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Hanover dedicates May 2 as State Police Day

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At its regular meeting April 4, Hanover Township Council passed a resolution proclaiming May 2 as Pennsylvania State Police Day in the township. The beginning of May is celebrated as the birthday of the state police. The township honors the police with recognition and contributes a memorial plaque at the annual event.

“They do a good job for our township,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said.

The township has no official police force and relies on the state police for enforcement.

Township Manager Christopher Garges reported he is pursuing a Department of Conservation and National Resources grant for Hanover’s portion of the D&L trail. Hanover will also be represented on Bethlehem’s Greenway advisory. The goal is to have the D&L connect to the Greenway trail.

The township is scheduled to upgrade its municipal meeting recording system. The present system uses disc recording media. The new system will be all digital, allow for minutes to be processed faster and reduce storage costs. The projected expenditure is $2,300.

Council agreed with the township manager to join the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“I think it will help us attract businesses to the township,” Councilman Robert Heimbecker said.

Council had concerns about the backup of semitrailers along Postal Road. The ongoing problem is a result of trucks waiting to load/unload at the air terminal. The trucks congregate around the gravel area near Postal and Airport roads. The trucks then move further down the road as they are called for a turn at the terminal.

Ryan Myer, of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, has monitored the situation. Approval was granted to expand parking to get trucks off Postal Road and keep the staging area solely on airport property. Garges indicated the lot is nearing completion. State police reported it is watching Postal Road for possible infractions. Officers have received multiple complaints on the situation.

Township Engineer Albert Kortze reported improvements to the Sherwood Park ball field are slated to start around May 7, weather permitting.

“The job should take three or four days,” he said.

The goal is to have the ball field drain better.

There is a rumor that FedEx Ground may open its warehouse early. There is some concern by council over this change. The township has an agreement with Rockefeller Group that the warehouse would not open until the roadwork was complete, now anticipated in the fall. There was also a concern that the existing roadways would not be able to sustain continuous truck traffic.

Solicitor Jackson Eaton reminded council that Rockefeller Group does not own the warehouse so the agreement has little impact on a decision to open the warehouses early.

“Our best option is to work with Allen Township on how to handle the situation,” he said.

Kortze reported that utility improvements are complete on Troxell Street. Heimbecker asked if the final paving coat could be delayed to allow for further settling.

“The bad weather hasn’t allowed it to settle properly. If we wait another 30 or 60 days, I think we would be better served,” Heimbecker said.

Kortze cautioned the township should not delay for too long.

Council also amended its municipal pension plan. It increases the employee contribution to 10 percent.