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CWSA explores solar power plan

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Pump station project estimated at $130,000

Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Engineer Darryl Jenkins gave a report on a proposed solar power project at the authority’s regular meeting June 21.

Last year, the board received a proposal for a solar panel project, but the supplier was unable to meet the board’s requirements for an American-made panel. The supplier ultimately went out of business.

Jenkins used his contacts at RER Energy to resurrect the proposal. The Reading-based company has a good reputation and produced a proposal that would offset 60 percent of the power consumption at the pump station.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JUNE

THURSDAY 21

Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 26

Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 27

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Fink family is honored for 200 years of farming

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

The Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation celebrated 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production during a ceremony June 7 at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville.

David and Sonia Fink, owners of Heidel Hollow, were recognized as having a Bicentennial Farm for 200 years of family farming.

More than 5,270 farm owners, through state and county programs, have preserved more than 550,000 acres.

This number has Pennsylvania leading the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.

Fellowship resident celebrates 100 years

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Elizabeth Gehring, a lively centenarian, celebrated her milestone event with 200 of her friends at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.

Elizabeth first came to everyone’s attention when her fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures.

To celebrate, Elizabeth had every guest bring nonperishables for Whitehall Food Bank. Shari Noctor, who chairs Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, was impressed with the haul. The donation table was filled to overflowing and had to be emptied several times.

Board moves forward with emergency services site

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the predesign phase of a new emergency services building at its regular meeting June 11.

The new building will be built on the township municipal complex, behind the existing municipal building on MacArthur Road. An old garage and several outbuildings will be removed.

D’Huy Engineering, of Bethlehem, will be preparing the predesign.

“My only question is how soon is a shovel going to fly,” board Vice President Philip Ginder asked.

Coplay approves new housing complex

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Apartment buildings planned near Ironton Rail Trail, Saylor Park areas

As expected, Coplay Borough Council approved a new apartment complex at its meeting June 12.

The project is sponsored by DVS Enterprises and consists of multiple apartment buildings near the Ironton Rail Trail and the new Saylor Park. The new project mimics a similar-styled project across the street.

Council’s main concerns were with stormwater runoff. Ultimately, council agreed the protections and safeguards offered by the developer were adequate.

Board reacts to quarry’s federal violation

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

PCB levels in Coplay Aggregates site sample are reportedly triple the limit

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners reacted angrily at its meeting June 11 to reports that a quarry, owned by Coplay Aggregates, contains high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and the township wasn’t informed for nearly three months.

Whitehall Township officials only found out about the contaminated fill June 5 when, after a meeting between Coplay Aggregates officials and Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., the township executive secretary received an email from the federal Environmental Protection Agency indicating a violation, Commissioner Joseph Marx Jr. said.