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.
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.