HIGHLIGHTS


    

2015 BUDGET

     On Monday, December 15, Borough Council met in a special meeting to adopt Resolution 1392 adopting the 2015 budget figures for Receipts & Expenditures and Ordinance 816 setting the Real Estate rate for 2015 which is 4.39 mills, an increase of .30 mills from last year.  Reasons for the increase includes the purchase of a new dump truck, increases to employee health insurance rates, anticipated upgrades to the heating system in the Municipal Building and ongoing roadwork.  The Garbage fee for 2015 will change to yearly rates of $270 for residents and $230 for seniors with a 10% discount for early payment.  The entire Budget is available for public viewing on our website www.coplayborough.org or at the Borough Office.  Below is a department breakdown:

           

ADMINISTRATION                                          $136,710.00

TAX COLLECTION                                         $  33,300.00  

BOROUGH BUILDINGS                                 $  82,020.00  

STREETS                                                       $285,550.00

RECREATION                                                $  69,400.00 

MISCELLANEOUS (includes insurance)        $348,400.00   

CAPITAL RESERVE                                       $  51,000.00  

POLICE                                                           $410,117.00 

HEALTH                                                           $    6,850.00

LIBRARY                                                         $  70,400.00  

FIRE & WATER                                              $101,050.00   

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT                       $    1,700.00     

STATE FUND                                                 $  81,400.00

GARBAGE FUND                                           $394,820.00                       

TOTAL   $2,072,717.00         

CHILDREN’S BIKE DERBY

CHILDREN’S BIKE DERBY is planned for Saturday, June 6 at 9 AM.  Although this is a long way off, the Children’s Bike Derby Committee is seeking a Chair.  Without a Chair there will be no Bike Derby.  If you want to keep this long standing tradition alive by helping, please call Bill at 610-751-2745 or email billleiner@aol.com.     


SNOW CLEAN UP

    

     Per Borough Ordinance you have 24 hours from the completion of any winter weather event to finish clean-up efforts.  This allows plow trucks time to go through and clear streets and eliminates double clean-up for residents.  When clearing snow from walkways or parking areas, do NOT throw snow back into the street; doing so can result in fines.  Access should be properly cleared around dumpster and garbage can locations to allow ease of collection.  Snow tends to settle and pack in cans stored in the same area without moving, hindering our ability to remove refuse.  Lids should be used to prevent falling snow from filling cans as well.  Obstructed cans or those deemed too heavy will not be emptied. 


A REMINDER THIS WINTER
    

     In the event of a fire, the fire department must quickly locate and hook up to the closest hydrant to get water.  If a hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time is lost locating and accessing it.  This delay may disrupt firefighting efforts allowing the fire to grow.  A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds!  Please take a few minutes in your winter clean up efforts to clear the area around a hydrant.  It will make a difference!

 

HELP WANTED

     Each year the borough office compiles a list of individuals available for winter clean up.  This list is shared with residents who call the office in need of services.  If you are willing to shovel snow, please call the borough office at 610-262-6088 to be added to the list.




    

 

       Pennsylvania law mandates that electronic items be kept out of landfills.  We partnered with FreeCycle, a division of GERSolutions, to bring you the most cost effective well-rounded electronics recycling program available in our area.  They accept a wide variety of items, most of which can be recycled for a small fee. 

     However, the cost to recycle TV's and Computer Monitors are as follows:

          CRT Televisions

            Up to 18"                         $ 20.00

            19"-27"                                        $ 30.00

            28" and up                       $ 40.00

         Wooden Console CRT       $ 50.00

         CRT Computer Monitor     $ 10.00

         Projection Television          $ 50.00

         LCD & Plasma Television $ 20.00 (any size)

         LCD Computer Monitor    $  3.00        

     Additionally, FreeCycle will accept items containing Freon, at a cost of $20.00 each:

         Dorm Size Refrigerator    

         Air Conditioners                

         Freezers

         Dehumidifiers

     Please note, it is vitally important that ALL electronics items be complete.  Taking items apart INCREASES fees incurred for recycling and can be dangerous to you and the environment.  Fees for the items above apply whether you utilize our curbside collection or drop off at their facility.  Curbside collection is offered the third Wednesday of each month, for which we charge a nominal fee, $1 for most items, exclusions apply, see above; please call the office to arrange.  You can also take these items to FREECYCLE, 795 Roble Road, Allentown, PA, smaller items are still FREE of charge; for drop off schedule please visit www.gersolutions.net or call 484-866-0927. 

FROM THE DESK OF

Mayor Joseph Bundra

        

     Though the days may seem long, they pass too quickly and once again another year has gone by.  As the new year may bring you trials and tribulations, remember to take life one day at a time.  Be a good neighbor, keep vigilant to your surroundings, and help each other when needed.  With colder temperatures, take time to check on your neighbors, especially if they are older or live alone.  Help keep our community of Coplay a great place to live, raise a family and grow old.  I would like to wish all residents a very Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!

     Any resident wishing to share suggestions or concerns may reach me at 484-239-1611 or mayor@coplayborough.org.

 

COUNCIL NEWS

    

     The next Workshop meeting will be held Tuesday, JANUARY 6 at 7 PM; Council Meeting Tuesday, JANUARY 13 at 7PM;

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BOROUGH HAPPENINGS

BOROUGH OFFICE and PUBLIC WORKS will be closed Thursday, JANUARY 1 in observance of the New Year’s Day Holiday.


COPLAY LIBRARY 

 
COPLAY LIBRARY –Library events:

Storytime – Thursday, JANUARY 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 11 AM.
Trivia – Saturday, JANUARY 3 12-2 PM
Library Board – meets Thursday, JANUARY 8
 7 PM
Check WFMZ, our Twitter and Facebook pages for any winter weather closings.  Any materials due on a day we have to close, will be due on the next open day.

    Library Hours: closed Thursday, JANUARY 1

 Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm; Friday & Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Contact the Library at 610-262-7351 
 Follow our website – www.coplaypubliclibrary.org Contact the Library at 610-262-7351           For more information visit the library website, click here 

TRASH/RECYCLING/YARD WASTE/METAL COLLECTION/ ELECTRONICS COLLECTION

.  There are no collection changes for the month of January.  Recycling will be collected every Thursday.  Christmas Tree Collection will be Fridays, JANUARY 2, 9 and 16.   Electronics collection (call to schedule pickup) Wednesday, JANUARY 21 and Metal collection Thursday, JANUARY 22.  There is no need to call the borough office to schedule pick up for metal.  GARBAGE CANS - in excess of 35 gallons will NOT be collected.  You must call borough office at 610-262-6088 to schedule pick up of larger items (sofas, mattresses, etc.) on regularly scheduled garbage days, limit of two per year at no charge.  ELECTRONICS - televisions and other electronics WILL NOT be collected with regular garbage.  Utilize our Electronics Recycling collection, most items are $1, except TVs and computer monitors, call the borough office for cost to recycle based on type/size, or you can drop items off yourself, at FreeCycle, 795 Roble Road, Allentown on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM-5 PM and 3rd Saturday from 9 AM-11 AM.   

  

COPLAY POLICE 

     -received 125 calls in November, 2014.  Arrests: 0 ; Traffic – 15, Written Warnings - 54; Parking Tickets – 10.             

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS INFO
COPLAY AMERICAN LEGION

      Did you know…if you fly an American Flag at your home and are replacing it because it is worn, there is an old mailbox out front of our Post to dispose of worn flags properly.
          Contact Information: Larry 610-262-4133

COPLAY ATHLETIC CLUB

      Gym located on 2nd floor of Coplay Municipal Building, check board for meeting dates;
          Contact Information: Bev 610-262-0909

COPLAY COMMUNITY DAYS

      will begin planning the 2015 Event with a meeting on Monday, JANUARY 26 at 7pm in council chambers. 
    Contact information:  Steve    610-703-8487 

COPLAY NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH

     This passive group of concerned Coplay residents is always vigilant concerning any unusual persons or activities in the neighborhood. They then report this to the local Police department. Laminated window Crime Watch signs and Vial of Life kits are always available free of charge for anyone, to be used in your home. A “V” orange sticker is to be placed on a front window/door, another is placed on the refrigerator door and the Vial is put inside the refrigerator with your medical history/medication information. In case of an emergency, this alerts medical personnel coming to your home, where to find your medical history, saving critical time. Please contact us at the number below to request a kit.
          Contact information: Frank 610-262-0802

COPLAY DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 
     The CDC wishes you a successful 2015 with your family; a 2015 that includes registering to vote and participating in the May, 2015 Primary Election.  Please register and vote.  It is our sacred right.  Consider joining the CDC.   Annual dues are only   $2.00 per year.    

        Contact information:  Bill               610-751-2745;billleiner@aol.com   

COPLAY GARDEN CLUB

     - wishes everyone a Happy New Year! We will be having our Christmas Party at the next meetingThursday, JANUARY 22.

            Contact information:  Jane     610-261-1243

COPLAY LIONS CLUB

    
     Join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, JANUARY 5 and Monday, JANUARY 19 at 7:15 PM at the Coplay Saengerbund, S 5th St.  All are welcome as we work together to help our neighbors. 

            Contact information: Larry      610-262-4133

COPLAY PARK & RECREATION BOARD

    
     -next meeting scheduled for Monday, JANUARY 12 at 7 PM, in Council Chambers.   

     Contact information: Steve 610-703-8487

COPLAY RECREATION & WELFARE Assn.

     New members are always welcome!  If you are interested in learning more or joining, contact Rick at the number below.  Donations are always greatly appreciated.
     Contact information:  Richard     610-261-0566
     Convalescent equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and canes, is available if needed for one day, an outing over the weekend, or for however long is necessary;    contact  Faye at the number below, requests require 48 hours notice to organize.
     Convalescent Equipment: Faye    610-262-5335

Coplay REC & WELFARE ASSN. FOOD BANK

     -available to any borough resident, proof of residency required, open 2nd Tuesday of each month JANUARY 13 from 9 – 10:30 AM in the municipal building basement.  Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the borough office during business hours.  We  would like to thank the Alliance Fire Co. Northampton, Samuel Owens and the Egypt VFW Ladies Auxiliary for their charitable donations to the Coplay Rec & Welfare Food Bank.

Contact information: Louise   610-262-9351

COPLAYSCHOLARSHIP FUND

     Happy New Year from the CSFC.  If you want to support Coplay kids defray some college, university, technical school or police academy costs, consider a donation to CSFC.  Send check to: CSFC – 19 N 5th St, Coplay, PA 18037
          Contact information: Bill 610-751-2745

COPLAY SPORTS

      Visit our website at www.coplaysports.org or email the address below.  Next meeting - Wednesday, JANUARY 14 at 7:30 PM at Fieldhouse.  

            Contact information: email     coplaysports@rcn.com


COPLAY TOWN WATCH

    
COPLAY TOWN WATCH – Happy New Year from the CTW.  The CTW reorganization meeting is Wednesday, JANUARY 21 at 7 PM in Council Chambers.   We continue our active search for volunteers.  If you have spare time and want to make Coplay a safer, cleaner, better community, join the CTW.  For more information contact call Bill 610-751-2745; Kevin 484-767-3094 or email billleiner@aol.com.

  PROPERTIES OF MERITcommittee wishes you and yours a great holiday season.  If you want to join this fun committee of the Coplay Town Watch, call Bill at 610-751-2745 or Gail 610-262-8325 for more information.

  WATCH WALKS – Join us as we greet neighbors and pick up loose garbage.  Meet at Sam Owen’s Restaurant at 9 AM, Saturday, JANUARY 10 and JANUARY 24.  If the weather is bad, walks are cancelled.

  DOG WALKER WATCHHappy New Year to you and your dog from the DWW.  If you walk your dog and want to improve our community, consider joining the “Dog Walker Watch” (DWW) program.  You will be trained in basic crime prevention techniques.  Call Bill at 610-751-2745 or Carol 610-653 -7762 or email billleiner@aol.com.

  FERAL CAT COMMITTEE – wishes you and your pets a Happy New Year.  If you have a house cat, please keep it indoors.  If you have a house cat (or dog) work to be part of the solution of unwanted animals.  Get your house cat (or dog) spayed or neutered.  The FCC reorganization meeting is Sunday, JANUARY 18 at 2 PM at Samuel Owens Restaurant.  Call Dennis at 610- 967-2471 or Bill 610-751-2745 for more information or interest in joining
 

EXPLORER POST 101 

     -will offer an open house of their model railroad display, located on the 2nd floor of the Coplay Municipal Building, on Saturday, JANUARY 3 and Sunday, JANUARY 4.  From 12 – 4 PM.  Admission is free.  Meetings every Thursday at 7:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Coplay Municipal building. 

Contact information: Dick       610-965-2598

IRONTON RAIL TRAIL

     Our next workday is Saturday, JANUARY 10 (North Whitehall); meet at 8 AM at the Quarry & Portland Sts Trailhead.  Public meeting Tuesday, JANUARY 20 at 7 PM at North Whitehall Township Municipal Building. 

            Contact information: Dale       610-405-1025

SENIOR CITIZENS

     -meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 1 PM at the Fire Building; always looking for New members!
          Contact information: Ann Marie 610-231-8798

SUBURBAN NORTH YMCA

          For a full list of programs and registration information,contact the YMCA or visit their website, click here
          Contact information: YMCA 610-264-5221

EVENTS


AQUA AEROBICS

     -held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7- 8 PM at the Whitehall High School Pool.  The winter session runs JANUARY 6 – February 26.  Cost is $55 for residents, $65 for non-residents.  Please call Whitehall Township Recreation Bureau at 610-437-5524 ext. 160 for more information.

FREE PUBLIC SWIM
      -continues at the Whitehall High School pool, Monday and Wednesday evenings, Family Swim 7 – 8 PM, Adult Swim 8 – 9 PM.  Program resumes JANUARY 5.  Children 10 and under MUST be supervised by a parent or legal guardian.  This activity is for Whitehall/Coplay residents only and a photo ID proving residency is required.


GIRL SCOUTS

      Join the Fun! Serving girls in grades K-12 through weekly meetings and community outings. Contact Stacy Zellner at 610 443-0217 or email, click here to find a troop near you.

AEROBICS

      Is offered Monday 7PM, Wednesday 7 PM & Saturday 8:45 AM at the Municipal Building. Cost is just $1 per class with no attendance requirements. Bring a Mat if you prefer.

LITERACY CENTER

      Is offering Free GED classes at Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6 – 8:30 PM beginning January 31. Call 610-435-0680 ext. 122 for more information or to register. Also see their website for additional programs and volunteer opportunities.