Hanover Township officials concerned about future of police force


HANOVER TWP., Pa. – The Hanover Township Board of Supervisors granted three separate waivers for a proposed Lehigh Valley Flex Center project during Tuesday night's meeting.

The waivers were formally requested on behalf of developer J.G. Petrucci by Bohler Engineering for the proposed Burgess Flex Center project, located at 3900 Burgess Place in the Northampton County township. The project has already received land development approval from the township.

One of the three waivers nixed the required amount of loading spaces, allowing a reduction from 25 spaces to six. Bohler representative Matthew Chartrand indicated the tenant will only require the reduced amount.

In addition, Chartrand received approval to allow proposed external equipment on the parcel. He said this request was made as silos are needed external to the building for the tenant's manufacturing operation.

The final waiver allowed the construction of outdoor equipment. This is also needed for the manufacturer's operations, according to Chartrand.

The identity of the proposed end-user was not made public during Tuesday night's meeting.

In other news, the 2020 Hanover Township budget was formally distributed to supervisors. It will not formally be released to the public until the body's next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 22.

Township Manager John Finnigan Jr. said the budget "maintains the tax rate."

Finally, supervisors formally established a "pool advisory working group." In discussing their role, Chairman John Diacogiannis said the group will help the township ascertain "options that are out there" to address the township's municipal pool situation. Specifically, Diacogiannis said he wanted the group to provide costs associated with any refurbishment or new pool.

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