At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Feb. 6, Councilman Charles Sodl summarized a series of committee meetings that selected an architect to look at a new borough hall.
“We can’t make any reasonable decisions going forward until we at least look at all of our options,” he said. “We are looking for a feasibility study to get a firm estimate on what it would cost for a new borough building that would house police, public works and administration.
“One of the things that made me choose coming to Fellowship Community was the woodworking shop,” said Gordon Baker, a resident in the independent living area of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, and a retired engineer with Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Baker has always been active and did not want to just sit around all day in his golden years watching television. During his younger days, he was a race official with Sports Car Clubs of America.
“I was supervising the pits,” he said.
At its first meeting of 2018, Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority Solicitor John Stover took control of the meeting for the appointment of officers for the new year. The appointments are John Schreiner, chairman; Jim Hahn, vice chairman; Joseph Bonshak, treasurer; Paul Geissinger, secretary; Joseph Marx, community affairs officer; and Paul Boyle, assistant treasurer.
The death of James Carpenter left an opening on the board. (See related story at right.) The position would normally be filled by Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.
CWSA Chairman John Schreiner took a moment out of the regular board meeting Jan. 16 to pay tribute to board member James Carpenter. Carpenter succumbed to his fight with cancer Jan. 7.
He was a 1961 graduate of Dieruff High School. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Rosalie (Mazziotta).
Carpenter retired in 2016 from Multi-Tech Construction, a company he owned and operated for 28 years. He continued to use his organizational and leadership skills to the fullest when he was appointed to the CWSA board six years ago. He served as vice chairman of the board.
Jessica O’Donnell, of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, spoke to members of Coplay Borough Council Jan. 9 about the advantages of teaming with the Chamber.
According to O’Donnell, the Chamber is making an outreach program available to smaller communities to promote local businesses and local attractions.
“The Chamber is the seventh largest in the country,” she said. “We have many different programs to promote businesses and local functions. And we have funds to help communities like Coplay promote the borough.”
A Catasauqua Borough police vehicle was involved in a crash Jan. 13 at Second and Pine streets.
According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, a Jeep traveling southbound on Second Street pulled abruptly out onto Pine Street. The driver may have missed the stop sign at the intersection, Kish said, adding the police car had nowhere to go.
Kish indicated any accident involving a police vehicle is investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.
A serious head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m. Jan. 8 on Airport Road. The accident occurred on the bridge overpass between Hanoverville Road and Colony Drive in East Allen Township.
Medical helicopters were seen circling the area shortly after the accident.
Local reports indicated three people were seriously injured, but it was not confirmed by Pennsylvania State Police. The vehicles at the scene appeared to be a Ford pickup truck and a car.
A portion of Airport Road was closed until around noon.
At Coplay Borough Council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 2, Mayor Dean Molitoris had a swearing-in ceremony for elected board members. Someone attending the new 97th council meeting will not notice any big difference from prior years. All the councilmen sworn in were incumbents.
Councilmen Louis Bodish, Stephen Burker, Carl Luckenbach and Charles Sodl were sworn in during council’s opening ceremony. Michael Dee, chief of staff for newly elected state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, attended the swearing-in ceremony and delivered congratulations from McNeill.
Debra Mellish has become the go-to expert on Catasauqua’s early iron age. She conducts a walking tour of the borough, pointing out historical structures and where some landmarks once stood. Self-conducted tours are available at Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. She presented a detailed genealogy of the first families of the iron age and how their legacy persisted well into the 1900s at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill Nov. 28, 2017. The grist mill is preserved by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.
John Schreiner, Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority board chairman, released the 2018 budget at the regular meeting Dec. 21, 2017. Residential households will see the base charge for sanitary sewer increase from $40 per quarter to $45. Commercial users will see a similar increase.
Revenues from all sources are projected to be $3,769,500. The expenses are broken down as a little over $1 million for administrative expenses and $2.7 million for operational expenses.