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Traffic Consultant’s Issue Delaying New Hanover Fire Department Substation
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A plan by the New Hanover Fire and Rescue Service to complete its second station, located at 513 Schultz Road, has been delayed by concerns expressed by the township's traffic consultant.

            Failure to comply with the consultant's recommendations could lead to the municipality withdrawing a previously issued building permit, according to Manager Jamie Gwynn. Township officials will withhold the occupancy permit until all the issues are addressed, according to supervisors Chairman Chuck Garner.

            On Monday night, Deputy Chief William Moyer and John Aston, the project's engineer, appeared at the board of supervisors meeting seeking clarity regarding the issue with Sandy Kozer, a project manager from McMahon Transportation Engineers and Planners.

            According to Moyer, Kozer's main concern is a stormwater pipe that will be installed along Route 663 at the end of a narrowed driveway exiting the sub-station. After the meeting, Moyer said he did not know her specific objections.

            "I don't know if the consultant's concerns are based on an ordinance or her personal recommendation," he said during the meeting. "This is a battle I don't want to fight."

            Aston told the supervisors that the fire company has received a required permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. According to Moyer, the agency recommended the installation of an 18-inch underground pipe along Route 663.

            In September, the company purchased the 2.91 acre parcel from Tracy and Troy Heuer for $55,000 to construct a substation to cover the northern end of the township. According to Moyer, completion will allow fire fighters to cover every municipal resident within four minutes. He said construction of the facility is approximately 50 percent complete, and that the initial goal was to be moved in this month.

            "We need to get this resolved for the benefit of township residents," Moyer said Tuesday afternoon.

            According to Gwynn, the board waived the company's requirement to complete the land development process in November so long as it agreed to comply with all requests issued by the township's consultants.

            Garner said he did could not say if the concerns raised by Moyer and Aston were correct or not because he is not an expert on traffic. The supervisor added that the members pay Kozer for her advice on the issue, and that he hoped the fire company would want to set a good example "by following all the rules."

            In other news, a motion to allow alcohol at the township's Fall Frolic event failed when it did not receive a second. Prior to the vote, Garner announced his opposition, saying that he didn't think it was appropriate at a family themed event.

            "I enjoy alcohol as much as the next guy," he said. "But I don't view the Fall Frolic as an adult swim. I believe allowing a beer garden, for example, would send the wrong message."

            The supervisors also promoted Det. Dekkar Dyas, a member of the New Hanover Township Police Department, to corporal.





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