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.
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.