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Resident complains after loss of evergreen trees

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by paul cmil Special to The Press in Local News

At the regular meeting of Hanover council on July 20, township homeowner Robin Yoder residing in Chestnut Grove, complained to council members about the loss of a line of arborvitae trees along his property.

The tree line had blocked the view of the backside of the Days Inn Motel on Airport Road. The trees were recently removed when a sewer line was repaired. Plans did not call for the trees to be replaced.

“I would advise against putting trees on top of an existing sewer line,” said Albert Kortze, the township engineer. “There is a problem with roots damaging the sewer, and we would need to dig the trees up if we ever needed to repair the line.”

“We did not consider the view and the noise attenuation when we were making the decision [to keep the buffer free of trees],” he said.

Yoder, who is the township’s Han-Le-Co fire chief, was equally adamant about restoring some sort of barrier. “These trees grew some 30 feet high,” he said. “We waited a long time to see them grow. This is a loss to my property value.”

A new proposal calls for a six-foot-high fence, an option Yoder considers inadequate. According to Kortze, the tree line removed was around 250 feet long.

The council agreed to look at alternatives, one of which is a concrete barrier.

In other business, Kortze provided the council with an overview of the intersection of Irving Street, Airport Center Drive and Cedar Hill Drive. The intersection is a back entrance to Airport Center Mall. When the traffic study was completed during the early opening of Airport mall, the study recommended three stop signs at the intersection. There is no stop sign on North Irving Road. The three-stop intersection is a rare intersection and has been blamed for several accidents in the area. Motorists assume that the traffic on North Irving will stop and they move forward into the intersection. Kortze explained to the board he wants to have a new traffic survey.

“The intersection is confusing now, and I think there is justification for a change based on the increase in traffic,” he said. Council gave Kortze approval to move forward with the study.

Kortze also announced bids for the township’s road improvement program will be opened at council’s Aug. 3 meeting.

Postal Road has been closed since July 25. The closure will last for six days while crews replace a culvert under the roadway.