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Township honors local state police

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Pres in Local News

At Hanover Township Council’s meeting April 19, council passed a resolution designating May 2 as State Police Day in Hanover.

“The state police work closely with us … this is a little something that we can do to show our appreciation for all their efforts,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said. On May 2, the state police celebrated the anniversary of the organization’s founding.

A ceremony was to be held at the barracks in Bethlehem. Representatives of the township regularly attend the annual event.

In past years, the township has offered to defray some of the expenses for the celebration, but state law forbids donations to police officers, citing a potential conflict of interest.

In other business, the council continued its discussion on proposed improvements to Troxell Street. According to township Engineer Albert Kortze, Bethlehem Water Authority has started the necessary planning for renovating water lines on Troxell Street. The time frame for the improvements is March 2018.

“That would be a good time frame for us … the pavement could settle after the construction, and we could pave Troxell in the fall,” Kortze said.

Troxell Street was scheduled for an overlay in 2017.

At the council’s last meeting, Kortze proposed switching the project at Troxell Street with a project on Postal Road. The Postal Road milling and overlay is scheduled for 2018. At the last meeting, Councilman Bob Heimbecker objected to moving the Postal Road project into the 2017 slot, citing possible damage with an expected increase in truck traffic.

Kortze asked council to revisit the discussion.

“We could get a paving and milling project done on Postal Road now (2017) at a cost of around $370,000,” he said. “We don’t know if we will have problems with all the large projects going on in 2018.”

Kortze was concerned that any delays in expanding Race Street or Airport Road could delay reworking Postal Road. He expressed his concern that existing cracks in the Postal Road asphalt surface could cause problems with the base layer if the cracks are not addressed.

“If we need to push the project to 2019 or beyond, it might be more expensive because we would need to address some deterioration at the base layer,” he said.

Kortze addressed Heimbecker’s concern over truck traffic.

“The portion of the road where we need to pave is pretty straight,” he said. “Trucks cause damage to the roads when they need to make sharp turns. The portion of Postal Road with the turns was repaved in 2016. It will hold up under any additional truck traffic.”

Heimbecker was not able to attend the meeting, so a final decision will be made at the next meeting. Council seems inclined to accept Kortze’s recommendation.

Heimbecker privately approached council with an idea to fill in the lake at Canal Park and convert it to an athletic field. Solicitor Jackson Eaton agreed it would be a good use for the property, but getting the necessary approvals would be near impossible.

Council agreed and elected to defer the project indefinitely.