Making good on a promise, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong vetoed the budget for 2019 Oct. 31 because an amendment passed by Lehigh County Commissioners rolled back the millage rate from the proposed 3.79 mils to 3.64 mils.
Armstrong made the announcement in a special news conference at the Lehigh County Administration building attended by the media, members of the Armstrong administration, a couple of aspiring commissioners and Lehigh County Commissioner Amy Zanelli.
Armstrong warned against letting the commissioner’s amended budget harm the county’s bond rating.
In a short meeting Oct. 4, Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved the previous meeting’s minutes, approved the location of a drop box for the Emmaus Public Library, approved checks for payment of debts, appointed a planning commissioner and an emergency services coordinator, announced details of the upcoming Halloween Parade and called it a night.
The supervisors appointed Luke Lichtenwalner to finish out Henry Kradjel’s term as a planning commissioner. Kradjel has retired.
Lehigh County Commissioners Sept. 26, in a first reading or preliminary approval, voted 5-4 to hire the law firm Anapol Weiss to serve as counsel for the county of Lehigh and “several other unnamed counties” to press the county’s goal of making much of the county’s older housing stock safe from lead poisoning.
Commissioners Dr. Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein, Amanda Holt and Brad Osborne, all Republicans, voted against the measure. Nathan Brown and Marc Grammes, also Republicans, voted for the measure, as did Democrats Geoff Brace, Amy Zanelli and Dan Hartzell.
A new unfunded mandated requirement may be on the way for Upper Milford Township’s residents courtesy of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, according to information provided by Jason E. Smith of Hanover Engineering.
The EPA is requiring municipalities reduce pollution such as silt collected in stormwater drainage ponds by 10 percent per year.
Emmaus Public Library wants to install book drop boxes in Macungie Borough and in Upper Milford Township. The idea got enthusiastic support from the two supervisors present at the Sept. 6 Upper Milford Township Supervisors meeting – Daniel Mohr and Joyce Moore; Supervisor Robert Sentner was absent. Library representative Lisa Martin made the proposal.
“This is my 27th year in corrections,” Warden Janine Donate said, when asked by Commissioner Nathan Brown to address the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Aug 22. She is currently the warden of the Lehigh County Jail.
Donate was introduced by Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong as someone of whom he is proud; someone who has been “coming up from our own ranks.”
The bridge over Indian Creek between Batman Road and Tollgate Road on the Route 100/Route 29 (Kings Highway) will be closed until Aug. 23 while the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and contractors replace the bridge.
According to Upper Milford Township Secretary and Treasurer Jessi O’Donald, extensive preparation for the replacement has already been completed. The bridge will be closed while the final span is finished.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval for the 2019-20 Capital Plan July 25. In gross numbers, the plan calls for a five-year total expenditure of $129,107,334.
The first reading of the plan passed 8-0. Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent.
Some big-ticket expenses being funded in 2019 include replacement of the voting system — $3.5 million; the Coplay to Northampton Bridge — $5 million; courthouse upgrades — $1.06 million.
Farmers ruled in the July 19 meeting of Upper Milford Township Supervisors.
Three different farmers came to discuss problems with the township’s zoning law as it relates to farms.
In an unusual legal turn of events, the O’Rourke family saw a quick reversal of a zoning officer’s decision that had stymied their plan to construct a 60-by-70-foot pole barn on their property where the O’Rourkes are growing grapes that in few weeks will need a place to be processed.
The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society will probably get a $2,000 grant, $3,000 less than the newly formed nonprofit had requested. Lehigh County Commissioners approved a motion at its July 11 meeting to amend the bill to reduce the original $5,000 to $2,000.
At the previous meeting, at the first reading of the bill, Commissioner Percy Dougherty opposed the idea of giving $5,000 saying other deserving organizations who have been operational for many years were only getting $2,000. The bill will be voted on again at the next commissioners meeting.