Upper Milford Township officials are seeking the person or persons who discarded four partly filled 30-gallon barrels in the vicinity of Scout Road near the railroad tracks April 17. Two of the barrels were determined to contain a mixture of waste motor oil and water, one contained kerosene and water and the fourth contained transmission fluid and water.
A ban on outdoor burning is in effect in the township as of April 5. Upper Milford supervisors announced the ban at their April 4 meeting.
Township Manager Daniel DeLong said fire chiefs Ira Shade, of Western District Fire Co. # 1, and Joe Sherman, of Vera Cruz Fire Company, agreed a ban is necessary, since the rain originally predicted for last Friday was no longer expected.
The Emmaus and Upper Milford Environmental Advisory Council is presenting an interesting and informative series of programs called "South Mountain: Our Backyard: Past, Today and Tomorrow" 7 to 9 p.m.
The state police have informed Upper Milford Township the cell tower they have asked to erect near the township building will have to be 160 feet tall instead of the 140-foot tower supervisors approved last year.
At their March 21 meeting, supervisors were told the police have offered to increase the lease fee for the tower from $2,000 to $3,000, so supervisors voted 2-1 to ask the township fire chiefs and medevac whether a light would now be needed on top of the tower.
Upper Milford Township supervisors heard a plea from Robert Sharpe Jr., member of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels, to provide the organization with some modest funding, but politely refused to change their decision not to include any such money in this year's budget.
"We're not just picking on Meals on Wheels," supervisors Chair Daniel Mohr told Sharpe. "We cut everybody [nonprofits] this year except for the fire companies."
Upper Milford Township supervisors are looking for input into updating the township's emergency management plan, especially in the wake of the extended power outage after Hurricane Sandy. Do you want more information? Would you like to help out? Then come to a meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the township building to discuss emergency management plans. The public is invited.
Upper Milford Township supervisors will join Whitehall Township in opposing the proposal being considered by the City of Allentown to sell or lease its water and sewer system to a private entity.
At supervisors' Feb. 21 meeting, board member George DeVault raised the issue, saying if the plan goes through, it would have a significant impact on township residents, who get some of their water from Allentown and use Allentown's wastewater treatment plant through the Lehigh County Authority.
The Upper Milford Township supervisors announced at their Feb. 7 meeting they will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. March 12 to update the township's emergency management plan.
Supervisors agreed some changes need to be made after residents urged the board, in the wake of the extended power outage after Hurricane Sandy, to update procedures for shelters and helping people stranded during emergencies.
Otherwise last week, insurance issues dominated the discussion.
Beet juice instead of salt for slippery roads?
It sounds silly, or crazy, but Upper Milford Township resident Phil Casey, a regular at supervisors meetings, told the board at its Feb. 7 meeting that many municipalities in other states are using a compound that incorporates organic materials such as beet juice as an alternative to road salt.
Road salt, Casey said, is corrosive to vehicles and roads, and leads to toxic runoff into streams. It's also expensive.
It's only February, but Upper Milford Youth Association spring sports registration is now open for baseball, softball, T-Ball and soccer. Don't wait; register online at www.umya.org.
The Upper Milford Youth Association meets 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19.
Open enrollment at the Village School Preschool, Old Zionsville continues. Visit www.thevillageschooloz. com to obtain registration forms or contact Genevieve at 267-228-4997.