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Development of airport land discussed

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Hanover Township Chairman Bruce Paulus reported that he and township Manager Sandra Pudliner met informally with representatives from a New York land development company interested in developing land the airport has available. The plan would involve covering land in Allen and East Allen townships with warehouses.

According to Paulus, the airport is retaining prime development parcels for undefined reasons. The warehouse development would greatly increase truck traffic on Willowbrook Drive and Race Street, Paulus said. He also indicated that zoning ordinances are not conducive to warehouse development. Paulus emphasized the idea has not progressed beyond the talking stage.

In other business, Engineer Fredrick Hay reported that a traffic study to determine the need for a traffic light, conducted on Race Street at Cascade Drive, yielded negative results.

"The numbers weren't even close," he said.

The study was prompted by a fatal accident that occurred when a driver lost control of her vehicle and struck a group of individuals waiting for a bus. According to Hay, of the 900 vehicles that used Race Street during the study period, only eight turned onto Cascade.

The study was needed because Race Street is a state highway.

The township also tentatively awarded a contract for sanitary sewer replacement on Race Street to Doli Construction of Chalfont. Doli bid $317,757. The next lowest bidder R-III Construction came in at $319,466. The township has not worked with Doli previously. Hay will verify that the company can meet the contract specifications.

Also during the meeting, council addressed concerns raised by residents during the public hearing on the A. Duie Pyle vehicle repair shop. Solicitor Jackson Eaton, at the request of council, will review the township's options to prevent trucks from idling on Carmike theater's parking lot.

The theater has resisted efforts to post the parking lot with signs prohibiting the practice. State law does not allow idling.

Eaton has been tasked with determining how to enforce the state law to reduce noise for residents in the Sherwood Park area.

Another point presented during the Pyle discussion involved renaming Hoover Avenue. When Carmike was authorized, a section of Hoover Avenue was closed to prevent theater traffic from crowding onto residential streets. However, GPS systems indicate that traffic can pass over Hoover. Often trucks following GPS coordinates get stuck on the dead end residential spur on Hoover.

A suggestion offered by Peter Latta of A. Duie Pyle and discussed by council is to rename the spur.

According to Councilman Randall Atkinson, there are no residential addresses on the Hoover spur. Eaton will report on his findings.