Hanover incumbents take oath
Hanover Township held its annual reorganization meeting Jan. 8 as stipulated by the Home Rule Charter. Three incumbents were sworn in by acting township Manager Vicky Roth. The elected incumbents are Bruce Paulus, Curtis Wegfahrt and Robert Heimbecker.
Once the new members were seated, council voted for officers. Bruce Paulus was returned as chairman, and Michael Woolley was elected as vice chairman. These positions are unchanged from last year.
Council also reinstated members on existing committees and commissions. The township will maintain its relationship with Solicitor Jackson Eaton and with Keystone Engineering.
France, Anderson and Basie will continue as the township’s accountants and are auditing the 2017 books. Results of the audit are expected to be released in the spring.
At its end of the year meeting Dec. 27, 2017, council appointed Vicky Roth as acting township manager and Josephine Romano as acting township clerk. The moves were prompted by the abrupt retirement of township Manager Sandra Pudliner.
During the regular meeting conducted after the reorganization meeting, council addressed a proposal for a fireworks storage facility on Race Street, at the former GE building. Fire Chief Robin Yoder expressed some concerns.
“This will be a storage warehouse and a retail location. We need to be sure we have an explosion-proof wall separating the warehouse from the retail area,” he said.
According to Yoder, the plans do include a sprinkler system in the building. There is a zoning hearing board review scheduled for the business.
Paulus emphasized the use is permitted but does require special operating conditions.
In other zoning issues, Creation Fitness Inc., Roble Road, is asking for a variance for lot dimensions. The township planning commission recommended approval for the variance.