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Job Opening - Permit Coordinator/Zoning Assistant
Hanover Township, Northampton County is accepting applications for a part-time Permit Coordinator/Zoning Assistant. Individual must be outgoing, highly energetic, reliable, detail oriented with an excellent communication skills. Individual will be responsible for scheduling inspections, management of permit process, contractor interaction, licensing requirements, and other duties. Submit resume with three (3) references and salary requirements to: Zoning Officer, Hanover Township, 3630 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017-9302. Applications are available at the Township Building. Resumes or application must be received by July 5, 2019. EOE

POOL ANNOUNCEMENT
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT HANOVER TOWNSHIP – NORTHAMPTON COUNTY MUNICIPAL POOL DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL POOL WILL NOT BE OPENING FOR THE 2019 SUMMER SEASON. THE WINTER OF 2018-2019 APPEARS TO HAVE TAKEN A SIGNIFICANT TOLL ON THE POOL. EXTREME COLD, FOLLOWED BY WARMING TEMPERATURES NUMEROUS TIMES APPEAR TO HAVE CAUSED MULTIPLE BREAKS IN THE MAIN FLOOR DRAINS THAT FEED THE FILTER SYSTEM. THE BROKEN PIPES ARE UNDER THE POOL AND NOT ACCESSIBLE WITHOUT JACK HAMMERING THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL. THE POSSIBILITY OF BREAKS CAME TO THE ATTENTION OF THE TOWNSHIP WHEN THE POOL WAS FILLED AND THE FILTERING SYSTEM TURNED ON. VERY QUICKLY WE LOST BETWEEN 150,000 AND 180,000 GALLONS OF WATER. WE REFILLED, TESTED THE SYSTEM AND ATTEMPTED TO ISOLATE THE ISSUE. TOWNSHIP STAFF WAS UNSUCCESSFUL TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE ISSUE(S) AND WATER AGAIN WAS LOST. WE CONTACTED VARIOUS VENDORS AND AFTER A BRIEF SEARCH AN OUTSIDE ENTITY WAS LOCATED AND THE EARLIEST THEY COULD PERFORM THEIR ANALYSIS WAS THURSDAY, MAY 30TH. WE RECEIVED THEIR REPORT LATE FRIDAY, MAY 31ST. THE ESTIMATE TO REPAIR THE BREAKS, HIGH PRESSURE URETHANE INJECTION OF STRUCTURAL CRACKS IN THE POOL SHELL AND A SKINNER REPLACEMENT IS $25,614.70 WHICH IS ABOVE THE SPENDING AUTHORITY ($20,600) OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNLESS IT IS SENT OUT TROUGH A COMPETITIVE BID PROCESS. THE TIME NECESSARY TO WRITE A BID, ADVERTISE IT, RECEIVE THE BIDS, EVALUATE THEM, AWARD THE BID AND COMPLETE THE WORK WE’D BE WELL INTO THE OCTOBER - NOVEMBER TIME FRAME. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THESE ARE THE ONLY BREAKS. ONCE THESE ARE MITIGATED THERE COULD POSSIBLY BE ADDITIONAL BREAKS BETWEEN THE POOL AND THE PUMP HOUSE. WHILE THE POOL CONTRACTOR WAS ON SITE, THE TOWNSHIP ASKED THEM TO LOOK AT THE POOL FOR ANY OTHER ISSUES THEY COULD IDENTIFY. ADDITIONALLY RECOMMENDED RESURFACING/RE-PLASTERING THE POOL, REPAIRING THE EXPANSION JOINTS, TILE WORK AND REPAIR OF THE SWIMMING LANE TILES. THE COST OF THOSE REPAIRS WAS AN ADDITIONAL $39,925. THE POOL WAS ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1981 AND UNDERWENT A REFURBISHING IN 2006. INCLUDED IN THE REFURBISHING WAS THE ADDITION OF THE SLIDE. THE POOL WAS DUE FOR ANOTHER REFURBISHING WITHIN THE NEXT THREE TO FIVE YEARS AND WE WERE IN THE INITIAL PLANNING STAGES. IT WOULD BE FINANCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE TO UNDERTAKE REPAIRS IN ORDER TO GET THE POOL OPERATING THIS YEAR KNOWING THAT THERE ARE ADDITIONAL ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE RECTIFIED. THE TOWNSHIP IS IN THE PROCESS OF CONTACTING SURROUNDING MUNICIPALITIES TO INQUIRE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO HONOR OUR MEMBERSHIPS. THE MEMORIAL POOL IN THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM IS NOT AN OPTION AS IT IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATION THIS SUMMER.