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The North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to award the 2024 paving project to Pennsy Supply at its Monday meeting.

Pennsy’s total bid was $367,982.11, made up of $254,477.78 in North Lebanon Township and $113,504.33 in West Lebanon Township. The bid came in around $50,000 under estimate, said public works director Jared Balsbaugh.

The township received four bids for the project this year.

The board also unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with West Lebanon Township to pay its portion of the project.

This year’s paving project includes the following:

  • Hill Street from Route 72 to the cul-de-sac.
  • North 20th Street between Hill and West Maple streets.
  • West Maple Street between North 20th and North 22nd streets.
  • North 25th Street from Tunnel Hill Road to Taylor Street.
  • Taylor Street between North 25th and North 24th streets.
  • North 24th Street from Taylor Street to Union Canal Drive.
  • North 23rd Street from Glonninger Street to Union Canal Drive.
  • Glonninger Street between North 24th and North 23rd streets.
  • Union Canal Drive between North 25th and North 22nd streets.
  • North 25th Street from Union Canal Drive to the paving joint north of the tunnel.

The board unanimously agreed to table acting on 2024 gas and fuel bids. The township received two fuel bids, with Meyer Oil Co.’s low bid totalling $30,670, and one gas bid.

The board has 60 days to act on these bids.

Supervisors unanimously agreed to appoint Sam Pennypacker to fill the remainder of William Smeltzer’s term on the township planning commission after Smeltzer’s passing.

“He will surely be missed,” said chairman Ed Brensinger, noting that Smeltzer had served the community in many ways over the years. “He was a very good person with a very big heart.”

Read More: Passing of Bill Smeltzer leaves a huge void in the Lebanon community

Supervisors also unanimously agreed to pass on the police regionalization draft charter agreement to solicitor Josele Cleary (unaffiliated with the township) for review.

This does not guarantee that the charter will be adopted, and the committee is still reviewing various angles of regionalization.

For the North Lebanon and North Cornwall police departments to merge, both townships’ boards of supervisors will need to adopt regionalization following public hearings.

In response to public concern regarding control over the department raised at the most recent committee meeting, supervisor Gary Heisey said he has discussed the matter with North Cornwall. They have agreed to rotate the police board’s at-large member between North Cornwall and North Lebanon, even if other municipalities join as charter members, he said.

Read More: Former NLT manager airs concerns with police pact, committee reviews budget

In other news, the board:

  • Heard a request from Tom Hallowell in public comment that the township consider no-truck ordinances on township roads. Brensinger responded that the township does not have sufficient reasoning to restrict truck traffic on township roads save for the intersection of Water Street and Grace Avenue, which isn’t in North Lebanon Township.
  • Heard that the township was awarded a $425,000 PA Small Water and Sewer Program Grant, which will be used to slipline stormwater pipes. An additional $151,624.55 of the project will be paid out of the stormwater fund.
  • Unanimously agreed to release the recommended amount of $234,084.90 of the Homestead Acres Phase 4 letter of credit.
  • Unanimously agreed to reduce the financial security for North Lebanon Storage Phase 2 by $385,077.78, following the engineer’s recommendation. This phase included the construction of five 220′ by 30′ self-storage buildings at 8140 SR 72.
  • Unanimously agreed to dispense the final payment of $12,455.38 to DESCCO for their work on the Halfway Drive Bridge replacement.
  • Unanimously agreed to allow WellSpan to use Lenni Lenape Park for its GO Lebanon program over the summer.
  • Unanimously agreed to allow the Northern Lebanon Little League to place locked “job boxes” containing field maintenance equipment at the community park’s baseball fields.
  • Unanimously agreed to award an oil burner to the MuniciBid highest bidder for $650.

The North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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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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