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.
Lehigh University graduate Martin Baron returned to the Lehigh Valley Feb. 18, and was welcomed warmly by the Bethlehem and Lehigh community at a packed Baker Auditorium.
Baron, a 1976 graduate, was the editor of the Boston Globe who helped lead the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. He led a discussion about the investigation, and the role of journalism, following a screening of “Spotlight,” the compelling Oscar-winning film about that investigation.
Upper Milford supervisors are continuing to seek more information before deciding whether to put an open space referendum on the ballot in 2017.
The idea of the referendum was the main topic of discussion at the Feb. 18 supervisors meeting. While supervisors didn’t make a decision, they directed township staff to come up with a list of properties in the township which would be appropriate for preservation, and the possible costs.
Upper Milford Towship supervisors at their Feb. 4 meeting reviewed the latest version of the plans for the Fields at Indian Creek, the 200-plus unit 55 and over development proposed at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard.
The proposal by Kay Builders, first aired almost four years ago, is on 78 acres and spreads over three municipalities; Upper Milford Township, Emmaus and Lower Macungie Township.
According to supervisors, Kay Builders is already taking reservations for homes in the development and groundbreaking was scheduled for this week.