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LMRA

LMRA is a not-for profit association dedicated to preserving, promoting, and enhancing the quality of life in Lower Milford Township. We are not associated with any government, or corporate entity. We believe that a well informed resident when cooperating with other residents is the most powerful way to ensure a great Township to live in.

Membership

We need your support to continue fighting for our quality of life. This year will be critical in our fight with Geryville Materials as they litigate the remaining Zoning Board Hearing and appeal the local decisions to the courts.

Renewing membership or joining early in the year, helps us plan our strategy for the remainder of the year

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PA Commonwealth Court Affirms Lower Court Denial of the Curative Ammendment Appeal

Court DecisionLower Milford Township has another WIN in the higher courts!  On June 18, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the decision made by the Lower Milford Board of Supervisors to DENY the Geryville Materials 2004 application for a Curative Amendment which would allow them to establish a quarry on 628+ acres in Lower Milford Township. The Township and the LMRA were successful in defending the denial of the Curative Amendment Application in both the Court of Common Pleas Lehigh County (June 2013) and in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (June 2014).  We suspect Geryville Materials will appeal this decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Geryville Materials and others in the community would have us believe the quarry battle is over (based on the March court ruling on the preliminary land development plan for an 84+ acre development site on the 628 acre property) - IT IS NOT!  The latest PA court decision again proves that the fight is NOT over.  While the Planning Commission must approve the preliminary land development plan, subject to Planning Commission conditions, Geryville Materials still cannot start any development on the property.  WHY?  BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE ZONING APPROVAL.  Their 2009 zoning application is still before the Township Zoning Hearing Board and they have yet to prove their case.  At the moment, these zoning hearings have been temporarily placed on hold.  On July 7, the Planning Commission will reopen discussion regarding the Land Development Plan, which per the PA Supreme court decision they will need to approve, subject to Planning Commission conditions.  Regardless of what you may hear after this meeting, keep in mind the plan is preliminary.  Geryville Materials MUST receive zoning approval for the plan to be valid, and that still has not happened.

It has been a long 10 years, but the LMRA still remains vigilant in opposing ANY quarry development requests in Lower Milford Township.  We thank you for your continued support and encourage all members to become active by attending township meetings and hearings.  

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 13:23
 
Lower Milford Elementary to Close

School closedAt the Southern Lehigh School Board Meeting on March 10, the School Board voted to rebuild Hopewell School and close Lower Milford Elementary. Only three Board Members, John Quigley, Kathleen Parsons, and Willian Lycett voted to keep Lower Milford Elementary open. Mr. Quigley voted for shutting down Hopewell and repairing LME, and adding capacity to Liberty Bell. The other two Board members voted to repair LME  and rebuild Hopewell. Mr. Quigley argued that LME could be repaired and extra capacity added to Liberty Bell for $6M less than the alternative chosen, continue to provide excellent neighborhood schools for all three communities in the District,  provide a focal point in each community, and provide the same capacity as the alternative chosen. The alternative chosen by Ms. Parsons and Mr. Lycett would be about $1M less than chosen alternative and provide slightly less capacity. Ms. Parsons agreed with Mr. Quigley for the need of neighborhood schools. This differed from Superintendent Christmans belief that there was no such evidence. In fact, school size and neighborhood schools have been shown to enhance the educational experience in the first few formative years that lasts through college. Mr. Lindsay led the faction to build a new school with a significant tax increase stating the Board should be proactive in building a new school about the same size as the alternatives others suggested but at a very high cost so that the Board would not have to revisit the issue in 5 - 10 years if their demographic study proved wrong and growth was substantially higher.  In comments to the Morning Call, Ms Gunkle, Chairman, was quoted as saying that the closing should not take effect for many years. This seems to contradict the need for maintenance that prompted this decision. Mr Bergey, Director of Support Services, is quoted that the new school could be ready as soon as 2015 directly contradicting the Board Chairman

Donna Wright, our Supervisor, and Lowell Linde, a previous school board member, both asked to give the Township an opportunity to present LMT's findings of serious defficiencies in the Board's analysis before making a decision. It was denied with disrespect by Mr. Lindsay who indicated that the time for presentation was a lot more than afforded to any other citizen or entity; the Township could have broken the presentation into 10 three minute statements and given one at each of the Board Meetings prior to this meeting!

Thus, the Board voted to spend over $17.75M to rebuild Hopewell resulting in about the same capacity as we have today. But, the decision has other consequences. 

  • It eliminates neighborhood schools which have been shown as important factors in the success of students. The literature is at odds with the opinion expressed by Superintendant Christman who concluded the that they werenot important, based on her findings from the papers she cited but often misinterpreted.
  • It deprives Lower Milford Township of an emergency shelter and a community rallying point. 
  • It further isolates Lower Milford Township residents from the rest of the District. 

It closes a school that all agreed was in "excellent" condition to rebuild a school where no increase in capacity is provided to accomodate future growth over less expensive alternatives.

We regret that this LOSE-LOSE decision will end our tradition of neighborhood schools that well served our community and our students since the 1700's. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 21:48
 



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