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Hanover Township gets results from sinkhole study

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Council to review recommendation of hiring geologist to confirm issues

At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Nov. 7, Richard Lee, of Quantum Geophysics, reported his findings on a study regarding a stretch of Troxell Street.

The area around Troxell and Taft streets experienced several substructure problems, at least one of which was suspected to cause a water line break. Council wrestled with the problem for months while repairs were made to fix broken water lines.

The township plans to pave the road in 2019 and did not want to see the new road collapse. Past problems indicated sinkholes might be prevalent, but there was no corroborating evidence. Last month, the township hired Quantum Geophysics to do a sounding in the area with ground-penetrating radar to determine if sinkholes were prevalent.

In his presentation, Lee indicated there were weaknesses in the substrate near the intersection of Taft and Troxell streets. Other areas were deemed potential problem sites. Lee suggested the township hire a geologist to confirm his findings and make physical borings to determine the extent of the problem.

Council took no action on the proposal but agreed to do a detailed review of the report.

Melissa Grube and Paul Mack, of Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits LLP, made a presentation to council outlining their support for auditing services. The township is looking at cost and services of an auditor for 2019. Township Manager Christopher Garges acknowledged there are no reported or suspected problems with the current auditor, but the township was exercising its obligations to see what other services are offered. Other auditors will make presentations before the end of the year.

Council moved its next regular meeting from Nov. 21 to Nov. 19 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting time is changed from the traditional 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The final meeting of the month is expected to review the township’s budget for 2019.

The township has a list of differing requirements for stormwater management and sediment control around the Monocacy Creek watershed. The township has two other watershed areas — Catasauqua Creek and Lehigh River basin 4 — in addition to Monocacy Creek.

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is focused on Monocacy Creek improvements. The township held a public hearing to create a separate administrative category for Monocacy Creek. The new category will dictate requirements for developers proposing improvements along Monocacy Creek.