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.
A swarm of aggravated neighbors attended the April 5 meeting to ask Upper Milford Township Supervisors for help with cleaning up a nearby neighbor’s property and taming the neighbor’s activities.
They didn’t get any help, but they did get some free advice: fill out a form with the zoning and code compliance officer.
“It’s a process,” Supervisor Daniel Mohr explained.
Once the zoning officer makes a report, then the supervisors may refer the matter to a magistrate.
Supervisor Joyce Moore suggested the residents could also go to a magistrate directly.
Business hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when county commissioners attempted to approve a couple of professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements – one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esquire for professional services with the County of Lehigh.
Zanelli, elected in 2017 from District 3 to her commissioner office, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that protects “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability.”
Upper Milford Supervisors are looking for an emergency management coordinator, but no one appears to want the job.
The job is currently being done by Emergency Management Deputy Jim Krippe, but according to Township Manager Bud Carter speaking after the March 15 meeting, no one has applied for the top job.
Supervisor Daniel Mohr announced the Vera Cruz Community Association will host an Easter egg hunt 1 p.m. March 31 at Mystic Chain Park.
Business as usual hit a speed bump Thursday when county commissioners attempted to approve a couple of routine professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements—one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esquire for professional services with the County of Lehigh.
“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.
Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.