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.
Upper Milford supervisors last week approved the lot consolidation plan for the Fields at Indian Creek, but tabled approval of the Phase 1 final plan for the 200-plus unit age restricted development at the corner of Chestnut Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Supervisors Chairman George DeVault said after the May 5 meeting there are “still some unanswered questions” about the final plan, including some of the bridges and trails in the recreational space which are part of the plan. The vote to table was 2-1 with Supervisor Daniel Mohr opposed.
St. Peter’s Union Church will team with Huff’s Church in a walk for the hungry and homeless May 14. The 5- and 10-mile walks will begin 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s; the three-mile walk will start 10 a.m. at Huff’s. For more information, call Pat Miller at 610-682-7377 or the church office at 610-966-3030.
Upper Milford supervisors at their April 21 meeting directed Township Manager Daniel DeLong to respond to a resident’s concerns about the use of herbicides and pesticides to control vegetation.
Supervisors were reacting to a letter, which they praised as well-written and thoughtful, from Donna Widdowson of Sell Road.
In her April 7 letter, Widdowson expressed concern about the environmental impact and health effects of the chemicals the township sprays along roads, on private property and near streams and creeks.
In the wake of seeing the Kohler property slated for development, as well as inexorably increasing traffic in Upper Milford Township as a result of development both in and out of the township, supervisors and the open space committee held a forum April 13 to look into ways of preserving open space, such as earmarking a small tax increase for its purchase, as well as other issues impacting farmers.