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UPPER MILFORD SUPERVISORS Supervisors approve $2.2 million budget; final vote Dec. 27

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Milford Township supervisors Nov. 15 approved a $2.2 million budget for 2013, with no tax increase.

There was little discussion on the budget by either supervisors or the audience. The budget will be available for review by the public until the end of the year. The board scheduled a year-end meeting for Dec. 27, at which time a final budget will be approved.

In other business last week, supervisors granted several waivers and land development approval to Buss Construction Company, which plans to move the company to about an acre of land at 5851 Chestnut St., the site of the old Buss greenhouse, which was destroyed by fire.

"I'm delighted to see something happen to that place," Supervisor George DeVault said. "It's been an eyesore since the greenhouse burned down 12 years ago."

Supervisors also debated a request from Ralph and Barbara Christman of Main Road East to install a sewer lateral to their property across Liebert's Creek, rather than from the road, as is planned as part of the Vera Cruz sewer project.

Christman, in a letter to the board, said three other properties have been accessed that way.

DeVault, who called himself "an outspoken opponent of the plan," made a motion to direct the Lehigh County Authority, which is implementing the project, to access the Christmans' property that way, at LCA's expense.

DeVault said this should have been included in the plan from the beginning.

Township Manager Daniel DeLong said while it is true that three other properties were accessed across the creek, their situation was somewhat different.

After discussion, DeVault's motion failed to receive a second, and a subsequent motion by Robert Sentner to write to LCA on the Christmans' behalf and ask them to consider the Liebert's Creek alternative passed.

Supervisors also appointed Jay Lieberman to fill a vacancy on the Emmaus Library board of trustees and to a subsequent three-year term on the board which will expire Dec. 31, 2015 and set the meeting schedule for December. The Dec. 6 meeting will be held as usual and the Dec. 20 meeting is canceled. Instead, a year-end meeting will be held Dec. 27, with a 7 p.m. workshop and the regular meeting 7:30 p.m.