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UPPER MILFORD SUPERVISORS Supervisors approve reducing size of planning commission

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Milford Township supervisors last week authorized the solicitor to draft an ordinance which would reduce the size of the township planning commission from nine to seven members, effective May 1, 2016.

On that date, four seats on the commission will be up for reappointment, but the hope is by then the size of the board will already be reduced by attrition.

Supervisors have stressed their goal is not to get rid of any current members of the commission.

In other business, Township Manager Daniel DeLong said the township has responded to an Environmental Protection Agency order regarding the township's compliance with stormwater management efforts. Township Engineer Hanover Engineering prepared the township response.

The EPA has determined most of the deficiencies in the township's plan relate to public education and outreach efforts and the township has outlined the steps it is taking, which include making educational material available at the township building and elsewhere.

The township has also joined a group headed by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy which was set up specifically to address those requirements.

"It's not that we didn't do this stuff, we just didn't have documentation," DeLong said. He also said an employee educational program is needed.

Supervisors asked what has prompted the EPA to ask for this information, which has required a lot of paperwork and effort on the township's part.

DeLong said he thinks the larger issue is water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River basin, which can eventually be partially traced back to streams in this area.

Also at the Aug. 7 meeting, Robert Wieland and Francis Caputo, both of Mink Estates, asked the township to look into some road safety issues. Wieland suggested installing reflectors along a curve on Mill Road and Caputo said overgrown grass and brush at the intersection of Tank Farm and Buckeye roads poses a safety hazard.

Supervisors approved a request from Marjorie Geissinger to use the township building for a Lights in the Night Block Party 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26. As in the past, supervisors waived the facility use fee for this event, which is billed as a safe alternative to Trick or Treat Night.

Supervisors also recognized a certificate of training from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy for Christopher Edwards of Western District Fire Company.