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.
Upper Milford supervisors, at their June 2 meeting, purchased two parcels of land totaling 24.9 acres from Chris Fulmer.
The land, along with adjacent land already donated to the township by Harold Fulmer, will create a 35-acre tract to be known as the Harold G. Fulmer Nature Preserve.
The two additional parcels were a vacant lot at 3750 Quarry Drive, for which the township will pay $100,000 and a second tract at 3641 Main Road East, at a price of $288,000. There is currently a tenant on that land.
Citizen’s Fire Company of Vera Cruz, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will install free smoke alarms in Upper Milford Township homes which need them June 11.
The alarms are guaranteed for 10 years and the fire company team of volunteers will install as many smoke detectors in each home as are needed.
Fire Chief Joe Sherman recommends a detector on every floor.
Sherman said the program will concentrate first on the village of Vera Cruz and the Rabbit Farm section of the township, but it is hoped to eventually reach every homeowner in the township.
Upper Milford Township supervisors, at their May 19 meeting, approved a draft of a referendum question to be placed on the November ballot, asking residents to approve a modest increase in the earned income tax to fund the conservation and protection of open space in the township.
The four-page question refers to the protection of undeveloped land, including forests, farmlands and other open spaces. Township Solicitor Marc Fisher said the question has to be that long, by statute, in order to include as many of the potential types of land to be purchased as possible.
It’s carnival time at the Lower Milford Fire Company on Limeport Pike. Dates are June 8 to 11. Grounds open 6 p.m., music and rides start 7 p.m. The fire company is still looking for donations for the silent auction.
Go to the fire company’s website for a list of the many items included in the silent auction at lowermilford.org/carnival.
Upper Milford supervisors last week assured residents the township has already started legal proceedings against Paul Sarver, who is continuing to rent his barn and six-bedroom home at 6575 Vera Cruz Road for wedding events, despite being denied a permit for this activity by the zoning hearing board.
Upper Milford supervisors moved one step closer last week to putting an open space referendum on the November ballot, instructing township staff to come up with wording for a referendum which would call for a small increase in the earned income tax.
Supervisors took the action at a joint meeting May 11 with the open space committee, attended by about 35 interested residents. Support for action to preserve open space and farmland in the township was virtually unanimous; the principal debate was over how to fund it.