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Coplay council accepts Community Days donation

At the Aug. 3 Coplay Borough Council workshop meeting, it was announced council received a letter from John Schreiner, a Coplay Community Days Committee leader. The letter was an offer granting $20,000 to the borough for the renovation of the basketball court at Saylor Park.

Council accepted the funds and thanked the Community Days Committee for the donation.

Over many years, the Community Days Committee has donated tens of thousands of dollars for various improvements in the borough. The committee operates a highly successful summer festival at the Coplay Parkway during the last weekend in August.

The plan is to have two basketball courts at Saylor Park. The borough is seeking grant money to assist in transforming the dilapidated former tennis court area into another basketball court.

In his public works report, Paul Boyle said the Lehigh Valley Pediatric Cancer Foundation wants to donate a tree to be placed in the Parkway area. Council would have to pick a location for the tree, he noted.

Police Chief Vincent Genovese said there were 217 calls, 16 traffic arrests, five crime reports and three arrests in July.

Coplay Fire Chief Brandon Bechtel said the department had 15 incidents in July, with a total of 97 incidents year to date.

A concern was expressed by Charles Sodl that there have been delays with Colonial Electric delivering a large clock ordered for the Community Plaza. Sodl said he prefers to hold the $14,000 still owed for the clock until after the item arrives. He wants to ensure the clock is exactly what was ordered.

Sodl reported the police department is getting a new floor and some new paint. There also is a plan to refurbish the police office, at a cost of about $8,000.

Council member Janet Eisenhauer, finance committee chair, cautioned the borough needs to build up its reserves before any more renovations can occur.

In Councilman Stephen Burker’s report, he said the July movie night was a success, with another movie night set for Aug. 19. Burker also shared the summer concert series, held at Community Plaza, is very popular.

Burker noted the park and recreation committee is planning “a lot more functions with Coplay Sports.”

Council President Louis Bodish said the construction on the new public works building on Bridge Street is progressing and is expected to be completed during the fall. He also reported the new borough garbage truck is expected at some point this fall.

There was a request from Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N. Third St., to hold a block party event noon-7 p.m. Sept. 11, with a Sept. 18 rain date. The request is to close Third Street from Hall to Coplay streets.

Council will vote on the request at next week’s council meeting.

There are plans to change the ordinance for recycling and solid waste in order to qualify for a 902 grant. If the borough is successful in securing the grant, the funding will pay 90 percent of the cost for new recycling bins.

Eisenhauer suggested the borough send out an information sheet explaining what items are considered recyclable in the borough. Councilman Richard Kern suggested a refrigerator magnet with the recycling information be provided to residents.

The next Coplay council meeting is 7 p.m. Aug. 10. It is an in-person meeting held at Coplay Borough Hall, 98 S. Fourth St.