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.
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.
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.
At its regular meeting Feb. 14, Coplay Borough Council moved to fill vacant administrative positions in the borough.
Brandyn Bechtel was appointed assistant fire chief.
Gloria Reinert will be the tax assessor.
Joe Gill is the new health inspector.
The appointments are effective immediately.
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.
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.”
Coplay residents were all agog as Councilman Stephen Burker made a formal announcement Jan. 21 of a $200,000 grant the borough received from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to improve the playing fields at Saylor Park.
“We don’t normally see a grant this big going to a small community like ours,” Burker said.
The borough has been eyeing improvements to the park for at least a decade. The 1960s-vintage park has deteriorated and no longer meets the needs of residents.
Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority’s (CWSA) engineer, Darryl Jenkins, gave the board an update on problems along Front Street at the Jan. 19 meeting. According to Jenkins, the project is woefully behind schedule.
“We ran into problems with bad soil. We had instances where the soil was overflowing the sides of the trench boxes,” he said.
In deep trenching operations, a steel box is set in place at the bottom of the trench, but the sides usually stay compacted near the top of the dig because there is little pressure on the soil.
Susan Myers, who heads the Commitment to Family & Community (CFC) club, addressed Coplay Borough Council at its regular meeting Jan. 10.
As part of a lease agreement, council earlier had requested CFC have fire-suppression equipment in and around the grill inspected and approved. At the meeting, Myers verified the upgrade was scheduled for Jan. 11.
“Our goal is to be in full compliance with all the safety guidelines,” she said regarding the 165 Cherry St. building.
At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Jan. 3, borough Secretary Sandra Gyecsek relayed a report from Lehigh County that bids are in place for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge construction. The project could start in as few as 90 days.
Councilman Charles Sodl is meeting with the apparent contractor of record. The contractor would like to use the recently acquired borough property on Bridge Street as a staging area.