Upper Milford supervisors, at the Jan. 16 meeting, approved an agreement to transfer a 1986 trailer which the township owns to the borough of Emmaus.
Township Manager Daniel DeLong explained Emmaus is in the market for a trailer and the township rarely uses the one it owns. The agreement would be with the understanding the township would be able to use the trailer whenever it needs to.
In response to a question from Supervisor George DeVault, DeLong said the agreement means the township would no longer have to pay insurance on the trailer or find storage for it.
At a brief year-end meeting Dec. 30, 2013, Upper Milford supervisors adopted the 2014 budget they had tentatively approved at a previous meeting. The $2,246,620 holds the line on taxes for this year, at a rate of 0.171 mills.
Supervisors also approved a 2014 services agreement with the Emmaus Public Library for $38,043, then spent the rest of the hour-long meeting in executive session for personnel and legal reasons.
Supervisors Chairman Daniel Mohr announced the board had also met in executive session Dec. 17, 2013, to discuss personnel.
It may be only January, but the Upper Milford Youth Association is thinking spring.
Lacrosse registration for spring 2014 is now open. There is an early bird sign-up discount for those who register before Jan. 15. Visit www.umya. org to sign up. Teams are expected to fill up quickly, so register soon.
Spring baseball, softball and soccer sign-ups will be opening soon.
If you are still into winter sports, UMYA offers discounted ski passes to Bear Creek Ski Resort; check out the ski club page at www.umya.org for more information.
Upper Milford supervisors, at the Dec. 5 meeting, directed Township Manager Daniel DeLong to prepare bids to design and build a replacement for Yeakels Mill Bridge in the southern end of the township.
The reason for seeking bids, at least for now, is primarily to see how much the project might cost.
Did you get your copy of the Upper Milford Township fall/winter newsletter? They were mailed out a couple of weeks ago.
There is information from the Red Cross about emergency preparedness for winter storms, as well as information on the township's open burning law, a guide to home composting, an index of township officials and much more.
If you did not get one in the mail, you can pick it up at the township office.
Upper Milford Township supervisors approved a tentative 2014 budget of $2,246,620 at their Nov. 21 meeting. The budget includes no tax increase.
It will be advertised through Dec. 17 for residents to review and comment on.
The principal sources of revenue in the budget are $118,530 in real estate taxes and $1.2 million in earned income tax.
Among the major expenses are $428,100 for highway construction and rebuilding, $339,516 for maintenance of highways and bridges, $265,427 for employee benefits and $119,630 for fire protection.
"I implore you to do something," about a dangerous curve at the intersection of Church View and Fountain roads, Rev. Martin Milne, of Old Zionsville Lutheran Church, urged Upper Milford supervisors at their Nov. 7 meeting. "Someone's going to die there." He said there are accidents on that curve, which is right near the church, about once a week, including two just that day.
Milne said the accidents usually happen when the road is wet or slippery and often involve people who are unfamiliar with the area.
After reviewing an updated emergency operations plan prepared by township staff, Upper Milford supervisors agreed they need more information and called for a meeting with the township fire chiefs and others who would be involved in emergency response.
"This [the updated plan] is a total waste," Supervisor Robert Sentner said at the Oct. 3 supervisors meeting. "I was looking for more specifics."
Supervisor George DeVault said he would like more details on how hazardous material spills would be handled and Sentner said he needs more information on evacuation routes.
Don't forget what happened in late October the past two years!
Two years ago there was a freak snowstorm, and last year, Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast. Both incidents caused lengthy power outages in the Upper and Lower Milford area, so residents are reminded to be prepared as fall and winter weather arrive.
If you own a generator, make sure it's working. Check that you have other emergency supplies on hand, such as flashlights with working batteries, candles, transistor radios, firewood, etc.
Upper Milford Township supervisors got some good news and some bad news from Township Manager Daniel DeLong at last week's brief meeting.
The good news, DeLong reported Sept. 5, is according to the year-to-date budget report, revenues are running slightly above estimates and expenses are slightly below.
The bad news was in mid-August, when two of the township's hard drives crashed simultaneously. Fortunately, DeLong said, the backup hard drives did work, and only about two hours of work was lost. He said the township's IT consultant said such an event was extremely unusual.