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.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a delightful holiday season. Life and schedules will be returning to normal this week as kids go back to school and visiting family members leave to go back home.
Call it an early Christmas present. Or maybe an early birthday present. Either way, the 25 members of Station 19, Upper Milford’s Western District Fire Company, are starting off the new year in style – with new firefighting gear and nine new air packs, thanks to a $118,500 federal assistance to firefighters grant received late last year.
Faced with continued questions from members of the Vera Cruz Fire Department, Upper Milford supervisors last week decided to postpone a vote on the proposed grant of $50,000 to encourage the departments to undertake more training, certification and safety measures.
The $50,000 will remain in the 2017 budget for now, but Solicitor Marc Fisher advised supervisors they will have to decide what to do with it before final passage of the budget.
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Now that the Christmas season is upon us in earnest, pay attention to changes in the scheduling of meetings.
Upper Milford supervisors, for instance, held their regular meeting Dec. 1, the regularly scheduled date. But as of now, their Dec. 15 meeting is canceled. Instead the supervisors will hold a year-end meeting 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
Their re-organization meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017.
In a cover letter to supervisors regarding the tentative 2017 budget, Township Manager Daniel DeLong announced his intention to retire no later than at the end of 2017. Therefore the $2.7 million budget includes a one-time line item to fund a replacement person for approximately six months, at the board’s option.
Supervisors adopted the budget, which includes no tax increase, but made no comment on DeLong’s announcement.
Several members of Upper Milford’s two fire departments attended the supervisors meeting Nov. 3 to voice concerns and questions about the grant proposal unveiled at the last supervisors meeting.
The proposal would include up to $50,000 in next year’s budget to help the two companies enhance training, provide physicals for their members, apply for grants and purchase equipment. When it was first discussed at that meeting, some fire officials were worried they would be required to provide physicals and other training for all their members.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. In addition to the all too well-publicized race for president, there are also contests for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress on the ballot. Plus, Upper Milford residents will vote on a referendum question asking whether they support a small increase in the earned income tax to fund the acquisition of land by the township for purposes of preservation.