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Coplay earns grant for work on Saylor Park

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough must match $200,000 state funding

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.

CWSA delays work on Front Street

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Northampton Borough Municipal Authority will replace water line first

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.

Coplay, CFC approve lease

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Cherry St. club agrees to fire-suppression

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.

Bridge construction bids in place

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay-Northampton span work expected to last 2-1/2 years

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.

Council, property owner compromise on wall issue

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At a Dec. 6 Coplay Borough Council workshop meeting, a neighbor dispute over the location of a retaining wall had been resolved by requiring the homeowner to move the wall approximately one foot to be in compliance with the easements and setbacks required for the alley at 22 S. Court St.

The property owner had not been at that meeting but did attend the Dec. 13 council meeting to request a modification.

Borough plaza is true community project

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Volunteers set sights on next phase of plan: benches and town clock

In 2015, with changes to Coplay Borough Council’s membership, a plan was put in place to create a community plaza on a pie-shaped piece of land next to the Giant supermarket.

“There was no commercial value in the property. But the property is a corner that defines a major intersection in town,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.

Councilman Charles Sodl and Burker sketched out a few ideas on a napkin.

“We needed something to define Coplay as a hometown,” Sodl said.

The problem was the borough had no money for a town plaza, no matter what size it might be.

Coplay council resolves neighbor dispute over garden wall

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Dec. 6, resident Anne Killeen asked council for a resolution on an encroachment problem with a garden wall erected by her neighbor.

The borough had granted a permit for a garden wall along the front of a home belonging to Killeen’s neighbor. The homes are separated by an alley. According to Killeen, the wall was erected and did not allow for a proper easement along the alley. Easements along the alleys are 3 feet wide to accommodate sidewalks if they are installed.

Council discusses resident’s right-of-way concerns

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough engineer, inspector to attend next meeting so issue can be resolved

At the regular meeting of Coplay Council Nov. 8, borough resident Anne Killeen continued a discussion she had with council at the workshop meeting the week before.

Killeen indicated a landscaping wall on a neighboring property on Fourth Street is built into the right of way. She contends the property was surveyed sometime back, and a survey point was etched in the macadam.

“I made my measurements from the survey point,” Killeen said.