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UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS PennDOT help sought on hazardous corner

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Milford Township supervisors will ask PennDOT's help in improving visibility at the intersection of Route 100 and Beck Road, where corn growing in a field blocks the view of motorists turning onto Route 100.

Supervisors received a letter from a group of residents of the area saying the intersection is dangerous.

Township Manager Daniel DeLong said at the supervisors' July 3 meeting the township has been mowing a strip about eight feet wide along the edge of the field, and said the farmer "feels [eight feet is] enough of a buffer."

Supervisor Daniel Mohr said, "I can see it's a problem," but added the problem is partly because the bank is so high.

Resident Jason Tapler suggested the township instead restrict left turns at the location.

"It's been like that for 37 years," he said. "It's not the farmer's fault."

He said drivers should use common sense and not try to make left turns where the visibility is so limited.

In other business, supervisors noted they had received an anonymous complaint about an alleged zoning violation and stressed they cannot respond to anonymous complaints. Supervisors chairman Robert Sentner said there is a procedure to file a complaint. He said the necessary forms are available on the township website or in the township office and "any complaint has to be signed."

"Without a signature it's not worth the paper it's written on," Supervisor George DeVault agreed.

Supervisors also acted, on a 2-1 vote, to pay a legal bill which had been delayed at the last meeting. The bill was for $18,400 from Attorney Thomas H. Dinkelacker, attorney for James and Michele Krippe.

It was initially not acted on when the board voted to pay other bills at last week's meeting.

At that time, a motion by Mohr to pay the bill was not seconded. Then, after a 10-minute executive session, Mohr made another motion to pay the bill and DeVault seconded it, both saying the motion was "with great reluctance."

Sentner voted against paying the bill. Solicitor Marc Fisher would say only the bill was connected to litigation against the township and paying the bill closed the matter.

"I'd like to tell you what it's about but I can't," Sentner told reporters.