Concerns about ever-worsening traffic on Route 100/29 once again dominated discussion at the Sept. 18 Upper Milford supervisors' meeting. Exacerbating the problem is the fact PennDOT is unlikely to address the issue any time in the foreseeable future.
Township Manager Daniel DeLong noted improvements to the road were on PennDOT's 12-year plan as many as 20 years ago, but the agency's priorities have shifted.
Traffic is particularly bad at the intersection of the state road and Shimerville Road.
Traffic generated by development in neighboring townships continues to concern Upper Milford Township supervisors, who last week asked Township Manager Daniel DeLong to set up a meeting with PennDOT, state representatives and other interested parties to look into solutions.
Route 100/29 has become increasingly congested, supervisors said during a lengthy discussion at the Sept. 4 meeting. Traffic is particularly bad at the Shimerville Road traffic light, where it sometimes backs up more than a mile in both directions, DeLong said after the meeting.
September is a busy month for local historical societies.
The quarterly meeting of the Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society will be 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Upper Milford Township building, 5671 Chestnut St., Zionsville. After a short business meeting, Joan Biehl will paint a picture of the Schubert-Graber log cabin while she tells attendees about growing up on a farm in Berks County. The painting will be raffled and the winner selected at the Nov. 25 meeting. Refreshments will be served. Guests are always welcome. For more information, visit the website at hivelunddahl.com.
An unusual, free form wooden sign has been rescued from obscurity next to the old Upper Milford Township building and now enjoys pride of place near the main entrance to the new township office building. And soon it will look even better, after Boy Scout Casey Moyer completes his Eagle project, which involves plantings and other landscaping improvements at the base of the sign.
Upper Milford Township supervisors last week authorized the solicitor to draft an ordinance which would reduce the size of the township planning commission from nine to seven members, effective May 1, 2016.
On that date, four seats on the commission will be up for reappointment, but the hope is by then the size of the board will already be reduced by attrition.
Supervisors have stressed their goal is not to get rid of any current members of the commission.
If it's August, it's time for the annual Vera Cruz Homecoming. The 63rd annual Homecoming, sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association will be held rain or shine at Mystic Chain Park on Main Road East 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Homecoming is Vera Cruz's version of a community block party and is open to everyone (residents and non-residents of Vera Cruz).
Upper Milford Township supervisors will ask PennDOT's help in improving visibility at the intersection of Route 100 and Beck Road, where corn growing in a field blocks the view of motorists turning onto Route 100.
Supervisors received a letter from a group of residents of the area saying the intersection is dangerous.
Township Manager Daniel DeLong said at the supervisors' July 3 meeting the township has been mowing a strip about eight feet wide along the edge of the field, and said the farmer "feels [eight feet is] enough of a buffer."
For the second meeting in a row, Upper Milford Township supervisors were faced with how to handle complaints about properties in poor condition, without coming up with an immediate solution.
At the June 5 meeting, Francis Caputo had asked the township to do something about a vacant house at 4101 Chestnut St. which he called a "junk heap."
Stressing their reluctance, Upper Milford Township supervisors last week adopted a sign maintenance policy to bring them in line with federal standards.
The standards apply to reflective traffic signs, Township Manager Daniel DeLong said, and updating the township's signs will cost about $30,000.
"It's a federal scheme to sell signs," DeLong quipped.
Supervisors Chairman Robert Sentner, calling it "another unfunded mandate," asked what would happen if they refused to adopt the policy.
It's carnival time this week at the Lower Milford Fire Company June 4, 5, 6 and 7. Grounds open 6 p.m.; music and rides start 7 p.m.
Every night the fun includes silent auction, live music, GoodTime Amusements, bingo, games, a 50/50 raffle, food and drinks and a beer pavilion.
Wednesday and Thursday are kids' wristband nights.
Entertainment Wednesday is the Michael James Group. Thursday's entertainment is the Clayton Moore Band.
Friday, entertainment is Uncle Smiley and Friday is fireworks night. There is a charge for parking that night.