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Hanover awards two bid contracts

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Sherwood Park, Lloyd St. projects moving forward

Hanover Township received bids on two projects at its April 4 meeting.

The much-talked-about improvement at the Sherwood Park softball field garnered only one bid. Grace Industries was awarded the project with a bid of $28,566.60. Township Engineer Albert Kortze said the bid was better than expected. The township is now ready to move forward with improvements at Sherwood Park. New tennis courts were completed last year.

The second bid was for a sewer replacement project on lower Lloyd Street. Arich Inc. was the low bidder at $220,111. The company worked with the township on a previous project and has a good reputation. The other bids received were competitive. Only $5,000 separated the winning bid. The bids were within the budgeted range.

These two bids are the last of the township’s conventional bidding process. Council passed an ordinance to allow the township to receive bids electronically. The ordinance was aimed to allow the township to use PennBid, a software package that has gained acceptance across the state.

“We did not restrict language to PennBid. The township is free to use any electronic software it finds useful,” Solicitor Jackson Eaton said.

Council granted approval to Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA) for a new hangar designated as Hangar 11. The hangar is designed to allow the airport to continue to serve its growing population of private aircraft.

Upon the recommendation of township Manager Christopher Garges, council modified its municipal pension. According to Garges, the present system allows new employees to receive employment benefits at the date of employment. The only exception is the pension plan. The present plan vests employees after five years of service. The modifications will allow new employees to receive a 20-percent vested interest on each year of employment until the five-year anniversary is celebrated. The change does not affect any existing employees; all have more than five years of service.

Rick Albertson, of Airport Associates, floated a proposal past council for a development on vacant land at the corner of Airport Road and American Parkway. Albertson presented a proposal to council last year that included retail space and an apartment complex.

Council nixed the project because the shared property did not meet the township’s goals. Most of the residential units were in Hanover Township, and the retail stores were in Allentown. The township prefers retail/office development on the Hanover portion of the property.

Albertson’s latest proposal includes both retail and apartments yet adjusts the layout so that retail is also situated in Hanover while some of the apartments would have a good look at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Council President Bruce Paulus, who led the opposition against the previous plan, was inclined to look favorably at the latest proposal.