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.
Upper Milford officials made it clear last week they do not like the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's proposed reconstruction of the railroad bridge on Chestnut Street south of Emmaus, with the planning commission even threatening legal action to stop the plan.
Upper Milford supervisors last week received results of a traffic study conducted by Planning Coordinator Brian Miller at the Dillingersville Road railroad crossing.
Miller said the study was done between July 11 and 14 about 400 feet from the track. The study indicated an average of 1,407 vehicles daily on the weekdays, with an average speed of 35 miles per hour, which is the speed limit.
However, a top speed of 76 mph was recorded on the westbound side and of 58 mph on the eastbound side. There were also 98 vehicles more than 40 feet long.
Roads and traffic dominated discussion at the Upper Milford supervisors' July 2 meeting.
In a move aimed at keeping heavy trucks off Kings Highway South, the board authorized Assistant Township Manager Tim Haas to pursue implementing weight limits on that road.
Haas said a study will be needed to determine what weight limits are appropriate and then an ordinance will have to be adopted so those limits can be enforced.
Upper Milford Youth Association summer soccer sessions are back. UMYA will hold its second annual summer soccer session beginning July 8 and 11 and ending July 29 and Aug. 1. Rain dates will be the week of Aug. 3. Many Emmaus boys and girls soccer team members will be training the kids again.
The training and sessions will be run by Mike Gable, former Emmaus boys soccer assistant coach and Matt Skekel, current Swain School soccer head coach and UMYA soccer coordinator.
It's carnival time at the Lower Milford Fire Company, 6 to 10:30 p.m. June 10 to 13 at the fire company grounds, 1601 Limeport Pike. Live music will begin 7 p.m. each night.
The carnival also features fireworks, games, rides, food, a clam and beer pavilion, silent auction, Smokey Bear and bingo. Volunteers are needed. Call Rose Bendekovitz at 610-967-4469.
The Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile will visit the carnival 4 to 8 p.m. June 12.
Developer Rick Koze of Kay Builders argued vigorously before Upper Milford supervisors last week for more flexibility in the timing of construction of an emergency access road for Fields at Indian Creek, a 55 and over community of more than 200 homes and finally achieved a compromise.
The compromise language was included in the preliminary plan approved by supervisors at the May 21 meeting.
Some 30 residents from the Mink Estate area attended last week's Upper Milford supervisors meeting to voice concerns about a sketch plan for some 200 townhouses and twin homes on the Kohler tract, 4475 Mill Road.
The residents questioned what the impact of the plan, presented by Kay Builders, would have on, among other things, traffic and drainage.
Supervisors stressed the proposal is only a sketch plan and there is a long way to go before any action may be taken.
"There are a lot of unanswered questions," supervisors Chairman George DeVault said.
The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society is holding a plant sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 at the Zionsville Farmers Market, 5671 Chestnut St. in Zionsville. The proceeds will benefit the Hivel Und Dahl Restoration Fund. Call Bruce Mordaunt at 610-395-9836 for more information.
May is a busy month for St. Peter's Union Church, 7863 St. Peters Road. St. Peter's will join with Huff's Church May 9 in a walk to raise funds for hungry/homeless people. The five and 10-mile walks will begin 8 a.m. at St. Peter's. The two-mile walk will start 10 a.m. at Huff's Church.
Upper Milford supervisors, as they reviewed their April 8 meeting with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation during last week's regular meeting, made clear they are not entirely satisfied with the agency's responses to their concerns.
In addition to a number of specific issues, they emphasized they are not happy with the lack of action regarding the stress placed on township roads by ever-increasing traffic as a result of continued development.