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UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS Planning commission change proposed

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PETER MCCONNELL Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Milford Township will reduce the number of members on the Planning Commission. The decision was reached by popular vote at a workshop meeting held July 17.

The current number of planning commissioners is nine. Supervisor Robert Sentner discussed with the board and with some residents present he felt the number should be reduced as there are usually only five in attendance at a given meeting.

According to Sentner, records indicate the commission was increased from five to nine in 1974, in which state it has been ever since. There is currently an ordinance stating the commission will comprise nine members.

Sentner proposed reducing the number of commissioners to seven by attrition that is, as members leave they will not be replaced. A new ordinance will have to be drafted and Township Manager Daniel DeLong promised to have the township solicitor draw up the necessary papers for the board's approval.

Sentner also said this decision was being made in order to reduce paperwork and staff time. There was no public debate over the issue.

In other business, the board approved the award of the sealcoat and crack seal bid to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions, the one and only bidder who responded to the township's RFP. The bid is for $240,756.59.

"In reviewing market prices," DeLong said, "it is reasonable."

Asphalt Maintenance is a longstanding vendor for the township, as was noted by the board.

Supervisors also passed a resolution during the regular meeting to sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the Lehigh County Conservation District. The Environmental Protection Agency discovered an absence of paperwork documentation on the township's compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's water discharge regulations.

"It's not so much we weren't doing it as we just had no paperwork," DeLong said, who noted this is one of the federal government's most expensive programs with a "huge impact" probable for the township.

"They want to regulate water throughout the Commonwealth," DeLong said.

Supervisor George DeVault stated his support for the agreement but noted he still had a lot of questions about the whole situation.

Upper Milford is just one of 140 municipalities in the northeast division of the state to receive a notice of deficiency. Sentner said the conservation district "is going to work for us. This is for compliance."