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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.
Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.
At its Feb. 13 meeting, Coplay council made a unanimous decision to appoint KCBA Architects to complete a feasibility study for a borough municipal complex at 1 Bridge St.
The cost for the study was set at $7,000.
“We need to get this rolling, so we have an idea of the cost for a new building. We can compare that to what we would need to do to update our existing municipal building and have it meet our needs,” Councilman Charles Sodl said.