Lehigh Valley

Hanover moves to continue police force agreement

Department serves Hanover, Lower Nazareth

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - Hanover Township, Northampton County, supervisors Tuesday night agreed to draft a resolution to continue with the Colonial Regional Police Department with neighboring Lower Nazareth Township.

Board Chairman John Diacogiannis said the resolution is one of two steps to move forward with Lower Nazareth as Bath prepares to leave the regional police department; the other is creating a new intermunicipal agreement with Lower Nazareth.

Hanover has been meeting regularly with Lower Nazareth and Bath to complete the departure of the borough from the police department. Bath decided to withdraw from the department last year because it could not afford to pay for the service; it is slated to pull out of the department on Jan. 1, 2019, and receive coverage from state police.

Other business

In other matters, the board heard an informal presentation about a planned expansion of the Freshpet Inc. facility on N. Commerce Way in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park IV.

Paul Szewczak of Liberty Engineering said the pet-food maker is running out of capacity and is seeking to add 80,000 square feet to accommodate a growing workforce. He said the facility employs about 225 people, a number that is projected to grow to 280 next year and 180 more after the expansion is complete in two to three years.

He said the project would need some relief from the township’s height and parking regulations, adding that the expansion would not affect the already light truck use at the dog and cat food facility. Szewczak said the facility receives mostly raw meat and packaged goods, and he wanted the board’s input before bringing the project before the Planning Commission.

Freshpet moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2013 and has already constructed a 32,000-square-foot addition to its kitchens.

Hanover Township Manager John Finnigan gave Freshpet a ringing endorsement.

“I would eat this dog food,” he said. “You’d swear it was meant for human consumption.”

As the board moved quickly through its brief agenda, Finnegan acknowledged the husband of township secretary Elizabeth Ritter, who is one of three Americans serving as a hockey official at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Judson Ritter, a linesman and a licensed international hockey official since 2013, will help officiate his first hockey game, between Sweden and Norway, scheduled for 2:30 a.m. Thursday. It will be aired on the NBC Sports Network.

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