 2, Council President Louis Bodish reported on the delays the borough encountered getting local streets swept.
The annual sweep normally takes a couple of days but was extended this year when the borough decided to use a different contractor.
"This year we asked North Catasauqua to help us out," Bodish said. "They would supply the equipment and the manpower at a lower rate than our regular contractor."
A series of snafus caused delays, and the borough ultimately finished the job with Martin's Power Sweeping Inc., Nazareth.
Mayor Joseph Bundra and Councilman William Leiner Jr. expressed their disappointment that more residents did not show up for the briefing on the plan to save the Coplay kilns May 5.
"This is just phase one of the project. And we need to move on to phase two," said Bundra in his mayor's report on May 12.
Leiner echoed the sentiment in his remarks. Leiner and Bundra have been working behind the scenes with the county and Whitehall Township on the significance of the project.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority's annual report is released every April. Principals from various outside agencies submit their reports to the board and evaluate the overall performance of the authority. All of the companies involved in the review have a long association with CWSA, but they are required to ensure that the authority adheres to regulations and rules that govern daily operations.
John Barry, partner with Brown and Brown Insurance, addressed insurance needs and future concerns. Barry considers the authority's assets adequately insured.