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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Is this a mobile home or a storage unit? Hanover Township and the owner of this property are in disagreement. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Is this a mobile home or a storage unit? Hanover Township and the owner of this property are in disagreement.
A Troxell Street home, damaged in a fire recently, is cleared of debris and fenced in. The owners are working with an insurance company on a final settlement for the damages. A Troxell Street home, damaged in a fire recently, is cleared of debris and fenced in. The owners are working with an insurance company on a final settlement for the damages.

Cell towers, fire damage, trailer on Hanover Township agenda

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton is preparing a revision to the township zoning ordinance regarding cell towers for the council's approval.

The revision was called for at the April 1 council meeting, where township Manager Sandra Pudliner reported Hanover's zoning hearing board had approved a cell tower in office park LVIP III on Marcon Boulevard.

Verizon Wireless had requested the tower to increase capacity in the immediate area. There was some opposition to the request, but it was handled by the hearing board.

"This had to go before the hearing board because we don't have any regulations on how to set towers in our business parks," Pudliner said.

In other business, township engineer Ryan Christman reported on water pressure testing at Sherwood Park.

At an earlier council meeting, the council had asked Christman to look into reports of low water pressure in residential units around Sherwood Park.

"Bethlehem Water (Authority) has been testing the lines and there is a problem, but they have not determined if it is a leak or a pump failure," he said.

There is some suspicion the problem could be related to pavement that is sinking on Troxell Street.

According to Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt, the dip in the street is getting progressively worse. Wegfahrt initially reported the problem in January.

Also at the meeting, Councilman Robert Heimbecker inquired about the burned-out property on Troxell Street.

Pudliner said the family is exploring rebuilding the house. A dispute between the insurance company and the homeowner involves the foundation, she said.

Pudliner asked council to take action against the Lukoil station on property near Gregory's Restaurant. A storage trailer on the property is not in compliance with township regulations.

The owner has taken out a permit to bring the trailer up to standards but has failed to do the work.

Eugene Clatter, who heads the planning commission in Allen Township, responded to questions from council members about traffic from Allen's FedEx project.

Council members expressed concern about future expansion, but Clatter explained the area would limit development to around 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space. The traffic projections were based on 3.2 million square feet.