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Hanover Twp. invests in Colonial Regional Police Commission

Township to contribute more than $1.8 million

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Hanover Township has approved a more than $1.8 million commitment to the Colonial Regional Police Commission for 2018.

Supervisors in the Northampton County township approved the motion during Tuesday night's meeting.

It confirms the township's continued association with the law enforcement agency for 2018.

Prior to the vote, Chairman John Diacogiannis said the township continues to "make progress" with Lower Nazareth Township in creating the revised agreement and terms of the police force.

Earlier this year the borough of Bath, the third member of the Colonial Regional Police Department, seceded from the three municipality department due to financial issues.

Diacogiannis added that he was "pleased" with the negotiations with Lower Nazareth and "confident" they would "keep working" to reach an amicable agreement.

The chairman also added that there had been "no negotiations" with Bath about their exit.

"We hope to do that in the near future," Diacogiannis said.

Bath voted July 12 to leave Colonial Regional, effective January 1, 2019.

In other news, supervisors consented to advertising a total of three public meetings or hearings regarding proposed ordinances on a variety of topics.

Those topics include a taxpayer bill of rights, a business park in the AFHBD zoning district, and the volunteer service credit program.

They also authorized the sale of township assets, namely gym equipment, from the community center.

"It's 17 years old, it don't work, and there is no such thing as replacement parts," was how township Manager John Finnigan Jr. summarized the impetus behind the decision to sell.

Also, Diacogiannis announced that he received a letter of resignation earlier Tuesday evening from Joan Rosenthal, a member of the zoning hearing board in her second tour of duty.

Rosenthal has logged several years of service to the township in various capacities, serving as a township supervisor from 1987 through 1999. For 10 years prior to that, she was a member of the township's zoning hearing board and planning commission.

Diacogiannis announced that the ZHB's alternate member, Barbara Baldo, will take Rosenthal's place. He added supervisors will need to select a new alternate member to replace Baldo.

Supervisor John Nagle was absent from Tuesday night's meeting.

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