At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 12, council members took time to acknowledge the sudden passing of state Rep. Dan McNeill Sept. 8.
Officials agreed he represented his constituency well and had a certain affinity for Coplay. McNeill’s support among voters in the borough was strong, they said, adding he enjoyed being a part of the community.
Councilman Stephen Burker commented on his close relationship with McNeill.
When Coplay Borough Council approved the renovation plan for Saylor Park, it did so with the understanding that the park would be opened in 2018, in time for the borough’s 150-year celebration.
The renovations will be funded by both the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the borough. DCNR’s funding is a significant part of the overall project.
“I don’t want anyone to get the impression that Coplay is dead just because the bridge closed,” said Ruben Santiago, who, along with his fiancé, Emily Alkhal, runs The Bacon Strip on North Second Street in Coplay.
The restaurant has a cadre of dedicated customers in town and in nearby communities, according to Santiago.
“We have customers in Catasauqua who come in here frequently. One of them had a health problem that kept her homebound, so we sent breakfast over,” he said. “We made a couple of trips to Phoebe while some customers were in rehab.”
Darryl Jenkins, of SSM Group, presented an update on Coplay’s Front Street project during Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority’s regular meeting Aug. 17. In his report, Jenkins asked for a payment of $151,668 to the contractor.
The project is plagued by poor soils and improper substrate.
“We added 1,060 cubic yards of soil to replace the poor soil we had,” he said. “To keep the surfaces solid, we added 2,120 tons of stone.”
There was damage after a portion of the line was repaired. The settling damage was repaired.
Dean Fenstermaker, owner of Milander’s Deli, has already seen a sharp decline in revenues at his Coplay business.
“We’ve seen a 30-percent decline in business since the (Coplay-Northampton) bridge closed,” he said, “and they aren’t even working hard to get it done.”
Fenstermaker at one time owned just the building at 301 Center St.
“When John Milander decided to close his business (Milander’s Market), I bought it. He would not sell the name, so we renamed it Milander’s Deli to keep some continuity.
Coplay Borough engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented council members with a host of plans at their meeting Aug. 8.
“We are ready to award the handicap curb cut project to Vanic Company for around $63,000,” he said. “They were the low bidder. I have not worked with them before, but they met all of our requirements.”
The project will clean up Hokendauqua Street and includes curbing that was disturbed by recent construction. There is also a price in the package for sidewalks.
Councilman Carl Luckenbach agreed with the pricing.
A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.
According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Aug. 1, Mayor Dean Molitoris presented council with a report on the frustration residents on Front Street have over continuing delays on the street repair project. According to Molitoris and council President Louis Bodish, there is no firm completion date. They are estimating at least two more weeks of work.
Residents have complained that contractors parked heavy equipment in the street, blocking available parking spots.
“They are moving some of the heavy equipment off the street,” Bodish said.
At its regular meeting July 18, Coplay Borough Council unanimously approved a measure to authorize The Sanctuary at Haafsville to provide feral cat services to borough residents.
The issue has been debated at council meetings since March. Until this measure secured approval, the borough relied on an in-house cat committee run by resident volunteers to keep feral cats under control. The local group was unable to keep up with the demand and unable to attract enough volunteers.
At its workshop session Tuesday, Coplay Borough Council debated adding surveillance cameras to watch over the community plaza.
“We have tolerated enough vandalism at the gazebo ... graffiti on rocks out front. Someone took the banner,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.
Burker and Councilman Charles Sodl joined police Chief Vincent Genovese and met with Bill Loy, the owner of Sam Owens Restaurant, to discuss a plan. Loy offered the borough the use of his surveillance system if the borough would foot the bill for additional cameras.