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Hanover Township delays decision on RV parking

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by paul cmil Special to The Press in Local News

At Hanover Township Council’s meeting May 18, a debate continued on an ordinance to ban recreational vehicle parking on public streets.

When council discussed the issue at their previous meeting, a proposal was made to put a time limit that a vehicle could park on public roadways in the township. Council also asked the solicitor to define a recreational vehicle. Solicitor Jackson Eaton amended his recommendation adding the definition and a time limit of three days.

The drafting of an ordinance was prompted by a complaint from Ricki Bonn, president of the Chestnut Grove Homeowners’ Association.

He said a recreational vehicle is parked along Ronca Boulevard in such a manner that sight lines make it difficult to navigate at a nearby crossroad.

The RV in question is estimated to be 45 to 50 feet long.

“You can see at the corner if a car is parked there, but trucks and something as large as the RV create a problem,” he said.

At the May 18 meeting, council members discussed the cause of the problem.

“We only have the problem in one area with one person,” Councilman Robert Heimbecker said.

Councilmen Robert Lawlor and Curtis Wegfahrt joined the conversation, asking why the ordinance is being changed as a result of one instance.

Lawlor made a suggestion to install “No parking here to corner” signs.

Township Manager Sandra Pudliner commented parking in the area is a problem and suggested further restrictions might cause more problems for residents.

Eaton suggested that code enforcement officers cite the owner, using a rule on the books that prohibits vehicles weighing over 11,000 pounds from parking on the street.

Council members decided to continue a review of the ordinance at the next council session.

In other business, township Engineer Albert Kortze reported the tennis court paving is complete.

He said the next step in the rejuvenation process is to install the fencing.

This is expected to get underway in the next couple of weeks.

“We need to let the new surface season for at least 10 days before we coat it. That will be the last phase of the project,” he said.

No definite date was set for opening the courts for play.

Also at the meeting, Heimbecker asked Pudliner to draft a request to the community affairs officer at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks asking for an update on the heroin problem facing area communities.