LOWER MILFORD – Humorous and level-headed even during cantankerous township meetings, Donna Wright says she serves as chair of Lower Milford’s Board of Supervisors because she loves her community. “How are my roads taken care of? How is my local community? How does it impact my taxes? That’s where my interest lies.”
Fiscal responsibility is Wright’s overarching concern. She said she wants to limit “costs for the community so we don’t have to raise taxes” on families already experiencing financial hardships. Wright said she understands that newer residents may expect services that Lower Milford Township has scarcely, or never, had. However, Wright added, she aims to “support the needs of the community within our monetary limits” and “to make sure Lower Milford is covered with ambulance service in the best way possible.”
Wright intends to further support the community through a Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance — a set of detailed engineering instructions provided by the township for construction projects — and a plan for the Village of Limeport. Fast traffic, a lack of footpaths, and scanty parking are a few of the difficulties she hopes to overcome to help Limeport become a more prosperous village. Wright said that a plan “should really help businesses there grow and help property owners do some other things commercially with their properties.” She explained that a new sewage plant in Limeport will make it easier to put shops and public restrooms in the village. Wright added that the plant should be completed after this Thanksgiving.
In addition to serving on the board of supervisors since 2004, Wright served six years on the zoning hearing board, four years on the planning commission, and four years on the recreation and open space board. In 2009, Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham also appointed Wright to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
Prior to serving the township in an official capacity, Wright was president of the Lower Milford Residents’ Association during its struggle against the proposed Victorian Villages subdivision. According to Wright, the proposed 450 townhouse project and assisted living facility was “not right” for a township without larger infrastructure to support it. In addition, she helped facilitate the preservation of 1.5 acres of King’s Quarry, a centuries-old jasper source American Indians used for arrowhead production.
Among her proudest accomplishments as a supervisor has been the creation of a new park for Lower Milford. According to Wright, small residential properties created during the building boom of the 1980s and 1990s forced some residents to seek recreational space away from their homes. Wright said the township’s new, four-acre park will serve their need for walking, exercising, and playing space. Located behind the township’s municipal building, the park was the joint efforts of many in the community, Wright said. Its grand opening is scheduled for next spring.
Wright, who is planning to run for re-election to the board of supervisors in 2011, said she is not interested in higher office. “I’ve really enjoyed serving Lower Milford. I don’t want to hold a bigger office.”