Upper Milford Township Supervisors are proposing a grant of up to $50,000 in next year’s budget to help the two township fire departments enhance training of personnel and purchase needed equipment.
The proposal by Supervisor Robert Sentner would provide up to $5,000 for physicals for firefighters, increase the annual training grant (currently $2,500 per station) to $5,000, provide $5,000 to match grants which the fire stations obtain from other sources and allocate $10,000 for vehicle rescue technician certification.
After a perfunctory hearing at the Oct. 6 meeting, Upper Milford supervisors added another 26 acres to the township’s agricultural security area. The land included a little over nine acres owned by Richard Malburg at 6220 Vera Cruz Road and 3.4 acres at 6060 German Road.
Also added were the following parcels owned by Judith Parker: 7.5 acres at 5482 Chestnut St. and 6.35 acres at 5546 Chestnut St.
Upper Milford supervisors at their Sept. 15 meeting insisted they are taking no official position on the open space referendum which will appear on the November ballot.
Phil Vanim, a member of the open space committee who has spoken against the measure, challenged their neutrality, contending “there was advocacy going on” at the special meetings supervisors held last spring to discuss the issue.
He contended, “If you were against it [the referendum question], you never would have put out the referendum.”
After a lengthy discussion Sept. 1 about whether there should be sidewalks along Chestnut Street adjacent to the proposed reconstruction of the railroad bridge, Upper Milford supervisors took the advice of their solicitor, Marc Fisher, and said the decision should be up to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
New invasive pest ‘spotted’ in Upper Milford
Upper Milford supervisors and several residents received a tutorial on the spotted lanternfly at the Aug. 18 supervisors meeting.
John Baker and Sven-Erik Spichiger from the state Department of Agriculture presented information on the recently discovered invasive pest and explained how residents can help combat it.
By The 65th annual Vera Cruz Homecoming, sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association and held rain or shine at Mystic Chain Park, is Vera Cruz’s version of a community block party. It is open to residents and nonresidents of Vera Cruz, noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 21.
Fans of local television personality “Uncle Jeffrey” will certainly want to stop by. Jeff Tapler, known as “Uncle Jeffrey,” will broadcast his weekly health and happiness show live from homecoming 3 to 5 p.m. The show will feature the music of “The Zepp Family Band.”
Upper Milford supervisors at their July 7 meeting approved the wording of an informational flyer about the open space referendum question which will be on the November ballot.
The question asks voters whether they favor the imposition of an additional .1385 percent earned income tax to finance the acquisition, protection, conservation or preservation of undeveloped open space.
Upper Milford supervisors June 16 approved an agreement with Paul Sarver to settle the township’s legal action against him. Sarver continued to hold weddings on his property, Meadowbrook Farm, despite his request for a permit being rejected by the zoning hearing board.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors at their June 16 meeting approved the language of a referendum question asking residents to approve a small tax increase to fund acquisition of open space, but not before angry objections from resident Phil Vanim, who is a member of the open space committee.
“You’re pushing through an increase in the earned income tax….with no sunset provision,” he said. “You have no financial plan and no target properties have been discussed.”
“The bottom line…no deal.”
That was Upper Milford Supervisors Chairman George DeVault’s conclusion June 2 after more than two hours of discussion regarding a possible compromise to resolve complaints about Paul Sarver, who is still renting his property for weddings despite being denied permission by the zoning hearing board.