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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.