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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

CWSA resolves battle over Allentown Waterfront project

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At CWSA’s regular meeting April 19, Attorney John Stover announced a settlement over the Allentown Waterfront project.

“This has been a long two-year battle, but we have a resolution that meets the needs of both organizations,” he said.

Disagreement centered on a 36-inch interceptor line owned by CWSA that delivers sewage to the Allentown Wastewater Treatment Plant. Plans for the waterfront called for the interceptor to be moved. CWSA objected if the costs were to be incurred by ratepayers. The waterfront partners did not want to pay the costs involved.

Whitehall High School student receives Eisenhower award

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in School

Each year, the Lehigh Valley chapter of the West Point Society presents the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Character Award to an outstanding junior at Whitehall High School.

For 2018, the award goes to Aziz Atiyeh.

Mike Tauber, a Whitehall and West Point graduate, presented the certificate on behalf of the West Point Society.

“This certificate recognizes high school juniors who demonstrated the leadership and character that comes with individual achievement while helping others attain their goals,” Tauber said.

CWSA hears performance details at annual meeting

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

High marks are given for pension funding, EPA inspection requirement

The April 19 meeting of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) was its annual review meeting. Key members of the audit and review teams gave their detailed reports to the board.

John Barry, from Brown and Brown Insurance, was first to present his performance assessment.

“This was a tough year for insurance claims,” he said. “Losses caused by disasters topped $135 billion, which was the largest loss we have ever recorded. Worldwide, there was an estimated $330 billion in uninsured losses. The U.S. share of the losses was nearly 50 percent.”

Coplay council OKs new $1.8 million bond issue

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Money to be used for firetruck, costs for proposed municipal building

Coplay Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a new bond issue at its regular meeting April 10.

The new note is a $1.8 million general obligation bond. Funds from the loan will be used to pay off an existing obligation, purchase a new firetruck and fund soft costs for a proposed new municipal building.

The ordinance established a sinking fund for the bond obligation. A sinking fund requires the borough to set aside money for the repayment of the debt.

Council works to keep Saylor Park project moving

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Engineer frustrated by state DCNR’s delay in reviewing, approving plans

Coplay Borough Council took a long look at the details of the Saylor Park plans during its workshop session April 3.

The renovations were designed as a fast-track project, so the park would be open in time for the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2019. One lane of the fast track was to order some equipment ahead of time, so it is ready for installation as soon as the preparation work is complete. Some of the pre-ordered items include a pre-engineered pavilion, portable bleacher stands, benches, etc.

Saylor Park improvements are moving forward

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Developer asks for variance on Egypt property

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Saylor Park work to begin next month

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough finishing up project financing details

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.

CWSA planning projects for spring

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Plan designed to service new Eagle View project

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.

Resident details criminal activity in neighborhood

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Board president requests restart of area watch group

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.