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.
The Emmaus/Upper Milford Joint Advisory Council is once again sponsoring an Earth Day clean-up. It will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon April 16, rain or shine. Residents are invited to take part in cleaning up litter and debris from sites throughout the borough and township.
Representatives of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission met with Upper Milford supervisors March 3 to discuss plans for updating the Southwestern Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan.
The plan, which was last updated in 2004, provides a guide for the municipalities of Upper and Lower Milford and Lower Macungie townships, as well as the boroughs of Emmaus, Macungie and Alburtis, for planning the direction of their communities.
The LVPC is now working with those communities on updating the plan.
Upper Milford supervisors were told last week the Open Space Committee is supporting the idea of a ballot referendum on designating a small tax increase for preserving open space in the township.
Supervisor Robert Sentner said the committee discussed the issue at its March 9 meeting and voted in favor of a referendum.
According to Open Space Committee Chairman Francis Caputo, who was at the supervisors’ March 17 meeting, his committee would like to see the referendum on the November ballot and will spend the next few months educating the public about the idea.
Upper Milford supervisors on March 3 reviewed the recreation area of the proposed Fields at Indian Creek in a lengthy discussion punctuated by acrimonious exchanges between supervisor Robert Sentner and Rick Koze of Kay Builders.
Ultimately, no decision was made on the developer’s latest proposals, instead asking for more comments from the township engineer.