Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak presented some preliminary information regarding a stormwater management program to Coplay council members at their workshop meeting June 6.
With water and sewer customers in Coplay tagged with additional costs to reduce clear water infiltration, a project still not complete, the Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection have teamed up to start a new mandated program that addresses stormwater management.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners has worked with Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) on several occasions regarding proposed revisions to the township’s 537 plan. A 537 plan is a formal plan to allocate public sewer service in the township and is required by the state.
At CWSA’s meeting May 18, a proposal to modify the 537 plan and bring public sewer to Summit Drive was discussed.
“The township is looking for costs to provide the sewer lines,” Vice Chairman James Carpenter said.
General Manager David Harleman explained how the costs are determined.
Every year, West Point Society of Lehigh Valley sponsors the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award to select high schools in the Valley. This year, Catherine Chen won the award for Whitehall High School.
Mike Tauber presented the award on behalf of the society.
“The award is given to high school juniors who exhibit exceptional performance and potential in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship and leadership,” he said.
Chen was selected by the high school.
At Coplay’s regular meeting May 9, Councilman Charles Sodl was reluctant to discuss the terms of an agreement with the contractor slated to start work on the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
Catasauqua-based historian Martha Capwell Fox discussed the significance of the D&L Trail during a meeting of Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, held April 26 at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill.
Stephanie Tashner, historical society president, introduced Capwell Fox, who presented details on the trail’s importance up to the rise of the Industrial Revolution in America.
The April Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board meeting is an annual review of the authority’s operations. This year’s review was held April 20. The players are often the same, and the results are in line with past years’ excellent reports.
John Barry, from Brown and Brown Insurance, discussed the authorities claims history.
“There were not many claims this year. We still maintain general coverage with Selective Insurance,” he said.
Barry emphasized that Selective carries a top rating.
Coplay has hit a bonanza with grant funds over the past few months and will move forward with another application. At the workshop meeting May 2, borough Secretary Sandra Gyecsek reported on another grant category that might be available.
“Our engineer uncovered the grant program working with another municipality … the program assists small municipalities in getting grants to improve alleys and dirt/gravel roads,” she said.
At the March meeting of Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, a presentation was made to look at using solar energy for the new monitoring station at Eberhart Road in Whitehall. CWSA Engineer Darryl Jenkins put out a bid request for the program, which is expected to save five figures in annual energy costs.
The authority received two bids for the project at its meeting April 20.
Diefenderfer Electric, which made the original proposal to the board, and its solar contractor submitted a bid of $194,000.
Bright Eye Solar came in well below that number with a bid of $139,800.
At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting April 11, Kimberly Fitzpatrick, a member of the borough’s Feral Cat Committee, updated council on the status of the group.
Over the past few months, council received several complaints about feral cats and residents’ inability to get in touch with anyone from the committee. The borough’s Feral Cat Committee is part of Coplay Town Watch. It is an all-volunteer organization that receives most of its funding during Community Days, when members man a booth and seek donations.
At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting April 11, Councilman Stephen Burker asked other members of council to consider a dog park for the borough.
“Several residents approached me and asked that I mention it to see what the level of support is on council,” he said.
Mayor Dean Molitoris and Councilman Mark Molitoris were positive about pursuing the project.
“I have been approached also, and I think it is something we should consider,” the mayor said.
Council President Louis Bodish did not comment on the project.