HANOVER TWP. – After 40 years of combined service to Hanover, Township Manager John Sipper will be retiring in May.
Commissioners unanimously voted at Monday night’s regular meeting to accept Sipper’s February letter announcing his retirement on May 30. Sipper has served as township manager since 2006 and before that as a commissioner and as the township’s auditor.
“It’s time to move on,” said Sipper. “It was a great experience and the township’s in a good place.”
Sipper said he’s most proud of his accomplishments helping the township to keep its high level of service to residents while keeping taxes down.
Commissioners approved a motion to advertise for the manager position.
In other business, commissioners heard from past township Commissioner Bob Burns.
Burns questioned what the commissioners had planned for Fellows Avenue and if it would continue to be patched or completely repaved.
“Patching it is like putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound,” said Burns. “Roads in Afghanistan are better.”
Commissioner Chairman Albert Bagusky said once the weather breaks, the township will weigh its options to provide a permanent repair. The road isn’t angled correctly and water is sitting in the roadway causing it to crumble and sink, he said.
Commissioners also said they will look into ways to address speeding and parking along East Saint Mary’s Road.
Residents have complained that the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit is too high and cars are routinely reaching speeds well above that. Vehicles are also parking on the sidewalk, making it hard to walk along the road safely.
Commissioner William Howatt said the township will look into getting the speed limit lowered and placing more signage along the roadway warning of the speed limit and parking restrictions. The state would have to approve any speed limit reduction, he said.
Additionally, commissioners approved accepting the $97,250 insurance quote from Joseph J. Joyce Associates for property and inland marine, general liability, automobile and crime coverage. Workers’ compensation will cost another $169,496.
Commissioners also approved a motion to issue a $1 million general obligation note for the interim financing of the new firehouse along the Sans Souci Parkway.