Edward Koren has announced his candidacy for Whitehall Township tax collector.
Born and raised in Coplay Borough and a graduate of Whitehall-Coplay School District, Koren said he is looking forward to serving the community as the next Whitehall Township tax collector.
Coplay has hit a bonanza with grant funds over the past few months and will move forward with another application. At the workshop meeting May 2, borough Secretary Sandra Gyecsek reported on another grant category that might be available.
“Our engineer uncovered the grant program working with another municipality … the program assists small municipalities in getting grants to improve alleys and dirt/gravel roads,” she said.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Monday workshop meeting agreed, with a bit of hesitancy, to back a $5 motor registration fee proposal that is before Lehigh County Board of Commissioners — but not before stating its support must come with a “guarantee” the funds would go for road improvements.
Commissioners further stated the increase in the vehicle registration fee, which will yield the township $1.2 million, must be carried out on a per-capita basis.
The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will conduct a license canvass in Lehigh County May 3. Multiple wardens will go door to door educating dog owners as well as checking the status of their dog licenses and rabies vaccinations.
All dogs 3 months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs.
Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.
Matthew Guindine, of Troop 93, Northampton, received the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor April 8 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Northampton.
Guindine’s Eagle Scout project was completed at the former Mulligans Golf Course and Driving Range in Whitehall. The area is now called Whitehall Recreation Fields and is operated by the Whitehall-based Tri-Boro Soccer Club.
The Scout created artwork for signs located on Range Road. Reliable Signs Inc., of Nazareth, created the signs. They were installed on the property.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
From Egypt to Fullerton and Cementon to West Catasauqua — and areas in between, like Darktown — Whitehall Township’s streets and neighborhoods will soon appear much brighter at night.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has reported an upgrade in street lighting — state-of-the art LED lights along streets in the township.
The program began in 2016, with the Village Green, Rolling Hills and Pine Tree communities hooked up with the LED lights. Hozza’s 2017 proposed budget looks to spend approximately $1 million to convert the remaining township-owned streetlights to LED technology.
Shawn Clary has announced his candidacy for a Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners seat.
Born and raised in Whitehall, Clary said he is looking forward to serving the community as a member of the board of commissioners.
He and his wife, Brooke, have lived in the Whitehall-Coplay community for more than 15 years. They have two children — Grace, a freshman at Whitehall High School, and Finn, a sixth-grader at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
At the March meeting of Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, a presentation was made to look at using solar energy for the new monitoring station at Eberhart Road in Whitehall. CWSA Engineer Darryl Jenkins put out a bid request for the program, which is expected to save five figures in annual energy costs.
The authority received two bids for the project at its meeting April 20.
Diefenderfer Electric, which made the original proposal to the board, and its solar contractor submitted a bid of $194,000.
Bright Eye Solar came in well below that number with a bid of $139,800.
At Coplay Borough Council’s regular meeting April 11, Kimberly Fitzpatrick, a member of the borough’s Feral Cat Committee, updated council on the status of the group.
Over the past few months, council received several complaints about feral cats and residents’ inability to get in touch with anyone from the committee. The borough’s Feral Cat Committee is part of Coplay Town Watch. It is an all-volunteer organization that receives most of its funding during Community Days, when members man a booth and seek donations.