After an extended public hearing to start Coplay’s regular meeting Nov. 14, council settled down to clear the agenda for year-end business matters.
The borough’s tree lighting is scheduled for Nov. 30.
The date for Coplay Sports’ annual Santa parade is Dec. 10.
At an Oct. 18 event, the Domino’s location at 971 Main St., Northampton, presented Coplay Councilmen Steve Burker and Charles Sodl a check for nearly $2,500 to support projects at the borough’s Community Plaza.
“This is part of our co-op program that the planning committee and the recreation committee put together,” Burker said.
Under the program, the borough helps support local businesses with advertising inserts. In return for the advertising, the local business donates a portion of the proceeds to the borough.
The Whitehall Area Hunger Initiative started as a concept with a goal to alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. The concept of giving food for free in a systematic program involves a wide range of partners and affiliates.
The organization came together under the leadership of Shari Noctor. At the organization’s first recognition breakfast Nov. 7, Noctor was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. Fellowship Community provided the setting and the breakfast.
At the Oct. 19 meeting of Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA), Joseph Marx proposed the board donate $1,000 to Coplay Public Library and Whitehall Township Public Library.
“I was able to take a tour of the library,” Marx said. “I have not been in one in since high school. The Whitehall library was full, and I was surprised at the number of people there.”
According to Marx, libraries have a new requirement for software that ties libraries together. The cost for the software is $15,000, plus an annual support fee of $5,000.
Back in July, Giant Food Stores purchased a dormant liquor license at state auction. In October, store management asked Coplay Borough for permission to present its credentials to council to have the liquor license transferred to the Giant location at Second and Chestnut streets. At council’s regular meeting Nov. 14, Ellen Freeman, Giant’s attorney, and Josh Erb, the project manager tasked with implementing in-store liquor sales, appeared before council to present their case.
Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer presented the first look at Coplay’s 2018 budget at council’s workshop session Nov. 7. Although some categories came in under the 2017 budgeted line items, the overall budget is projected to increase in 2018.
The estimated cost to taxpayers is 0.3 mill, which equates to an annual increase of $50 for the average homeowner. Garbage rates are expected to increase by $10.
Coplay Borough Council took action at its meeting Oct. 10 to address stormwater problems at Tapler Drive and 12th Street, where water complaints have spanned nearly two decades.
Council authorized township Engineer Daniel Witczak to revamp plans that are on record. Part of the problem is that stormwater flows across land in Coplay and Whitehall Township. The solution to containing the water will require both municipalities to address the problem. Witczak will contact Whitehall officials once the plans are complete.
Former Whitehall High School teacher David Andrew Borghesani appeared before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach Oct. 9 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. It was a culmination of an investigative process that began last October with allegations from parents of the teacher’s misbehavior.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30.
At Coplay’s workshop session Oct. 3, borough resident Rick White approached council to complain about a citation he received with 19 separate violations.
After giving a history of the property and the state of the buildings, White denied most of the violations. Specifically, he cited problems with a violation of animals on the property — he said he has no animals — and one violation of a tree growing out of a barn, which he said was not true.
Every October, the Whitehall Fire Department transforms the township Parkway into a frightful Halloween nightmare of sorts — a Haunted Hayride held Friday and Saturday nights.
“We work up different scenes every year,” said Matt Matika, a volunteer firefighter with the Hokendauqua station. “I ask members of the fire department to volunteer as scene leaders. They take it from there, adding in their own ideas.”
Matika acts as coordinator of the annual event.