Whitehall-Coplay Press

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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.

Bridge, Iron Works projects detailed at Chamber luncheon

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.

Coplay council hears of stormwater management program

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

Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak presented some preliminary information regarding a stormwater management program to Coplay council members at their workshop meeting June 6.

With water and sewer customers in Coplay tagged with additional costs to reduce clear water infiltration, a project still not complete, the Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection have teamed up to start a new mandated program that addresses stormwater management.

CWSA, township discuss improvements to sewer service

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners has worked with Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) on several occasions regarding proposed revisions to the township’s 537 plan. A 537 plan is a formal plan to allocate public sewer service in the township and is required by the state.

At CWSA’s meeting May 18, a proposal to modify the 537 plan and bring public sewer to Summit Drive was discussed.

“The township is looking for costs to provide the sewer lines,” Vice Chairman James Carpenter said.

General Manager David Harleman explained how the costs are determined.

Chen given leadership award

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in School

Every year, West Point Society of Lehigh Valley sponsors the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award to select high schools in the Valley. This year, Catherine Chen won the award for Whitehall High School.

Mike Tauber presented the award on behalf of the society.

“The award is given to high school juniors who exhibit exceptional performance and potential in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship and leadership,” he said.

Chen was selected by the high school.

Historian details role of D&L Trail

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.