Editor’s Note: This is an edited version with corrections to the article printed in the July 10 edition of The Press.
President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to the Lehigh County Commissioners at the June 26 meeting.
She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.
Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.
In a first for Upper Milford Township, supervisors June 20 approved funding for a natural resource conservation easement for the 39.4-acre Mark and Pamela DeWalt property at 5474 Acorn Drive, Emmaus.
Planning Coordinator Brian Miller presented the plan to the supervisors as Mark DeWalt listened from the audience. The supervisors approved the plan 3–0.
Miller requested the cost per acre approved for conservation easement be withheld until the contract has been signed.
Lehigh County Authority will get its requested 43-year lease extension.
In a first reading June 12, the Lehigh County Commissioners approved amending the Articles of Incorporation for LCA to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date that the deal is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Commissioners approved the bill 9-0.
The move allows LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for “capital improvements for its many water and wastewater systems serving 14 municipalities” as stated in the bill.
A new stop sign at the intersection of Macungie Mountain Road and Sweetwood Drive is needed to reduce accidents according to resident Jennifer MacDonald, at the June 6 meeting of the Upper Milford Township Supervisors meeting.
“Would the township entertain a third stop sign?” MacDonald asked. She said she would like it to be a three-way stop.
“Someone was driving too fast and went into my neighbor’s garage,” MacDonald said.
Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation is celebrating its 175th anniversary — that is the nursing home’s “dodransbicentennial” for those readers who love obscure facts.
That word had Lehigh County Commissioners a bit stumped as they approved a resolution honoring the occasion at their May 22 meeting.
In other matters, commissioners also had a first reading for a bill to authorize a lease for The Seed Farm, also known as Lehigh County’s Agricultural Incubator Program. to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for $1 per year.
“This is ridiculous,” township resident Gerald L. Reinbold Jr. said as he addressed the Upper Milford Township supervisors May 16.
Reinbold was talking about his neighbor’s property, which he said is strewn with vehicles and trespassing chickens. He continued to object to the cars parked along the neighborhood roads near the property.
Lehigh County Commissioners defeated, by a vote of 4–5, a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started at its May 8 meeting. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [commissioner’s] support for a facility plan which meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
With team names like “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams competed recently at Lower Macungie Middle School for top honors in reading comprehension at the Reading Olympics.
Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.
Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second. Each member of the team received a copy of “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. English Language Arts Teacher Robin Roberts sponsored the team.
Resident William Ginder wanted the township to remove, by towing, the numerous vehicles a local resident of Allen Street has parked on various streets in Ginder’s neighborhood. Some of the streets with objectionable vehicles include Winfield Street, James Street, John Street and Raymond Street.
He addressed the Upper Milford Township Supervisors May 2 at their regular meeting.
Ginder said a Pennsylvania State Trooper had come to the scene at Ginder’s request and assured him that, “It’s not up to the police to do the towing.”
Members of Lehigh County’s Human Services office again made a strong showing at the Lehigh County Commissioner’s meeting April 24. They have been making regular appearances at the commissioner’s meetings arguing for more staff.
“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said. He was referring to the ability of existing staff to properly care for children referred to Human Services for care and intervention. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County.”
“We can’t keep people,” Lupo said. “They run out the door.”