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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Borough to review stormwater line bids

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting Tuesday night, council received bids for reconstructing a stormwater line at Second and Third streets.

The apparent low bidder is Dirt Works Solutions, with a bid of $185,896. The runner-up was LanTech. All other bidders were over $200,000 for the project. The bids will be reviewed by borough Engineer Daniel Witczak for completeness.

CWSA continues solar power discussion

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Companies present plans, estimates; contract to be awarded next month

At the March 16 meeting of Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, Mike Pitcavage, from Endless Energy, offered his take on providing solar panels to the Eberhart Road pump station.

Pitcavage introduced Brian Wanamaker, from Diefenderfer Electric. Pitcavage said he would secure and install the panels, and Diefenderfer would do the electrical installation.

Endless Energy appeared before the board in a prior meeting and presented an estimated cost of $150,000 for the project.

Coplay to apply for Keystone Communities grant

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting March 14, council members gave the go-ahead to pursue a Keystone Communities Program grant.

“This is just the application, but we are working closely with our elected state officials to help us secure the grant,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.

Burker indicated he is confident the borough can make a case for the grant.

“We have received a lot of assistance from the state on our applications,” he said after the meeting. “This grant will help us complete projects that will benefit the borough.”

Class reunion

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

98-year-old teacher

Howard Fogel had an idea a few years back to have a class reunion.

“We picked the fifth grade at Wolf School (now the site of Bath Borough’s municipal building) because that was the last year everybody was from Bath. After that, kids came in from all over,” he said.

Moore Township was considered a foreign land back then. Fogel’s class was the 1947-48 school year.

“We started a reunion in 2010 and thought it would be good to ask some of the teachers to join us. We found Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gehring, our music teacher,” he said.

Vehicle crashes through neighbor’s garage in E. Allen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

On March 13, Mary Greenberg was having a relaxing morning recovering from a recent bout in the hospital when she heard a crash. “At first, I thought someone was trying to break in to the house,” she said. “I called my husband (Richard), who got here quickly.”

Greenberg’s neighbor, Michael Kolessar, had been backing out of his driveway and, according to his wife, Irene, he blacked out. His vehicle went through Greenberg’s garage door and collapsed the back wall of the garage. The driveways of the two neighbors are perfectly aligned across Valley View Road.

Resident complains of borough’s feral cat population

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session March 7, Sally McGinley took the podium to express her exasperation with the increased cat population in the borough.

“They are all over my property, digging in the flower beds. And one got into my house this weekend,” she said.

McGinley’s name was added to the list of other residents who have complained of the problem.

McGinley was advised to take a stray cat to Peaceable Kingdom.

“I don’t have a trap for the cats. [Peaceable Kingdom] wants me to pay to have them fixed, and I’m not going to pay,” she said.

CWSA OKs sanitary extension line

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Project takes service to new MacArthur Road McDonald’s, other area sites

David Harleman, Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) general plant manager, discussed plans for a sanitary extension line at Mechanicsville Road and MacArthur Road during the authority’s regular meeting Feb. 16.

“We were presented with the plans to install a 306-foot extension line to serve a proposed McDonald’s at the site,” he said.

Joseph Marx Jr., CWSA board member and a Whitehall Township commissioner, reported the township approved the McDonald’s site plans at a recent meeting.

Coplay may hike pavilion rental, towing fee, more

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council hears reports from police chief, Communities That Care director

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 7, council looked at the borough’s fee schedule.

Health officer fees are expected to increase along with towing fees and pavilion rentals. The justification for the fee increases is that other nearby municipalities have higher fees for similar items.

The full complement of fees will be finalized and voted on at council’s regular meeting Feb. 14.

A timely contribution

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay family donates funds for plaza clock

Councilman Stephen Burker was pleasantly surprised by a recent call he received from Ruth Thomson. Thomson’s husband, Roger, served Coplay as a police officer for 25 years before he retired as acting police chief.

“When everyone started talking about the plaza, I wanted to do something, but I never quite knew what would be appropriate,” Thomson said. “When I read about the gazebo and all the work that everyone volunteered, I thought it would be good to do something at the plaza.”