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Hanover views MuniLogic technology

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

Council members want to upgrade township’s information system

Scot DeCristofaro, of Carroll Engineering Corporation in Warrington, led a demonstration of the company’s MuniLogic system June 20 before Hanover Township’s regular meeting.

The system was impressive with a host of options to allow differing data searches. DeCristofaro encouraged council to allow users to search for specific data that would be useful to the township. The program covers all municipal operations and gives the township an infinite variety of data compilations.

Council is looking at various systems in an effort to upgrade its information system while improving service to residents. No one is complaining about the level of service provided by the township. Tax rates remain the lowest in the state, and service is top rated. The emphasis on a new system is keeping with the township’s continued push to improve its operational efficiency.

At the regular meeting, Councilman Bob Heimbecker noted no one is immune to tickets issued by code enforcement during street sweeping. He presented township Manager Christopher Garges with a ticket.

Garges has hired two new interns — one concentrating on data entry and another on outside maintenance.

Township Engineer Albert Kortze reported the Sherwood Park improvements are complete. The baseball field is still off limits while the field matures from the construction work.

Heimbecker and Garges explained the outcomes of the freight study conducted by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. There are additional warehouses proposed, one being in Hanover, but the total impact of additional freight is expected to be minimal. Improvements to Race Street are proceeding and are bit delayed because relocating utilities was more intense than anticipated. Expanding Race Street is key to controlling the truck traffic expected from the new warehouse operations.

Troxell Street was a focus of discussion. The 2018-19 road improvement proposal is to rebuild the northern end of the street. The concern among council is that Troxell is prone to sink holes. Kortze proposed having the street inspected to determine if there is a problem.

“It seems as if we should not be pouring money into a full rebuild if we don’t have an idea of where these sink holes form,” Councilman Curtis Wegfahrt said.

Most of council lives in the general area, and while the northern end of the street has a problem with poor soils, the southern part of the street has few problems. Council is curious why the disparity exists. Kortze reported there are no known problems but did offer to get the subterrain geology assessed.

Heimbecker is still disappointed with the condition of repairs made by Bethlehem Water Authority’s subcontractor. He claims some patches are above the road bed while others are below. Wegfahrt verified the assessment. Kortze did not feel the patches were a problem but did commit to investigating the situation. Heimbecker and Wegfahrt cited the repairs on Hoover as examples of what they expect.

Council embarked on a long and generally unfruitful discussion on how to implement changes to the township’s fireworks ordinance. The state recently changed the rules on fireworks. Hanover council wants to ensure no fireworks available to the general public are released in the township; only approved, professionally displayed fireworks are permissible.