UPPER MILFORD SUPERVISORS Reflective traffic signs to be updated
Stressing their reluctance, Upper Milford Township supervisors last week adopted a sign maintenance policy to bring them in line with federal standards.
The standards apply to reflective traffic signs, Township Manager Daniel DeLong said, and updating the township's signs will cost about $30,000.
"It's a federal scheme to sell signs," DeLong quipped.
Supervisors Chairman Robert Sentner, calling it "another unfunded mandate," asked what would happen if they refused to adopt the policy.
He was told the township could face lawsuits if an accident happens and the signs have not been updated.
In other business at the June 5 meeting, resident Francis Caputo addressed several issues of concern to him and his Mink Estate neighbors.
Most contentious was his request the township take responsibility for cleaning and maintaining the detention ponds in the neighborhood.
Solicitor Marc Fisher said, "we've had this conversation before" and after researching the issue, he has found maintaining the pond to be the homeowners' responsibility.
Caputo disagreed, saying he has found information on the deed at the county courthouse indicating the township is responsible for the ponds.
Caputo also asked the township to do something about a vacant house at 4101 Chestnut St. which abuts some Mink Estate homes.
"It's a junk heap," with tires and other trash piled up in the backyard, he said, adding it affects property values of nearby homes.
"There's nothing we can do about it," Sentner said, explaining township ordinances do not address such situations. Supervisors did agree to investigate.
Caputo also urged supervisors to get state police to take a more active role in policing speeding on Chestnut Street.
Supervisors also met in executive session for 25 minutes to discuss legal issues.