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Hanover again names Paulus as chairman

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Council members discuss, suggest revisions to township’s new website

As required by its charter, Hanover Township holds an annual reorganization meeting on the second Monday of the new year.

At the meeting Jan. 14, township Manager Christopher Garges called the meeting to order to elect chairman and vice chairman of council. As expected, Bruce Paulus was nominated and elected as chairman, and Michael Woolley was elected vice chairman. There were no other nominations.

Council proceeded to adopt the existing list of associates and staff for the township. Jackson Eaton will continue as solicitor, and Albert Kortze will represent Keystone Consulting Engineers as the township engineer.

Members of township committees were appointed to fill expiring terms. Mark Thomas, Lawrence Hawk and Douglas Baillie were reappointed to the planning commission. Joe Kirk was reappointed to the recreation commission, and Edgardo Velasquez was appointed to the zoning hearing board.

Garges took the remaining time at the reorganization meeting to discuss the township’s new website, hanleco.org. The new site provides many advantages over the old site. One feature is that it provides a schedule for township parks. Reserved dates appear on the calendar, which makes planning easier. The new website is up and operating. Councilman Bob Heimbecker suggested new headlines to have contact information easily identified.

“If someone has a problem, they should be able to get an email over to a member of council,” he said.

Garges will make tweaks to the system. Residents are encouraged to make suggestions.

Garges reviewed Munilogic, the system the township adopted as its base informational model. Township staff is updating information and entering it into the system. The system is designed to track most municipal functions. It is anticipated that data input will take some time, although the system is yielding results with short-term data entered.

The first regular meeting of the year followed the reorganization meeting.

Garges reported the township, based on recommendations from Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer, is looking for approvals for an electronic monitoring system to warn of gas or dangerous environmental conditions at pumping stations. Council approved the expected cost of $22,000.

A storage trailer located at the abandoned Lukoil site on Airport Road was removed. The township placed various requirements on the owner, which were not addressed. The trailer was removed by a subcontractor hired by the township. The storage trailer has been the subject of various citations over the past three years.

Eaton reported that the final documents turning Willowbrook Road over to the state are complete and in the hands of Rockefeller Group’s representatives. According to Eaton, the developers are completing their final inspections.

Councilman Richard Tocci inquired about the large flocks of crows congregating around Allendale Apartments and near the Airport Road and American Parkway intersection. Mouer replied that the situation is seasonal and the birds should move on in a couple of weeks. However, Mouer mentioned he will monitor the situation.

Tocci asked about the length of signals at Airport Center. It appears from first glance that the signals are not working properly. The signals are designed to sense heat from vehicles to signal changes at the less-traveled intersections. Control of the signals is a township responsibility granted by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Mouer will check on the timing.

Council returns to its regular schedule of meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month beginning in February.