Hanover officials reappointed
Hanover Township is governed by a Home Rule Charter that requires all officials and any consulting firms contracted by the township be appointed or reappointed annually.
A couple of years ago, the reorganization meeting yielded some unexpected results, but generally, most of the positions filled are reappointments.
In the two key positions on council, Bruce Paulus was appointed chairman and J. Robert Heimbecker was appointed vice chairman at the reorganizational meeting in January.
"Reappointing to fill positions gives all of us a chance every year to look at how the township is operating," Paulus said.
The process can be lengthy.
Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt suggested to Solicitor Jackson Eaton that the process be streamlined in the future.
"Could we just submit a slate of candidates for the various positions?" he asked. "If there is disagreement on a specific assignment, then that appointment could be pulled from the list and voted on separately."
Eaton agreed to the premise and in the appointment process will be changed in 2016.
Other appointments for 2015 included reappointing Berkheimer Associates as tax collector, Jackson Eaton as township solicitor and Keystone Consulting Engineers as Township Engineer.
Mark Thomas, Douglas Baillie and Robert Hess were reappointed to the planning commission. Dean Housman was reappointed to the zoning hearing board. Jeanne Rossi was reappointed to the recreation commission and to the Catasauqua library board.
Richard Cernok was reappointed to the building board of appeals. Sandra Pudliner was appointed as deputy tax collector.
The council also approved the emergency operations plan without revision.