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Upper Salford Working to Purchase Land for Open Space
Written by Russell Hessler, Correspondent

        With significant snowfall expected again this week, officials in Upper Hanover spent some time Tuesday night making sure that snow removal equipment is ready for yet another event.

        Road Foreman Thomas Latshaw reported that the road crew is prepared for the winter weather with all equipment in working order and plenty of salt to clear township roads for this storm.

        Supervisor Richard Fain noted that, after recent snow events, supervisors have received compliments on the work the roads crew has done this season to keep roads clear.

        In budget and finance business, Supervisor Ben Fiorito reported that the township was able to save 4.5 percent in electricity costs by joining with the Upper Hanover Authority to obtain a lower rate.

        "It was a very good joint project," Fiorito said. "The two entities came together and that is how we yielded this benefit."

        In parks and recreation business, Supervisors' Chair Eugene Fried reported that the committee is exploring options to install a snack stand at Camelot Park. According to Fried, the committee will spend time this season surveying park visitors and ball clubs to consider options for a future budget.

        "We'll look at that through the end of the year and see what the pros and cons are and how many people are looking favorably toward this," Fried said.

        Supervisor Dorothy Diehl requested that the committee also look closely at regulations and insurance, particularly pertaining to food handling. Fried agreed to have the committee gather information to present to the board at a future date.

        Fried also reported that the committee is considering application for a Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) grant to beautify Centennial Park. According to Fried, one project the committee is considering is a community garden.

        Under public safety committee business, Fried reviewed information from a study conducted by two Kutztown University Criminal Justice professors regarding the need for a police department in Lower Macungie Township.

        "Even though Lower Macungie is the second largest township in the state that does not have their own police coverage, the study determined that the crime rate is that low that the township does not need police coverage," Fried said. "They are completely satisfied with what the state police are doing."

        Fried noted that even though the area of Lower Macungie is only slightly larger than Upper Hanover, the population is five times greater. Fried offered to meet with Lt. James Fisher of State Police, Skippack Barracks, to compare the results with reports from Upper Hanover.

        "I know there are people in this township who would like their own police department," Fried said. "We will continue to look at what works."







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