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.
Upper Milford Township road crews won high praise at the Feb. 4 supervisors meeting for the snow removal work during the recent blizzard. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, not so much.
Residents Phil Casey and Francis Caputo, Citizens Fire Company Chief Joe Sherman and supervisors all praised the efforts of the township crews.
“Public works did an outstanding job,” Casey said.
Caputo said the residents of Mink Estates, where he lives, all appreciate the department’s efforts.
The Zionsville Area Food Pantry is a cooperative social ministry of the Lutheran, Methodist, UCC, Mennonite and EC congregations in the Zionsville and Upper Milford communities. The pantry is open for public distribution at 5901 Kings Highway South during the following hours: 4 to 6 p.m. on the third Monday and Wednesday of each month and 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month. To visit the pantry, park in the church parking lot of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and enter the building via the glass doors.
The Kohler tract again dominated discussion at last week’s Upper Milford supervisors meeting.
A number of residents were again present to express their concerns about the proposed development of the 32-acre property.
But the key action Jan. 21 was supervisors’ approval of a pre-development agreement with Kay Builders which would require the developer to include a neighborhood park on the land when it is developed as residences.