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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Borough, social club extend noise pact

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting June 11, Attorney Lisa Pereira notified council of Coplay Saengerbund’s request to continue operating under the borough’s noise ordinance.

Five years ago, Coplay went through an exaggerated process to explain the legal differences between noise defined by the Liquor Control Board and noise defined by the borough’s ordinance.

The discussion was prompted by noise claims from homeowners near the Saengerbund.

Coplay puts Quick Ticket plan in motion

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough police will ‘red tag’ location to warn property owner of violation

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting June 4, Councilman Charles Sodl detailed how the borough’s Quick Ticket program was designed to work. Sodl asked Ron Helman, the borough’s building code enforcement officer, to move the program forward during the May 14 regular meeting of council.

The borough has issued several tickets, following a standard procedure, and achieved outstanding results.

Lifeguards, manager hired for Coplay pool

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council approved hiring lifeguards and appointed Tiffany Benson as manager of Parkway Pool during its meeting May 14. Benson also serves as assistant secretary for the borough. She has worked out a schedule that allows her to perform both duties. The Bacon Strip will handle the pool concession stand.

Chris Gibbons was hired as financial adviser for the borough.

Coplay council teams up with Arc to assist disabled workers

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Kathleen Slane and Jesse Velarde stepped to the podium at Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session May 7 to discuss the Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) program.

“The program is designed to transition people with disabilities like autism and Down syndrome into the work force. We train them for specific tasks based on the needs that businesses have. These are good workers, and there are restrictions on what they can do, but they come to your municipality ready to work,” Slane said.

MALV holds open house at mosque

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley (MALV) held a well- attended open house April 27 at its mosque on Schadt Avenue. The event featured a litany of events surrounding Islam and the role of Muslims.

The open house is a semiannual event. Every guest was greeted by a tour guide.

The prayer room featured booths where interested visitors could ask questions about Islam and specifically certain tenets of the faith. The Five Pillars of Islam are the core beliefs and practices of Islam.

Coplay council to take longer look at Quik Tickets

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Ordinance put into effect last year, but few code violations reported since

At its workshop meeting May 7, Coplay Borough Council questioned the use of Quik Tickets for minor code violations. The borough passed an ordinance last year to allow authorized people in the borough to issue tickets. The purpose of the ticket is to add some enforcement to repeat code offenders without going to the magisterial district judge.

CWSA earns high marks at annual review

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Moment of silence held in memory of Jeff Gerhard, operations manager

Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority board members asked for a moment of silence during the April 18 meeting to pay tribute to the late Jeff Gerhard, the authority’s operations manager.

Gerhard had 40 years of service with CWSA and passed away suddenly earlier this month. He was instrumental in keeping the plant operating at peak efficiency, according to board members, who added his presence will be sorely missed.

Saylor Park project discontinued

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council makes final attempts to save plan but can’t overcome estimates

Coplay Borough Council took some last-minute actions over the past week to try and save the renovation plan proposed for Saylor Park. In the end, members made the decision April 9 to discontinue the project.

“We originally started with the idea that this was going to be a $500,000 project. We bid it out, and the number was closer to a million. We cut back the scope of the project and got a lot of help from local trade unions, but we were still around $800,000,” Councilman Charles Sodl said during the council meeting.

Catasauqua police investigate violent domestic assault

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish has released official information on a March 31 domestic assault case in the borough.

In his report, Kish said police were called around 10 a.m. to 141 Railroad St., near the intersection with Mulberry Street, for a reported assault.

Myrelis Leon-Santiago had allegedly been severely beaten by her companion, James Connelly, Kish said. Officers responded to the report and called an ambulance, which transported her to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she underwent multiple rounds of surgery.

Saylor Park project could be in jeopardy

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

New cost still too high; borough will request more time to find funding

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting April 2, Engineer Daniel Witczak presented the latest round of bids on the Saylor Park renovations that the borough has been working on for three years. Even with reductions in the scope of the project, the total cost may be too high.

The park has been billed as the centerpiece of the borough’s 150th anniversary, which kicks off Saturday. See schedule of events at right.