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Monday, December 11, 2017

Hanover awaiting response on Saylor stormwater problem

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At Hanover Council’s regular meeting Oct. 4, township Engineer Albert Kortze updated council on a complaint of stormwater problems at Saylor Mobile Home Park. The park has had problems with stormwater for several years, but the problem has escalated in the past few months.

The issue appears to be an increase in stormwater directed to a repository near the mobile home park and a parking lot expansion by FL Smidth that changed the character of the detention pond.

Kortze discussed options with the City of Bethlehem, which has ultimate jurisdiction over the flow of stormwater. According to Kortze, Bethlehem officials are looking into the matter. The plan is to follow up with FL Smidth if Bethlehem fails to take action.

“We think it is best if the City of Bethlehem address this with FL Smidth,” he said. “[Bethlehem officials] may have better contacts with [FL Smidth representatives].”

Status of the FedEx Ground work on Willowbrook Road was also a subject of discussion at the meeting.

Solicitor Jackson Eaton indicated all legal agreements and easements are in place. Kortze countered the delay in getting the approvals stalled the construction process.

“The contractor mobilized all his equipment in June and then demobilized while waiting for everything to be approved,” he said.

Preparation work on airport property has been completed. There is no scheduled date for resumption of work on Willowbrook. The highway work is expected to cause some disruption to those who use the road. Council released $78,000 in retained funds to Rockefeller for work it has completed.

In other business, council held a public hearing on its cell tower ordinance. The latest proposal restricts where cell towers can be erected in the township. According to Eaton, the local ordinance may have some minor conflicts with the state law. The idea is the differences could be worked out if the conflict escalated.

“We don’t want to see cell towers popping up everywhere in the township,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said.

The township’s budget process begins 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the municipal building. The meetings continue every Monday at the same time and place until the budget is finalized.

Township Manager Sandra Pudliner set trick-or-treat night for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27.