Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Coplay getting borough streets back in order

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Contract set to be awarded for work on sidewalks, handicap curb cuts

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.

Police respond to report of gunfire in Bath

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Borough man is apprehended after firing shots during attempted vehicle repossession

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.

Front Street frustration

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay council discusses project delays

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.

Feral felines

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay OKs new group to control cat population

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.

Coplay wants cameras installed at community plaza

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Lehigh County honors senior volunteers

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

Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services paid tribute to older adults in the community who have demonstrated exceptional generosity with their time and talent to enhance the lives of others. The 17th annual event, Tribute to Unsung Heroes, was held May 17 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

The county honors senior volunteers every May during Older Americans Month. This year, 14 seniors were honored for their contributions.

CWSA discusses priorities for wastewater treatment

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board members discussed at their meeting June 15 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) received from the Lehigh County Authority (LCA). The LCA has a set of priorities designed to improve wastewater treatment in the Lehigh Valley. All municipalities using the Allentown Wastewater Treatment Plant are asked to review and approve the changes.

The goals stretch to 2050. The length of the time frame is a cause for some concern.

Council seeks update on Saylor Park work

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council got an earful of the potential delays during its regular session June 13. Councilman Charles Sodl, along with council President Louis Bodish, grilled township Engineer Daniel Witczak on the status of Saylor Park. The borough received a grant from the state to complete a revamp of the area across from the Saylor Kilns.

Sodl’s questioning was specific; he wanted to know when the project would start and the expected completion date.

CWSA solar plan will be reworked

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With summer deadline missed, board to take time to redefine specs

At the June 15 meeting of Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, the board tossed a bid for a solar energy array that would provide power to the Eberhart pump station.

“The project was spec’d for American-made solar panels recommended by Endless Energy. The manufacturer of the panels closed up along with most of the other American solar panel manufacturers,” Solicitor Jack Stover said.

Article By: PAUL CMIL Special to The Press

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.

Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.

Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.

Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.