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.
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.