Upper Milford Township Supervisors confirmed Feb. 6 they are in no hurry to replace James Krippe the fired Upper Milford Township Emergency Management Coordinator. When asked by The Press if the supervisors were actively looking for an emergency management coordinator, Supervisor Robert Sentner said, “No, not right now.”
When asked “Why not?” he said, “Because we aren’t looking for one right now. The fire companies are handling it, so we aren’t looking for one right now.”
In a packed lecture room at Lafayette College in Easton Jan. 28, area residents listened as U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th, explained what she is trying to do and what she has accomplished in Washington.
Her commitment to communicating with her constituents
“I feel very strongly about representing every single person that lives in this district,” Wild said. The 7th Congressional District includes all of Lehigh County and Northampton County as well as parts of Monroe County. “We are trying to do town halls in every corner of the district.”
The Lehigh County Commissioners meeting had a rocky start Jan. 22 when, immediately after Commissioners Chair Amy Zanelli led the Pledge of Allegiance, former county commissioner candidate Mathew Schutter began interrupting the proceedings with a call for “a point of order.”
The newly reorganized Lehigh County Board of Commissioners led by Commissioner President Amy Zanelli quickly went through a short agenda Jan. 8.
One of its first acts was to start a rollback of the method the previous Republican led board adopted which put part-time commissioners in the negotiating room with the professional staffers as they negotiated labor contracts.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors fired their emergency management coordinator Oct. 16, 2019 with neither an explanation to the public, nor to James Krippe the unpaid volunteer who had been filling the position.
At the time of the termination which occurred during a public meeting, Supervisor Robert Sentner, in a post-meeting interview, said, “We want to go in a different direction. We want to look at some other applicants.”
Upper Milford Township still, as of Jan. 24, doesn’t have a replacement, and the township website is not asking for a volunteer to fill the position.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors gave the final approval Dec. 5 for the 2020 budget of $2,699,993.42 to meet the upcoming year’s expenses. In a response to a question from the audience, Secretary Treasurer Jessi O’Donald, assured attendees this is a “no tax increase” budget.
During the meeting, supervisors approved disbursements for $34,478.18.
Supervisors also approved a waiver for well isolation distance for a property on Garden Alley. A deed of dedication for Lenape Lane and Lenni Circle was also approved.
Upper Milford Township’s draft 2020 budget calls for $2,699,993.42 to meet the upcoming year’s expenses. This, according to Secretary Treasurer Jessi O’Donald, is a “no tax increase” budget.
Upper Milford Township is still without an emergency manager since the township supervisors dismissed James Krippe last month. Township Manager Bud Cole said he has that responsibility as an additional duty until a new emergency manager is named.
Emmaus Public Library Director Maryellen Kanarr presented the library’s 2019 report to the Upper Milford Township Supervisors Nov. 7.
In a surprise move Oct. 17, Upper Milford Township supervisors fired Emergency Manager James Krippe after about two and half years of service. In a post-meeting interview Supervisor Robert Sentner said the supervisors “wanted to go in a different direction.”
“We want to look at some other applicants,” Sentner said.
Krippe said that since no one had ever complained about his work, he thought that he was fired for unspecified “personal” reasons. “They dismissed,” Krippe said. “They gave no reason whatsoever.”
Lehigh County Commissioners voted Oct. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.
The 6-3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case.
In the public session, three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.