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Board of Supervisors Says ‘No’ to Sewer Project Exemption

The Upper Milford Board of Supervisors voted at its July 5 meeting to deny Ralph Christman’s request to opt out of the Vera Cruz Sewer Project.

For Ralph Christman, it seems two strikes means he’s out. At least as far as his recent request to opt out of the Vera Cruz Sewer Project is concerned.

In a 2-0 vote Thursday night, the Upper Milford Board of Supervisors denied Christman’s request for an exemption from the ongoing Vera Cruz Sewer Project. Supervisor George DeVault abstained from the decision.

Before making the motion to deny Christman’s exemption, Supervisor Robert Sentner said: “Whether we like it or not, we need to abide by the ordinance that we set. I feel for you Mr. Christman, I really do, but our hands are kind of tied.”

Supervisors’ Chair Daniel Mohr said: “I only wish he had come in at the beginning. (With the project already underway) there are people who would have been in the same situation that you are in now who are already hooked up to the sewer.

Township solicitor Marc Fisher confirmed that those properties required to hook up to the sewer are determined at the state level by Upper Milford’s status as a second-class township. “The state legislature makes the law as to who has to hook up in a second-class township,” Fisher said.

Ultimately, Sentner ended the discussion on Christman’s situation stating: “I will make the sad motion to deny Mr. Christman’s request.”

Supervisor George DeVault, who lives in Milestone Area III of the Vera Cruz project and finds himself in a similar situation to Christman, abstained from the vote. “It’s not fair, it’s wrong, and it needs to be better. I can’t vote for it (the exemption) because I would want one too,” DeVault said.

Christman, who lives at 3311 Main Road East, first approached of the ongoing at the board’s June 7 meeting. At that time, Christman told the board he was seeking the exemption because his house sits more than 500 feet from the road and his 11-acre property has a fully functional and relatively new sand mound.

wanda fatzinger July 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
So, in addition to the public sewer, how long does anyone think it will take for the residents to be forced to take public water too??
Robert Sentner July 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
1% of the cost, really what do you think a soundmound cost? And where do you think most of these people are going to put one? Some of the properties are smaller than the size of the sand mound. No big Development coming the EDU's are pretty much spoken for, also Our zoning restrictions are for maintaining the rural settings of Upper Milford and have been that way for years. So I don't see anyone developing Vera Cruz in my lifetime. Now Lower Macungie is a different story.
tamarya July 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM
May never happen wanda, lehigh township went to public water but never hooked to sewere, they still have the septic systems 20 yrs later. Now for here where I am in longswamp hoping they switch to public water because we have alot of treating and need a 5,000 plus filter system on our well because of extremely high iron.
Carl Stevenson July 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM
The "community" or the "collective"? How does forcing people who have no need to hook up to spend thousands for an unnecessary "service" benefit the community??? Again, this is all about making people dependent on govt ( and to pay what's ALWAYS an increasing amount TO govt for "services" that are of dubious value at best.
Carl Stevenson July 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I'm surprised they didn't put water lines in with the sewer. Now they'll have to tear up the roads again to put in water when they decide they meet to fluoridate us to make us mor passive and complianit subjects .... But what do they care? After all, they'll just make us pay for that, too. (Guess again, I have 12 acres with a good well, a perfectly fine septic system, and I will NOT hook up to their system if they try to expand it into my area (which I expect they will try to do in the future.)

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