Lehigh County Board of Commissioners President Marty Nothstein presented farewell plaques to outgoing Commissioners Thomas Creighton, David Jones and Michael Schware at the close of the meeting Dec. 20, 2017.
Creighton represented District 1, serving residents of Coplay and Slatington boroughs and Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, North Whitehall, Washington, Weisenberg and Whitehall townships.
Marc Grammes won the seat in the November election, defeating Bob Elbich.
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.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners holds a reorganization meeting 8 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Council holds a reorganization meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Borough engineer Daniel Witczak addressed the Tapler Street flooding problems during Coplay council’s regular meeting Dec. 12.
“We evaluated the site and plugged data into our modeling software and got similar results to what residents report,” he said.
Witczak drafted his colleagues at Acela Engineering to do an extensive data collection effort. The detail included size of piping, drainage fields, the number of acres in the drainage field and size of inlets.
“Once we had the data, we looked at the annual rainfall in the area,” he said.
At its Dec. 12 regular meeting, Coplay Borough Council made appointments to boards and commissions ahead of the Jan. 2, 2018, reorganization meeting.
Janet Eisenhauer and SueAnn Molitoris were reappointed to the Coplay Public Library board for the term ending December 2020.
Karl Korsak was reappointed to the Coplay Civil Service Commission for the term ending December 2023.
Paul Boyle was appointed to the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority for the term ending December 2022. He will replace Michael Hobel, who has served 10 years on the board.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) board put Engineer Darryl Jenkins on the spot regarding Front Street at its regular meeting Dec. 21.
The long-delayed project is winding down, but board members had a few concerns they want to have addressed. Board member Joseph Marx reported on the quality of the asphalt basecoat.
“The areas that were reworked were not saw-cut and then were filled in,” he said.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment Dec. 13 to the county’s administrative code to require the county executive to provide an electronic copy of the annual budget.
The amendment was sponsored by Commissioners Amanda Holt and Michael Schware and is designed to give the commissioners more time to consider the annual budget between the time they receive it and the time they have to vote.
The commissioners also approved an amendment allowing them to have a say in the choice of health insurance providers.
The final version of Coplay Borough’s 2018 budget was approved Dec. 18.
The $2.3 million budget increases property taxes by 0.03 mill. Taxes for the borough are 4.130 mills for the general fund, 0.380 mill for the library and another 0.380 mill for emergency services.
The borough increases garbage tax rates to $280 for most households. Seniors get a $40 discount.