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Supervisors advance open space referendum

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

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.

Indian Creek plan tabled

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

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.

Resident questions spraying program

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

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.

Open space committee holds forum

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

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.

Comprehensive plan update in the works

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

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.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Open space referendum gains support

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.

Supervisors, developer clash over Fields at Indian Creek plans

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

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.