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Upper Milford Supervisors make no decision on public works head

UPPER MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Two executive sessions for personnel issues Thursday night were not enough to prompt Upper Milford Township Supervisors to announce a selection for a new director of public works.

The director of public works job has been vacant since supervisors terminated former public works head Steven Ackerman Jan. 16 by a 2-1 vote, leaving foreman Robert Schmetzle, Jr., and Township Manager, Dan DeLong, at the helm.

DeLong said there is still no timetable for supervisors to make a decision to fill the position. DeLong has previously stated the department will eventually be reorganized.

In other business, supervisors gave DeLong permission Thursday night to contact PennDOT to rectify a nagging truck traffic problem on St. Peter's Road in the township.

DeLong said PennDOT work on a the bridge spanning Indian Creek, at the intersection of Routes 29 and 100, is diverting truck traffic onto St. Peter's Road, which can't handle the increased load.

"Every truck that has to turn must violate traffic regulations," DeLong said. "They have to go to the wrong side of the road to make the turn."

DeLong said the situation caused a major traffic jam in the township Thursday afternoon.

Elsewhere, supervisors announced a special workshop session on Thursday, April 24 to discuss the township's emergency management plan. 

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