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Upper Milford Township manager defends 2011 land purchase

Township supervisors seek to sell half-acre tract

UPPER MILFORD TWP. Pa. - A half-acre tract of land purchased by Upper Milford Township in 2011 could soon be listed for sale if township supervisors can garner an acceptable price.

The property, located at the intersection of Shimerville Road and Mill Road, was purchased by the township for $72,000 almost three years ago.

Township Manager Dan DeLong said the unoccupied home on the property was torn down.

The property at the intersection was improved so that motorists and school buses didn't need to partially pull out onto Mill Road in order to see before turning safely.

A township resident shouted at DeLong, stating that the $72,000 purchase price was "the biggest waste of township money" he'd ever seen, because they did nothing with the property.

DeLong replied decisively to the resident's boisterous complaint.

"If 20 kids on school buses are alive today because we did what we did, I'm happy that the board of supervisors made the purchase," DeLong said.

Supervisor Robert Sentner told DeLong that if he could list the property at an acceptable price, he should do so.

Recreation committee wants walking trail at Lenape Park

Township Recreation Commission Chairman, Phil Vanim, asked supervisors if money is available to construct a 0.4 mile paved walking trail around the perimeter of Lenape Park.

Vanim said there has been interest in such a trail.

Sentner said the fix for stormwater issues could be 10 times the cost of the actual paving project.

Supervisors and DeLong agreed to examine the project's sketch plan.

Vanim also told supervisors the recreation committee is concerned about the shape of the 20-year-old playground equipment behind the township building.

"The playground is showing its age," he said. "It doesn't make sense to replace it and continuing to maintain it is costly upkeep. We could create a better grass field where kids can play organized activities like tee-ball, soccer and lacrosse."

Sentner said he always sees children playing on the equipment when he is at the township building.

Supervisors said they would evaluate the situation.

In other business, supervisors announced a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. to further discuss the township's Emergency Management Operations Plan.

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