Paulus re-elected council chairman
Hanover Township, Lehigh County, Council gathered for the 2023 reorganization meeting Jan. 9.
Bruce Paulus was reelected to serve as chairman of council. He was nominated by Robert Heimbecker, and the motion was seconded by Michael Woolley.
Woolley also nominated Heimbecker to take over his position as vice chairman, which was unanimously approved by council.
There were also administrative and board positions up for reappointment during the meeting. Many roles were left unchanged, including Jackson Eaton III as the township attorney and Al Kortze as township engineer.
Both Kortze and Eaton thanked council for reappointing them to their positions.
There were some new additions to the roster, including the appointment of Kathy Armellino to the township recreation commission and the zoning hearing board. Eamon Murray was appointed to serve as an alternate to the zoning board. This is the first time the township has filled an alternate position for this board.
The complete list of township roles can be found at hanleco.org.
Following the voting portion of the meeting, township Manager Melissa Wehr provided some details on what council can expect to see completed this year. She mentioned the finalization of several projects, such as the River Central multimunicipal plan, Allendale sewer line upgrades and the Catasauqua Road Valley Plaza upgrade.
Wehr also mentioned there may be more grand openings coming to the township this year, as there have been new inquiries with the township business office.
Following the reorganization meeting, council moved forward with a regular meeting. Kortze provided a quick update on the Allendale sewer project, saying slip lining is the next step in the project and is set to begin the week following this meeting.
In other business, Wehr confirmed Heimbecker will be representing the council at the 2023 PSATS annual conference, planned for April 23-26 in Hershey. The conference offers networking opportunities for township officials and employees and has a large municipal exhibit show.