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Countryside Blight Prompts Nuisance Law Request

Condition of certain properties in Upper Milford Township, including the Countryside Restaurant, causes resident to ask the Upper Milford Board of Supervisors to consider enacting a public nuisance ordinance.

For the most part, Mike Makoul thinks his friends and neighbors in are pretty reliable people. Nonetheless, the Zionsville resident asked the Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors at last night’s meeting to consider adopting a public nuisance ordinance in the township.

Makoul, of 6600 Granville Road, listed conditions at properties like the , which was that happened more than a year ago, among his reasons for coming before the board.

Would you favor a public nuisance ordinance in Upper Milford Township?

“I think the township could benefit from such an ordinance,” he said. “I think the vast majority of residents are responsible people who take pride in their properties.

“But there are places like Countryside that has been vacant for over a year and in need of repair. A public nuisance ordinance would give the township a tool to deal with situations like that,” added Makoul, who said he has lived in Upper Milford Township for three years.

Makoul provided the supervisors with a public nuisance ordinance recently passed in Southampton Township in Franklin County, Pa., as an example of what Upper Milford could do. That ordinance, he said, covers everything from uncut grass to junk vehicles.

“I think it is a balanced ordinance,” he said. “It has provisions for people who might make frivolous complaints. It is a common sense approach and I think it will have support.”

Board of Supervisors Chair Daniel Mohr thanked Makoul and said the board would take the issue under consideration.

After the meeting Makoul said that he brought the Southampton ordinance to the supervisors because Southampton has a similar population size to Upper Milford and is also a rural community.

Dead tall grass remained strewn about the lot of the Countryside Restaurant Thursday evening and a Cityline Construction sign also was posted to the right edge of the building.  The Allentown company specializes in reconstruction and redevelopment of damaged buildings, according to its website. Cityline performed the removal of fire debris this week from the interior, according to township officials.

Ronald Weaver June 09, 2012 at 07:26 PM
My good mom passed away a little over a year ago at 91, she used to say I was opinionated. I think I am a believer in her opinion of me after thinking about it. My dad, better know as Buddy still is alive and pretty well, both grew up in Upper Milford. I look at my neighbors as they did, as my friends, not as possible liabilities, no matter how high their grass is. I have been blessed in countless ways with God's help, and hard work, and I am thankful and look at my neighbors as equals, and actually at 70 living in different parts of the Township have not one incident of a neighbor or Township officials I could complain about or see a need for any new restrictive ordnances that they don't already cover. My opinion... If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Jen June 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM
In reference to Mr Weaver's comments, it is a shame that you have turned this into a personal attack and had to mention financial situations. I believe that Mr Makoul's intention was to hold abandoned property owners accountable. It is likely that these property owners don't live in the township so they don't necessarily care what their property looks like. I would be happy to see abandoned properties (Countryside, house near Vito's) cleaned up. I think we should be asking why they have been allowed to look like they do for so long not making this about neighbor vs neighbor.
Emmaus 4 Life June 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Just yesterday I noticed a house along Vera Cruz Rd. that is much worse than the Countryside property. I believe that area is Upper Milford.
Ronald Weaver June 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Not a personal attack but an attack on the idea of new set of ordinance which may infringe on other citizens not only those owning abandon properties. Why not deal with people owning abandon properties only? In reality who is going to determine if a property needs to be cleaned up, they will become defensive and say what about this persons property, thus the litigations. I am sure this suggested new ordinance involves all citizens not just abandon unsightly property owners. Again I say it is not that simple and it will become a financial issue both to individuals and the Township trying to enforce new ordinances as well meaning they may be. Never disagreed with cleaning up these abandon properties just agains a whole new set of ordinances, never do I question Mr. Makouls good intentions.
Ronald Weaver June 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
a example of enforcement..You pass a law about unsightly property, usually grass uncut (abandon vehicles, junk already covered by ordinances) A complaint from a neighbor about this certain property, a Township enforcement officer has to react because of this new ordnance. A letter goes out and most may comply and fix the problem. A few might respond and say I know 20 other properties that have unsightly uncut grass, but you say it only pretains to certain properties that are not rural. Who defines what is rural, or maybe someone has the argument that they allow their choice of certain parts of their property for wild life.Take this to court and see who wins. Best keep the ordnance to those with abandon properties because no one will have an issue with this type of ordnance addition. These ordnances types make attorney's happy. Personally I keep a very neat property.

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