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Hanover plans street cleaning

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Paul cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Hanover Township streets will soon be cleaner than they have ever been.

At its meeting March 15, the Hanover Township Council approved a plan to clean streets twice a month.

“This will be a change for our residents,” said Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer. “They are used to once-a-year cleaning.”

The plan is to clean streets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning in April. The township will post permanent signs under the existing snow emergency signs.

“We want to get all parked cars off the streets on the cleaning days,” Mouer said. “We realize when we start the program that moving the cars would be new. After we implement the program, cars will be ticketed if they are not moved. Going around cars parked in the street doesn’t meet the goals of the program.”

In another effort to clean up the township, council asked Township Manager Sandra Pudliner to determine a way to tag mobile garbage bins used by stores in the Valley View Shopping Center.

“We get a lot of trash built up there because the lids are not closed,” said Councilman Bob Heimbecker. “We need to have someone responsible for keeping the area free of debris blown around by the wind.”

“It’s hard to ticket a business owner when there is confusion over who owns a given Dumpster,” said John Lemos, one of the township’s code enforcement officers.

Pudliner said she will look into the matter and come up with a plan. She said there was a measure in place with the owner of the shopping center, but that was not effective.

Robert Miller of Brown & Brown, a national insurance broker, asked council for permission to review insurance quotes. Council granted the permission. The township has an existing agreement, with another insurer, that is up for renewal in August.

Heimbecker reported what appears to be a couple of abandoned vehicles at 1818 Tacoma St. Pudliner reported to council that action is underway to have the vehicles properly registered.

Township ordinances forbid storing unregistered vehicles in driveways or on public streets.