Hanover Council Approves Fire District No. 2 Budget Without Tax Increase

The Hanover Town Council meeting yielded a decision regarding the adoption of the 2024 Fire District number two budget. Following its defeat in the annual election, the budget underwent discussions and adjustments, eventually gaining approval without an increase in taxes for District 2 residents. This financial decision, critical to the local fire services and the community’s safety, was a central outcome of the gathering.

During the meeting, the council also addressed community concerns surrounding the refurbishment of the Bared Place water tank. Residents had reported disturbances from canvas tarps used during the refurbishment process, which, due to heavy winds, had impacted their sleep. The council acknowledged the issue, noting that the tank was expected to be operational again by April 1st and that monitoring would continue to ensure the problem was resolved.

The meeting also touched on the issue of aircraft conducting touch-and-go operations at Marown Airport, which had been a source of disturbance for nearby residents. The council had engaged with airport management to discuss the situation and seek a resolution to minimize the impact on the affected community.

Further discussions at the council included the Hanover Engineering Department’s report, which outlined the planned road work for the summer. B Metal Parkway was identified as a major project, with implications for traffic and local infrastructure.

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The Economic Development Advisory Council’s small business program was highlighted for its significant participation.

The council also discussed the Tuttle house and flood remediation efforts, informing the public of grants and funding secured for these projects.

Additionally, the council celebrated the announcement of the opening of Duck Donuts at Whitman Village, anticipated to be a popular addition to the community, in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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The meeting further highlighted vibrant community engagement with the announcement of upcoming events such as Law Enforcement Night and recreational activities including pool memberships, little league, and softball. This focus on community events exemplified the town’s active and engaged population.

The meeting commenced with a special presentation recognizing local heroes who had performed lifesaving actions by rescuing a neighbor and administering CPR to an individual suffering from cardiac arrest. The council also acknowledged the retirement of several valuable employees, marking the end of distinguished service by a crossing guard matron, a public health nurse supervisor, and an administrative secretary for the engineering department.

During the public comments section, residents expressed appreciation for the transparency and responsiveness of the town’s administration, particularly in handling Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests. A suggestion was also made to consider the use of Zoom for town meetings to facilitate public participation through virtual means.

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The council meeting concluded with the approval of various resolutions as part of a consent agenda, and the authorization for payment of bills. Additionally, raffle applications from various organizations were approved.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Thomas Gallagher
City Council Officials:
Thomas “Ace” Gallagher, Michael A. Mihalko, Brian J. Cahill, John L. Ferramosca, Ronald F. Francioli, Krista DiGiorgio (Township Clerk)

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