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New Hanover Square Road Bridge Closed Indefinitely
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent

            Upper Perkiomen Valley residents who like to take a short cut to route 422 via New Hanover Square Road be warned: you'll have to turn around.

            State Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-147th District, attended the New Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, and announced that the bridge over Swamp Creek on New Hanover Square Road had been closed earlier in the day due to a failed inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

            The bridge, built in 1934, will be closed indefinitely. Detours include routes 73, 663, and Swamp Pike.

            A reanalysis of the weight capacity caused the closure, according to a text from Toepel. She wrote in a Sept. 11 text that PennDOT was scheduled to inspect the bridge on Aug. 29. According to the legislator, she said it was scheduled to be replaced in a few years.

            "I hope it gets moved up the list," Toepel said.

            In law enforcement news, township manager Jamie Gwynn reported that the concession stand at Hickory Park had been burglarized and the cash register taken. Only $100 is kept in the register. The burglary is under investigation.

            In roads news, the supervisors accepted two orphan roads, Holly Drive in the Hanover Green development and Courtside Avenue in the

            Hanover Preserves development, for dedication. Holly Drive was orphaned when the developer went bankrupt. The township was compensated for work done on the road. Courtside Avenue, however, was the result of both the developer and the bank failing, and the township has been unsuccessful in pursuing compensation for finishing the road.

            Later in the meeting, residents of Jays Lane in the township, asked why the township would not take ownership of that road, which had been abandoned but is still deeded to the developer of the property from approximately 50 years ago. The Jays Lane situation has been a headache and a source of ongoing frustration to the property owners, some of which have been there for thirty years or more.  Last year, township officials came up with a group of possible solutions but all involved the residents having to pay something, and some balked.

            The supervisors asked township manager Gwynn and solicitor Andrew Bellwoar to continue to work on a solution with the Jays Lane property owners.

            In quarry news, the supervisors approved a motion to authorize a proposal from McClain Environmental, LLC to conduct a fate and transport model analysis for $52,950 for the appeal of the Gibraltar Rock quarry's mining permit. The model simulates how contaminants move with the groundwater and are spread, diluted and absorbed.

            In township fees news, the supervisors approved an increase in conditional use application fees from $750 to $1500, and an increase in all parks-related fees of $10.

            In other news, the supervisors honored township resident Russel Oister as an "individual who provided outstanding service to the community" specifically for his volunteer work in storm water management and by mapping storm water outfalls with supervisor Ross Snook.

            Supervisors' chairman Charles Garner noted that Oister had contributed a "tremendous amount of work and time and effort" to complete a project which would otherwise have cost the taxpayers money. Garner said that Oister is a "community watchdog for NPDES permits."

            An executive session was held prior to the supervisors' work session. Potential litigation and personnel were discussed.





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