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Council okays resolutions, ordinances

During the Hanover Township, Lehigh County, Council meeting May 3, council passed two resolutions, a conditional use correction, a hearing and ordinance adoption and accepted a proposed settlement.

Resolution 2023-38 granted final land development approval for the Patriot American Parkway Lot 3 warehouse to Exeter 1112 American Land LLC at 1112 American Parkway, Allentown.

Resolution 2023-39 provided preliminary/final land development approval for Sysco Corporation’s Lot 5B at 865 Willowbrook Road.

An open record to correct the conditional use for Sysco, Lot 5A at 800 Willowbrook Road was accepted by council.

Council held a public hearing to introduce bill 2023-02 as an ordinance in chapter 27, sections 27-201, 27-402 and adding section 27-1105 of the statutory code of Hanover Township, which is the zoning ordinance. It establishes food processing, preparation, packaging and related distribution permitted as a conditional use and establishing the dimensional standards for such use and special conditions for such adjoining a residential zoning district.

Council introduced bill 2023-03, amending chapter 16 of the statutory code. It adds a new part four, establishing rules and regulations for the use of the portion of the D&L Trail in Hanover Township.

The ordinance prohibits the use of motorized vehicles, fire, cooking, consumption of alcoholic beverages, obstructions, entering or exiting at unauthorized points, solicitation, weapons, disorderly conduct and environmental disturbance, regulates animals, special events and open hours and fixing penalties for violation of the rules.

Council also approved the proposed settlement of the Target real estate tax appeal.

All resolutions and ordinances are available for view to the public by contacting the township office.

Township Manager Melissa Wehr requested township residents mark their calendar for the 2023 Hanover Township Community Night, scheduled for 4-7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. More information will be forthcoming.

Wehr also reported the township is reviewing the process of updating its comprehensive plan for inclusion in the River Central Comprehensive Plan, which is being developed with assistance from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

River Central Lehigh Valley is a multimunicipal effort that includes Catasauqua Borough, East Allen Township, Hanover Township, North Catasauqua Borough and Northampton Borough. Visit planrivercentral.org for more information.

Wehr noted the quality and satisfaction of Hanleco employees are evidenced by the long tenure of some of the 11 township employees. Vicky Roth and Forrest Graver celebrated their 35th anniversary with the township this year. Other long-termers include Joe Fragnito with 32 years, Dave Strongowski with 26 years, Steve Rusyn with 25 years and Pina Romano with 24 years.

That is a collective 177 years of service to the township.

The next Hanover Township, Lehigh County, Council meeting will be held 7 p.m. June 7 at the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.