Hanover reviews options to prevent local fishing
The Hanover Township Council wants to ensure residents and nonresidents alike are not fishing in the Catasauqua Lake.
Councilman Bruce E. Paulus iasked council and Solicitor Jackson Eaton III during the July 17 meeting about remedies available to the township for citizens fishing in the controlled area of the lake.
Township Manager Sandra Pudliner said it is a violation of the township ordinance to fish in the lake.
Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Mouer said the township can have a fish study done determining whether it may or may not harvest fish, which will lead to the state monitoring the lake. Mouer added the cost of the study is $12,000.
"The problem is, your township ordinance will turn into a state fish ordinance," Mouer said. Mouer also said there are not many state game and fish wildlife officers in the area throughout the year to enforce such a statute.
While the township does not have the authority to arrest, Eaton advised the township can cite individuals who are illegally fishing in the lake, but whoever issues the citation must be able to identify the person.
"It's like any other code violation, you can issue citations," Eaton said.
"The state is only going to enforce its own regulations," added Eaton.
"We spent $8,000 on fish already. I don't want to be funding everyone in the Lehigh Valley," Paulus said.
Councilman William Kovacs Jr. asked Eaton to research the issue further and report back to council in the future with his findings as to what options the township has available to it.
In other business, council agreed to draft and forward a letter to the Lehigh County Board of Elections requesting the election polling place for township residents change back from the Han-Le-Co Fire Department to the township municipal building located at 2202 Grove Road.
"This is the taxpayer's house," said Councilman Frank Dreisbach of the municipal building.
During the meeting, Pudliner also reported the new township website is nearly complete. She anticipates it will be available to the public within two months.