Sinkholes plague lake
Recent repairs made at Hanover Lake have failed to stop a problem with a receding water level.
At the Nov. 19 Hanover Township Council meeting, township Engineer Frederick Hay reported that a repair implemented earlier in the month did not fix the situation.
"The water level was still dropping after we repaired the sinkhole," he said.
At council's previous meeting, Hay had identified a sinkhole that needed an emergency repair and council had authorized funds.
"Normally, the grout used to repair a sinkhole would flow into the other hole, but it didn't happen," he explained.
Two years ago, the township spent over half a million dollars to improve the former Catasauqua Lake. the improvements included draining the lake, dredging the bottom to make the lake deeper, installing a semi-permeable grout as a base, constructing islands and piers, and then restocking the lake with fish.
After the expenditure, council renamed the lake Hanover Lake.
"We have a significant investment in the lake and Canal Park," said Hay. "We should go ahead and make sure we seal off this latest sinkhole."
The council authorized the emergency expenditure.
In other business, the council awarded its recycling contract to Mascaro. Based on a presentation made by the company two months ago, recycling will be full-stream comingled recycling.
"We should see an increase in recycling," said Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt. "Everything for recycling gets put into one container. There is no need to separate anything out."
Mascaro will provide new recyclable containers for every homeowner.
Council reviewed its 2015 preliminary budget and will make final changes at its meeting on Dec. 3. According to the township's Home Rule Charter, the budget will be adopted at a special meeting Dec. 30.
Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer updated the council on the status of the leaf pickup machine, which had been down for repairs and is now operational.
"It will work to get us caught up," he said. "The mechanic suggested that we consider selling this one now while it is working and getting a new one." The projected cost for a new one is $40,000. The present machine was purchased in 1998 and is scheduled for replacement in 2016.
The council will consider putting a new machine in the 2015 budget.
Also at the meeting, the council opened sealed bids to replace sanitary sewer systems along Catasauqua Road. The designated low bidder was Joao Bradley Construction Company with a bid of $154,960. The township engineer will review the bid for completeness.
At council's last meeting, the Rockefeller Group, designated as the lead developer for the FedEx warehouse facilities in Allen Township, asked council to consider a request to expedite approvals needed for expanded roadways in Hanover. The township did receive correspondence from the developer, but did not have sufficient time to review the documents.
The council had indicated in earlier meetings it is opposed to an expedited process. Chairman Bruce Paulus asked council members to review the developer's documents. Details will be addressed at the Dec. 3 council meeting.