Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Commissioners OK county board posts

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

During the Feb. 14 meeting of Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, Paul Semmel, of North Whitehall Township, and Adele Bonn Shannon, of Center Valley, were appointed to the Lehigh County Conservation District.

Commissioners also named Lauren Condon, of Allentown, to the Children and Youth Services Advisory Board.

Commissioner Nathan Brown commended the appointees’ service as volunteers.

“Voluntarism is important to the community. I encourage the public to volunteer to serve their towns and their communities,” he said.

Q&A on full-day kindergarten

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

District will review cost, timeline to build new school

Whitehall-Coplay School District hosted a public presentation Feb. 13 on its prospective full-day kindergarten program.

Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett led a 40-minute program on the results of the district’s feasibility study, which was followed by a Q&A session for parents and guests in attendance at the meeting, held in the high school’s LGI room.

Municipal building concept is unveiled

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council approves feasibility study cost

At its Feb. 13 meeting, Coplay council made a unanimous decision to appoint KCBA Architects to complete a feasibility study for a borough municipal complex at 1 Bridge St.

The cost for the study was set at $7,000.

“We need to get this rolling, so we have an idea of the cost for a new building. We can compare that to what we would need to do to update our existing municipal building and have it meet our needs,” Councilman Charles Sodl said.

Board delays, then approves use permit for apartment plan

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners regular meeting Feb. 12, township Solicitor Charles Fonzone temporarily delayed an application for a conditional use permit submitted by DVS Enterprises Inc.

DVS Enterprises Inc. has a plan to develop 48 residential apartments in six buildings at 250 N. Second St. in Coplay. A portion of the property, less than 10 percent of the total, is in Whitehall. Attorney Trisha Majumdar represented DVS in the application.

The plan was approved by Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township planning commissions.

Mayor attends last board meeting

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hozza moves to county position; Warren is named to commissioners seat

Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. bid farewell to the township he has served over the past 10 years during the Feb. 12 meeting of the board of commissioners. He moves on to be the second in command at the county level, serving with Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, who had served as president of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

In his final remarks, Hozza noted Deputy Mayor Jack Meyers will assume duties as acting mayor. The commissioners have 45 days to appoint a new mayor.

Saquon Barkley Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Parade set for March 24 in Coplay

Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker announced Feb. 8 that the borough plans to have a community parade for Penn State football star Saquon Barkley.

“He has been someone this community has followed throughout his football career,” he said.

The parade date is set for March 24.

“We set the date after numerous discussions with Saquon’s mother, Tanya,” Burker said. “It is something that the borough wanted to do, and the Barkleys were humbled by our request.”