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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILTrucks are seen parked along Postal Road on airport property. According to the township engineer, the trucks are waiting to unload aircraft and move cargo to a warehouse. Parking is permitted by the airport, despite the sign. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILTrucks are seen parked along Postal Road on airport property. According to the township engineer, the trucks are waiting to unload aircraft and move cargo to a warehouse. Parking is permitted by the airport, despite the sign.
A house at Tacoma Drive has been abandoned by its owner, with a dog trapped inside. A house at Tacoma Drive has been abandoned by its owner, with a dog trapped inside.

Dog is abandoned on Tacoma Street property

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Hanover Township authorities looked into the status of a Tacoma Street property after receiving complaints from residents.

At Hanover Council’s May 17 meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner updated council members on the status of the house.

“The property appears to be taken over by the bank,” she said. “Base Engineering Company has a contract to maintain the property.”

Councilman Bob Heimbecker had expressed his concern over the property at prior meetings. According to Heimbecker, there were several unregistered cars parked in the driveway, and the property was not maintained.

“The neighbors reported there was a dog on the premises,” he said. “People often leave a dog behind to guard the property and make it difficult for anyone to enter.”

Township and bank representatives were prepared when they went to secure the house.

“There was a pit bull in the house, but he gave little resistance,” Heimbecker said. “He was malnourished and locked up.”

The dog was taken to a local no-kill shelter.

“The living conditions were appalling,” Heimbacker said. “The floors were covered with feces.”

Police were notified and will file charges against the previous homeowner under animal cruelty laws.

Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt asked about the status of another problem home in the township, located on Troxell Street. Contractors have been working on the property although it has not been inspected by the township.

“They are not going to be able to sell the property until it is brought up to code,” Pudliner said.

Heimbecker, who missed the council’s previous meeting, asked about the rationale for moving up repaving work on Postal Road. The work was originally scheduled for 2018.

Township Engineer Alfred Kortze identified problem areas, surface cracking being the major concern. There is an opening in the schedule for 2017. Troxell Road, in dire need of repairs, is delayed while underground utilities are replaced.

Kortze does not want to do two paving projects in the same year. Kortze contends that moving the paving overlay project to 2019 could cause problems with the base layer and require additional expense.

Heimbecker wants to delay the project to see the level of truck traffic diverted to Postal Road once the FedEx Ground project was complete.

In a related concern, Wegfahrt asked for an explanation on the tractor-trailers parked along Postal Road.

“They are parked on airport property,” he said.

“They are waiting to be called to unload cargo planes,” Kortze said.

According to Wegfahrt, there is a “No Truck Parking” sign on the gravel lot along Postal Road.

Kortze reported that only authorized trucks are allowed to park along Postal Road.

“The airport is going to provide parking on its property, so these trucks can be closer to the planes,” he said. “There is a future provision for a sorting warehouse on the airport. “Once everything is in place, the problem will get resolved.”

The council reluctantly released security funds to FedEx. According to Kortze, the work done for stormwater retention and other projects in Hanover Township is complete. Council members noted the road expansion is far from complete. There are security funds in place to cover problems with completing the roadwork.