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Pricey Repairs Needed for New Hanover’s Hickory Park Dam
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent

            The dam located on the Swamp Creek in New Hanover's Hickory Park is in need of some costly rehabilitation, according to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

            Township manager Jamie Gwynn reported that he had received a letter from the agency at the Township's Board of Supervisors' December 6 meeting. Not only will the dam require inspections that cost $3,000 each, but upcoming, needed repairs in the next few years will cost from $300,000 to $600,000.

            The park was purchased with a combination of county and township funds approximately ten years ago.

            Gwynn also reported that he was working on acquiring easements for the new traffic signal at routes 663 and 73 where the Car Corner lot is located.

            In other news Dave Reinhart from Aqua reported on a standpipe that the company wants to construct on the 2600 block of Swamp Pike, across from Hetrick's Landscaping. The pipe would be 65 feet high and would hold 750,000 gallons of water. It is intended primarily for firefighting.

            In roads news, the supervisors ratified the use of temporary traffic regulations on Martin Drive, Heather Lane, and Romig Road between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. until January 7 for the Canigiani Light Show.

            Township manager Gwynn also reported on the New Hanover Square Road detour with Public Works director Dennis Flynn. Since there has been confusion about the detour to the bridge closure on the road, Flynn announced that the car detour is now Swamp Pike to New Hanover Square Road, left on Swamp Picnic Road. Follow Swamp Picnic to Route 663.

            When traveling from the north on New Hanover Square Road, only local traffic is permitted and no trucks are allowed. Flynn reported that people have been pulling up the detour signs and throwing them in the woods.

            Grandview Road resident Bill Bailey attended the meeting to ask the supervisors to determine if Grandview is a private or public road. He stated that the road had been maintained by the township but repairs have ceased over the last few years. He also said that some residents are claiming the road belongs to them and are denying access to others. The supervisors asked township solicitor Andrew Bellwoar to investigate further.

            The supervisors recognized New Hanover Authority administrative assistant Shelly Sallade for her service to the township.

            The supervisors met in executive session prior to the meeting to discuss litigation and personnel matters.





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