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Two Coplay boys are recognized

At the Aug. 8 Coplay Borough Council meeting, Mayor Stephen Burker presented certificates of achievement to two thoughtful, hardworking boys who reside in town.

Chase Hallman and Damon Marason set up a lemonade stand at the corner of Ninth and Chestnut streets to cool down community members during a recent heat wave. They decided to use their stand for a good cause.

The Whitehall-Coplay community experienced a great loss when 16-year-old Mia Due tragically lost her life July 31 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The boys decided to share the proceeds from their lemonade stand with Mia’s family.

After five days of selling lemonade and iced tea, the boys raised and presented the Due family with $2,356.

“The certificate may be small, but the impact you made was larger than life,” Burker said.

He added he was honored to have them as part of “our one-square-mile community.”

Councilman Rick Kern stated the boys are “solid young men from solid families.”

In other business, Councilman Michael Dreisbach informed council the security camera project that will cover the Bridge Street building is ready for installation.

A motion was later made to approve the purchase and installation of the cameras at a cost of $21,857.50, provided by Audio Video Specialists. This motion carried with all council members voting in favor of the purchase.

Councilman Charles Sodl explained that since police Chief Vince Genovese is officially retiring Sept. 2, an interim chief will need to be appointed until council decides on a permanent chief to hire. Interviews have been conducted for the open position, but a decision will not be made until the September meeting.

Ultimately, council voted to approve Officer Ryan Emerich as the interim chief beginning Sept. 2.

Council also approved a motion made to pay the lifeguards an amount equal to time and a half for hours they work over their scheduled, normal hours. This will apply to the 2022 season only.

Coplay Sports was approved to hold a movie night on a Saturday in September and October, with the exact dates to be decided.

A free swim for children 12 and younger, planned for 5-7 p.m. Aug. 18, was approved by council. This event will take place under the condition that there is lifeguard coverage available.

Approval was given to the Northampton County Sheriff Department to use the gym in the borough hall for training at no charge.

Council voted in favor of having a chili contest during the Oct. 2 craft fair held at the pavilion.

Several items on the agenda were related to the LSA grant; however, they were tabled as more information is being collected regarding estimates for possible projects, including the option of resurfacing one or both of the current tennis courts for use as a basketball court.

Council will hold its next meeting, a workshop, 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St.

PRESS PHOTO BY MICHELE KERN Coplay Borough youths Chase Hallman and Damon Marason are recognized for their charitable efforts with certificates of achievement from Coplay Mayor Stephen Burker, with support from borough council.