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press photo by bernie o’hareJoan Rosenthal has been ubiquitous in Hanover Township for decades. press photo by bernie o’hareJoan Rosenthal has been ubiquitous in Hanover Township for decades.

Rosenthal scaling back public service

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Joan Rosenthal has been a Northampton County Elections Commissioner, Hanover Township Supervisor, Planning Commissioner and Zoning Hearing Board member. “You name it, I was on it,” she laughs. Over the past few years, she’s been trying to scale back so that others can serve. On Aug, 28, she informed township supervisors that she’s stepping down from the Neighborhood Block Watch, another organization she managed for many years.

She told supervisors, “We don’t get a big following. ... Most people in Hanover say, ‘Where’s the crime?,’ but they forget to lock their garage doors or their cars.”

She praised the “wonderful cooperation” she’s received over the years from Colonial Regional police.

As she made her way to her car after leaving the meeting, Rosenthal expressed her appreciation to Hanover supervisors. “You know, they once gave me a day – Joan Rosenthal Appreciation Day,” she said with a faint smile. “I don’t know what I’ll do with myself now.”

When supervisors got down to business, they voted 4-0 to grant a conditional waiver to JG Petrucci, who is developing LV Flex Center at 3900 Burgess Place. Though his plan includes an infiltration system for stormwater, it is located within 50 feet of bedrock. He will be required to comply with the township engineer’s directions, and note them on his plan.

Petrucci has deposited $250,000 with the township for any problems that result from the infiltration system. The township will hold that sum for the next 15 years.

In other business, supervisors approved grant applications to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for a field house at First Responder Park. Public Works Director Vince Milite reported that a sinkhole opened up at that park, and it took 13 truckloads of flowable fill to close it.

Supervisors also authorized a $204,000 payment to Excellance, Inc. for a new ambulance. Manager Jay Finnigan reported that $232,000 has been budgeted.

Road resurfacing is under way. Southland and Macada Drive have both been resurfaced. Supervisors authorized a $149,000 payment to Schlough, Inc. for the repaving work at Southland Drive.

Supervisor Susan Lawless was absent.