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Monday, May 29, 2017

Hanover Township selects bid to replace Cascade sewer line

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

A pesky clay-pipe sewer line at Cascade Drive has been under a watch for some time. At its meeting April 5, Hanover Township Council approved a bid for just under $200,000 to get a replacement project underway.

There was a wide range of pricing for the project.

“Many of the contractors I talked to have projects stretching out into the late summer, township Engineer Albert Kortze told the council. “There is a lot of infrastructure improvement work out there.”

The winning bidder, Anrich Inc., of Wayne, had a representative present at the bid opening.

Kortze will review the bid package and make sure it complies with all the specifications. Cascade Drive is in the path of an expected expansion of Race Street, planned in anticipation of the additional truck traffic traveling through the township on its way to the FedEx Ground hub under construction on Willowbrook Road in Allen Township.

“I don’t see that this is going to slow expanding the roadways,” Kortze said. “The project is pretty straight-forward.”

Bids for the project ranged past $350,000, at the high end.

In other business at the meeting, the township is cracking down on security systems installed by businesses in the township. A newly proposed ordinance requires service providers, defined as anyone working on a security system, to report outages that last more than eight hours. The measure was introduced at a public hearing, and there was no opposition.

Also at the meeting, Kortze asked the council to delay road improvements on Troxell Street.

“I have talked with Bethlehem Water and they plan to replace the water lines on Troxell because they are having so many problems with leaks in the area,” he said. “I recommend that we delay the project until after they get done.”

The council agreed with the recommendation.

Kortze also asked the board to move up a project to mill and repave Postal Road, scheduled for 2018. Councilman Bob Heimbecker voiced an objection to Kortze’s plan.

“We don’t know how much additional traffic will get directed to Postal Road once the FedEx warehouse becomes operational,” he said. “We don’t need to be in a situation where we have trucks turning the road into a washboard.”

The council agreed with Heimbecker and will wait and see the impact of FedEx traffic on the township’s roads.

The council appointed Robert Gifford to an open position on the township’s zoning hearing board. Gifford served on the board for several years. He had a job that did not allow him to attend meetings. According to Chairman Bruce Paulus, who actively recruited Gifford for the position, Gifford has retired and can now attend board meetings.

“This is a great chance for us to fill a vacancy on the board with someone that has a lot of experience,” he said.