At Coplay council’s regular meeting Aug. 14, borough Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented an update on the road improvement at Second and Chestnut streets.
Council expressed its concern about the project because it is funded with an expiring Community Development Block Grant. Witczak confirmed the grant funds were extended to the end of the year.
The targeted intersection has always been a problem for the borough, but it is a busy intersection. With the bridge closed, the borough took action.
According to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, the issue of whether the township is responsible for maintenance of a retaining wall along Race Street near Lehigh Avenue has not yet been resolved.
Board President Dennis Hower said the township received a letter the week before the Aug. 13 board meeting stating the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had completed $1.8 million in repairs to the wall, as per an agreement with the township, and the township would now be liable for maintenance costs of the wall.
Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Acknowledging the fact that now more than 50 percent of people choose cremation over traditional burial, the Coplay Cemetery Association (CCA) recently purchased and installed a 48-urn columbarium.
Several months ago, the CCA officers entertained a proposal to purchase the columbarium. Recognizing the shift in attitude about cremation, the association unanimously supported the purchase.
There now is an alternative to traditional burial in Coplay.
As Whitehall-Coplay School District students return to campus next week, they will have one more new face to get familiar with, in addition to their teachers and classmates.
Officer Quadir Carter will join Officer Matthew Christman on the district’s patrol for the 2018-19 school year.
Carter has served with the Whitehall Township Police Department since 2014. He received his master’s degree from Lehigh University in elementary education and was employed by KidsPeace as a teacher before his police service.
It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Aug. 17.
Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story placing Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.
“It was a tough day to send my daughter to school,” Nothstein would say later that day as he took his case to the public.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
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.