So what about the property?

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:47

    MILFORD - “Hello, we’re still out here,” seemed to be the tone of a recent township letter to school officials. For the past several months Milford Township officials have been trying to find out what, if any, plans the Delaware Valley School District may have for the Santos Farm property. The 118-acre farm straddles U.S. Routes 6/209 and extends to the Delaware River. It is generally recognized as the last and best remaining commercial tract in the township. Last November, the school board authorized Solicitor Michael Weinstein to negotiate for its purchase. Since then, school officials have discussed their land proposals in closed session. They’ve had little or nothing to say about the property to anyone, including the township. Pike County officials have since made publicized efforts to interest the National Park Service. The land adjoins the federally protected river, but park officials say they have no money for such a purchase. The school board met with township officials in April, but attorney Anthony Waldron’s May 19 letter reveals that little information was exchanged. “I understand that the district may only be considering this site, but the township should be involved in any planning considerations early in the process,” he wrote. Asked about these issues in March, Weinstein said called the questions premature and said there was really nothing to report. The township position was originally introduced by planner Tom Shepstone. It is that state law requires that the district submit and proposed action “relating to the location... of any school district structure or land” 45 days “prior to the execution” of that action. Waldron asked that the school either inform the township that the property was no longer in play or set up a meeting with Milford officials. “Milford Township does have some concerns about the development of the Santos property,” he wrote. The letter was read without comment at the township supervisors June 4 meeting. In other business Monday, the supervisors approved construction of a 100,000 gallon pond in the rear of the Altec-Lansing Tecchnologies property on U.S. Route 6/209 for fire suppression purposes. A new water main is to be installed in the area later this year, but the pond is required as fire protection for timely reconstruction of a warehouse.