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Hanover seeks to improve plaza entrance

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Council gives go-ahead to apply for grants to install crosswalk at bus stop

At the June 5 meeting of Hanover Township Council, Manager Christopher Garges discussed two grant applications the township is pursuing for improvements at the entrance to Valley Plaza.

“The bus stop is a high traffic stop for LANTA. There is a bus stop on the mall side of the street, but nothing on the other side. The grant would allow us to install a crosswalk and make the area safer for bus riders,” he said.

Township Engineer Albert Kortze explained that improving the area is more than just painting a crosswalk on the road.

“We will need to follow PennDOT standards, and there are a number of other details that will need to be followed,” he said.

Council gave the approval to pursue the grants. The application has the full support of LANTA, which Garges indicated should boost the project’s priority.

In other business, Garges reported on a meeting he attended on the D&L trail. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is actively seeking to improve the trail from Hanover to North Catasauqua.

“This is the last gap in the trail, and the meeting was part of the planning to make the improvements,” he said.

Catasauqua and North Catasauqua are also involved. Garges noted the plan called for two trails on either side of the river. A bridge is envisioned to connect the trails and create a 14-mile loop.

The township received bids for a pole barn on Postal Road to serve Han-Le-Co Fire Department. The low bid was $124,356.

Repairs to Catasauqua Road and Pump Station 1 were awarded. The low bid was $424,857.

Councilman Robert Heimbecker asked Garges to follow through with Catasauqua Area School District to move the school bus stop in the Sherwood development.

“One of the students reports she was preyed upon by a stranger,” Heimbecker said. “She has a picture of the vehicle, and the matter was referred to the state police.”

The bus stop is at a dead-end intersection. Heimbecker suggested moving it closer to the park so that the students could be seen better.

Council agreed to put a limit on temporary signs used for special sales or events. The ordinance restricts the time the signs can be in use to 120 days.

At the recommendation of Solicitor Jackson Eaton, council approved an easement purchase for a sewer easement along Willowbrook Road. The easement crosses a flag lot that exists behind warehouse properties. The owner agreed to the easement and the purchase price.