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Supervisors Table Decision on Vera Cruz Sewer Exemption

Ralph Christman, of 3311 Main Road East, is told to come back to the Upper Milford Board of Supervisors July 5 meeting for an answer on his request to opt out of the Vera Cruz sewer project.

At this point, no news is good news for Ralph Christman.

The Vera Cruz man recently of the ongoing . He came to last night’s Supervisor’s meeting hoping for the board's response to his request.

However, with only two of the three Supervisors in attendance last night, Christman’s appeal was tabled until the July 5 meeting when the entire board could be part of the decision. Supervisors’ Chair Daniel Mohr was absent last night.

Supervisor Robert Sentner, who was running the meeting on Mohr’s behalf, said: “I think we should wait until Dan comes back. It’s not fair for only two of us to vote.”

Christman, 3311 Main Road East, approached the board at the June 7 meeting to request 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.

Last night, Upper Milford Township Solicitor Marc Fisher advised the board to think carefully before allowing anyone to opt out of the sewer project.

The ordinance is really specific and does not allow for any exceptions,” Fisher said. “Once you make an exception for one person, you are going to get requests from others.”

Plus, he said, the township could open itself up to problems with those who already are connected to the public sewer system, who could claim they were in a similar situation to Christman’s before hooking up, and that they destroyed a working septic system to remain in compliance with the township’s sewer ordinance.

Fisher also said that allowing certain homeowners to opt out of the ordinance could even impact project prices for everyone else, since those prices were determined based on an estimated number of properties participating in the project.

Sentner said, “It’s our ordinance and whether I like it or not, we have to abide by our ordinance. It’s an ordinance that we wrote and we approved ourselves.”

Chandler June 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
And it's an absurd ordinance! How can you demand people to hook up when they have fully functioning systems that are not causing any problems. Should have been made that as any system fails or needs repair---only then would you have to hook up. They are not "participants" ----they are being hijacked!
P Feninez June 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Visit America on Wheels...great museum! Jennifer - take your visitor from Cypress.
Paul June 22, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Get in line. Put up the money and get it install stop your complaining! I'm one the first whom got it installed. You and many of neighbors voted these people in office take care this at election time.
tamarya June 22, 2012 at 09:16 PM
They did the same thing to lehigh township residents about 15 to 20 yrs ago, they put in a water plant and hooked up to city water and the private wells were no longer used. Did not matter how many voted aganst it, like this supervisor said it is our ordinance so do it. The residents in lehigh township paid for any yard damage to put the lines in plus if driveways were damaged they paid for that plus they paid the fee to put the lines in.
Sue Adams July 09, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Any updates on this article??
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Thanks for asking Sue. Look for an article on the site tomorrow about what the supervisors decided and why.

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