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By the end of 2013, without any additional funding from the borough, Coplay Public Library will be $31,700 in the hole.
"Obviously, after that, it would only get worse," Natalie Reichl, president of the Coplay Library Board, told Coplay Borough Council Monday night. "We would be the only library in Pennsylvania to close for lack of funding."
At a special meeting Dec, 17, called by council to consider the 2013 budget, Reichl asked for help.
It's just like any other single-story, well kept home.
In fact, if not for the wheelchair vans parked in the rear driveway, you would not know the yellow ranch style house at the corner of Keefer and Front streets in Coplay is home to eight disabled young adults.
"Most people don't know we're here and that is good because we're supposed to blend," said Denise Heberling, program specialist for LifePath Foundation.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua. Information: 610-264-0740.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Santa, joined by Frosty the Snowman, was busy at the fire station on Cherry Street where the Coplay Fire Department sponsored their visit. Joining them are 2-year-old Cadence Craig, seated on Santa's lap, along with Collin Craig, 4, and Carter Craig, 9, all of Coplay. wreaths and poinsettias were available for sale and many parents went home with pictures of their children with Santa.
A developer has until Jan. 15 to install a driveway at the McCauley residence.
Coplay Borough Council voted unanimously Dec. 11 to require Wilbur E. Hill, doing business as WRW Builders LLC, to install the driveway at 57 N. Fifth Street within a month.
The decision follows an Oct. 25 zoning hearing during which time residents Matthew and Stephany McCauley were granted a variance for not having the required off-street parking.
The McCauleys received a notice of violation from the borough Aug. 30 – after they bought the home without any knowledge of the requirement.
As 2012 comes to a close, the restoration of the Saylor Cement Kilns in Coplay still has not begun.
The project, however, is expected to move forward in 2013, according to Glenn Solt, Lehigh County director of general services.
A total of nine brick kilns are located directly north of the Coplay Parkway and next to the Ironton Rail-Trail.
Over the past four years, Coplay Borough has paid $78,265.63 in interest on loans.
This information comes from documents obtained Dec. 13 through a right-to-know request. The Press filed the request after borough Secretary-Treasurer Sandra Gyecsek deferred all questions on the 2013 budget to Councilman Joseph Groller, who did not return phone calls.
The amount paid in interest since 2009 would have been enough to offset the $31 average tax increase that comes with the 2013 budget, approved by council Dec. 17.
Rain didn't stop the Girl Scouts in the River's Edge Service unit from delivering Christmas music to the residents of Coplay in exchange for nonperishable food donations for the Coplay Food Bank Dec. 9. Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops from both the Catasauqua and Whitehall area equally divided the Coplay streets on foot, carrying bags and pulling wagons which they hoped to have filled with donations by the end of the day. After they were done caroling they were treated to cookies and hot chocolate and a visit from Santa at Trinity United Church of Christ in Coplay.