It’s not often U. S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.
Medina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic withdrawals of union dues from his bank account.
Residents packed the Upper Milford Township Board of Superviors meeting room July 5 to support a local vintner’s quest to save the family farm’s grapes.
Dan and Elizabeth O’Rourke need a 60- by 70-foot building to process the grapes when they are harvested.
According to Dan and Elizabeth O’Rourke, they had requested permission to build the necessary barn last year, but a recent decision by the Upper Milford Township zoning officer has put the building on the back burner.
In the meantime, the grapes are growing.
A $5,000 grant to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center fell through June 13 when one of the sponsors of the bill, Amy Zanelli, abstained from voting.
She then watched the votes split between the remaining eight commissioners, 4-4.
Zanelli commented on her abstention.
“I volunteer for, contribute to, and benefit from the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center,” Zanelli said. “I will abstain.”
It wasn’t a long meeting for Upper Milford Township Supervisors June 21, but that might have been just as well for Boy Scout Grayson Killingsworth, who was there with his mom, Jessamy Killingsworth. The lesson was short. Grayson was at the municipal meeting as part of the requirements for a merit badge on communications. When completed, it will be his 11th merit badge.
The computer consultant company Computer Aid, Inc., based in Allentown, finally saw a contract amendment approved 6-1 when Lehigh County Commissioners met May 23.
Commissioner Amanda Holt voted “no” on the amendment.
Deputy Upper Milford Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Krippe told Upper Milford Township Supervisors June 7 he will apply for a position as manager of the township’s emergency management service.
Krippe said the job is a volunteer position.
Krippe told The Press he is also the emergency management coordinator for the Borough of Emmaus, which is a paid position.
Krippe said Lehigh County emergency management authorities have concurred with him occupying both positions.
Lehigh County administration requested Commissioner Amanda Holt withdraw a proposed amendment to the professional services agreement with Computer Aid, Inc. for information technology management services May 9. No reason was given. The same amendment had been delayed at the last meeting at the request of Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne who wanted time to study the effect of the amendment on other issues.
Residents attended the Upper Milford Township Supervisor’s meeting May 3 to quiz a developer about issues, including stormwater drainage, which have them concerned. Alan Severance, treasurer of the Mink Estates Home Owner’s Association, was one of the residents.
Severance, who said he and others had unsuccessfully tried to prevent the sale of the property to the developers, were primarily there to make sure the developers “follow all of the rules.”
Scott McMackin, of Cowan and Associates, represented the developers and spoke with the residents and to the supervisors.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors announced April 19 that the bridge over Route 29 and Indian Creek will be closed July 15 through 27 for work on the bridge. A 24-hour flagger force will be at the site; there will be no detours.
In other business, Dakota DeLong submitted a letter of resignation from the public works department effective April 27. He “thanked everyone” for their support.
Supervisors announced a public works position will be advertised; the full-time position pays $16 to $23 per hour.
Lehigh County Authority’s effort to have its charter extended to 50 years collapsed April 11 when Lehigh County Commissioners voted 6-3 to reject a proposed amendment to LCA’s articles of incorporation.
The decision seemed to catch LCA’s CEO Liesel M. Gross, by surprise. Gross had spoken to the commissioners in support of the resolution.
“I want to know the path forward,” Gross said to commissioners following the vote to deny the amendment extending the water and sewer authority’s charter.