Discussion of the proposed Chestnut Street Wellness Center plan dominated the March 16 Upper Milford Township supervisors’ meeting. The center is being proposed by Pro-Cere Constructors LLC on the site of the former Blue Butterfly Tea Room and gift shop.
The plans are to remove the tea room building and add on to the existing gift shop building. The center would be occupied by two physicians. The main concern of both supervisors and the township planning commission in its recommendations is the location of the entrance to the center.
Representatives of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission presented a draft of the new Southwestern Lehigh County comprehensive plan to Upper Milford supervisors last week.
There is still time to get tickets to enjoy a “Nite at the Races” and basket raffle March 11 at the Alburtis Area Community Center, 220 W. 2nd St., Alburtis. This fun event is sponsored by the Emmaus Lions Club. Doors open 5 p.m. and the first race runs 6:30 p.m.
Your donation buys you a fun evening of races, food, wine, beer, coffee and soda and door prizes. The food includes, meatballs, hot roast beef, sausage sandwiches, broasted chicken, a variety of salads, snacks and desserts.
Upper Milford supervisors last week announced the appointment of Edward A. (“Bud”) Carter to the position of assistant manager.
Carter, chosen from 60 applicants, will start work in the township March 7. He replaces Tim Haas, who resigned in December.
Carter was public works director in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, where he has been employed for 21 years.
Upper Milford supervisors at their Feb. 16 meeting tabled action on Phase 1B and 2 of the Fields at Indian Creek, after expressing frustration with the many changes the developer, Kay Builders, has made to the plans.
“I’ve had it with this whole entire plan,” Supervisor Robert Sentner complained regarding the proposed 55 and over community with more than 200 homes and townhomes.
Sentner twice made motions not to accept the plans for the two phases, but both motions died for lack of a second.
Kay Builders representatives met last week with Upper Milford supervisors to review questions related to their plans for the 30-acre Kohler tract in the township.
The company plans some 200 townhomes and twin homes on the property and company representatives wanted direction regarding some of the issues which have been raised by the planning commission.
Happy February! The days are getting longer and the Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday, Feb. 5.
As a former Massachusetts resident and Patriots season ticket holder, I’ll be rooting for Brady and the boys this Sunday!
For many area churches, including St. Peter’s Union Church, this Sunday is also the Souper Bowl of Caring. Join other generous people around the country by dropping a donation of $1 (or more) into the soup bowl as you leave worship service Sunday.
At an otherwise uneventful supervisors’ meeting Jan. 19, the condition of state roads in the township was criticized to a representative of State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, who was paying his annual visit to the township to listen to its concerns.
Matthew Szuchy, Browne’s local government liaison, found himself bombarded by resident Phil Casey and supervisors with complaints about the roads and the state’s snowplowing efforts.
The township “spends too much energy trying to police your roads,” Casey said. He also complained “your snowplowing is lousy.”
At a brief reorganization meeting last week, Upper Milford supervisors elected George DeVault to a third term as chairman. Daniel Mohr was named vice-chairman. They were both nominated by Supervisor Robert Sentner.
All the other appointments and resolutions on the agenda were adopted unanimously and with little or no discussion. They included reappointing Sentner as the board’s representative to the Lehigh County Authority and DeVault to the Agricultural Security Board.
Upper Milford supervisors adopted the 2017 budget, which includes no property tax increase at the Dec. 29, 2016 meeting. The tax rate holds at .171 mills.
The budget includes $50,000 for a grant to be distributed to the township’s two fire companies, but the vote on how that money is to be distributed was not unanimous. That grant had become contentious because members of the Citizens Fire Company of Vera Cruz had objected to the way the money was directed to be used.