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The North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved three new ordinances Monday concerning brake retarder prohibition, truck turn restrictions, and zoning variance criteria.

A public hearing was held prior to each ordinance passing. All were advertised following last month’s meeting.

Ordinance 3-2023 prohibits brake retarders on Route 72 from Long Lane and Water Street and Heilmandale between Elias Avenue and Russel Road.

These areas have already been approved for brake retarder prohibitions by PennDOT.

Ordinance 4-2023 lays out restrictions on truck traffic.

  • Trucks over 40 feet in length traveling east on Weavertown Road cannot turn right onto North 15th Avenue.
  • Trucks over 40 feet in length traveling north on North 15th Avenue cannot turn right onto Weavertown Road.
  • Trucks over 35 feet in length traveling east on Weavertown Road cannot turn left onto North 8th Avenue.
  • Trucks over 35 feet in length traveling west on Weavertown Road cannot turn right onto North 8th Avenue.
  • Combination trucks traveling east on Tunnel Hill Road cannot turn right onto Windsor Drive.
  • Combination trucks traveling west on Tunnel Hill Road cannot turn left onto Windsor Drive.
  • No trucks on: Windsor Drive from Tunnel Hill Road and Hanford Drive, 31st Street from Tunnel Hill Road to the dead end, 32nd Street from Tunnel Hill Road to Joyce Street, 33rd St. from Tunnel Hill Road to Joyce Street, and Emma Road from Elias Avenue to the township line.

The ordinance also includes a section not related to traffic removing references to the Lebanon County Stormwater Management due to the township adopting a new stormwater ordinance last year.

Ordinance 5-2023 includes text amendments to the zoning ordinance correcting language to make it more internally consistent concerning the role of the Zoning Hearing Board and giving guidance to the board advising whether specific uses (not specifically addressed by the zoning code) should be approved.

This ordinance was also recommended by the Planning Commission.

In other news, the board:

  • Unanimously added to the agenda and approved a request from Police Chief Tim Knight to pay to send a prospective recruit to the police academy in exchange for a four-year commitment to the North Lebanon Township Police Department. Knight said 75 percent of the recruit’s schooling will be paid for by the state.
  • Unanimously approved the appointment of Molly Lum as management representative and Bonnie Grumbine as the administrative representative to the NLT Safety Committee following the promotion of Lori Books to township manager.
  • Unanimously agreed to sign an agreement with DESCCO for the $249,106.20 Halfway Drive Bridge Partial reconstruction project, as awarded at last month’s meeting.
  • Unanimously agreed to transfer an existing improvements agreement with the previous owners of 2500 N. 21st St. to the new owners, Myron and Doreen Miller. This includes requesting a $22,410 letter of credit from the new owners, at which point the previous letter of credit will be released.
  • Unanimously agreed to allow the Ebenezer Beautification Committee to use the Lion’s Lake parking lot for a fundraiser May 17.
  • Passed Resolution #18-2023 concerning the disposal of records.
  • Unanimously approved a request for a bench dedication at the township community park.
  • Heard reports including the police report and the fire chief’s report.
  • Unanimously approved the minutes for their April 17 meeting.
  • Unanimously approved payroll, fund balances and payment of invoices.

North Lebanon supervisors meet at the township municipal building the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.

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Emily Bixler

Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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