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Road improvement delayed

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

The repaving of Postal Road will not be completed until the spring, following a decision by the Hanover Township Council.

At the council's Oct. 15 meeting, township Engineer Frederick Hay asked council to defer the road improvement project.

"The concern is the weather and the time we have to get this done," he said. "The contractor will hold his prices firm."

Council granted the delay. While some preliminary work has been done, the paving portion of the project has not been completed.

Also at the meeting, residents Trava Soltis and Brian Woefle expressed their concerns over a proposed shopping mall on Lloyd Street.

The developer has floated a proposal that would allow the township to vacate Lloyd Street, making it part of the new mall. The couple resides at 1635 North Halstead, which is a dead-ended road off Lloyd Street. Soltis expressed her concern over access and an increase in traffic.

"There isn't a whole lot we can do to stop the development because they own the property," said Council Chairman Bruce Paulus. According to Councilman Michael Wooley, council did restrict the developer to smaller stores and not a big box store. The developer has not submitted formal plans or indicated who the potential tenants would be.

The couple can make their concerns known at a future planning and zoning hearing.

In other business, PNC Bank representatives presented the council with an option to collect payments with credit cards. However, undesirable transaction fees put a stop to consideration of the program. Paulus asked the representatives if automatic withdrawals were an option for customers. Automatic withdrawals are an option, but the process also incurs a fee.

Residents have the option of sending bank-issued checks from their online bank accounts to the township to pay for bills, for which there is no fee.