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Forks Fights Over Supervisor Appointments

Forks Township supervisors chose representatives for BCAF and TRCOG at its reorganization meeting.

Forks Township's Board of Supervisors started the new year not with a bang, but with bickering.

At the recent reorganization meeting, the supervisors voted for annual appointments in which their members serve as representatives on various local and regional boards.

Those board reports are issued at each monthly supervisors meeting and the supervisors will attend functions and meetings of those boards.

During the reorganization earlier this month, there was some controversy over which supervisors would serve on the Business and Commerce Association of Forks Township and the regional Two Rivers Council on Governments.

And Supervisor David Billings was not pleased with either appointment.

Last year, Billings served as Forks' representative on the Two Rivers Council of Governments, or TRCOG.

"Our goal is to divide and conquer," Supervisor Dan Martyak chuckled. "If someone is interested passionately..."

Well, Billings was. And so was Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss.

Both supervisors are not best buddies when it comes to serving Forks government and are usually at odds over numerous township issues.

For TRCOG, though, Chuss won out this time around, with Supervisors Robert Egolf and John O'Neil making motions of support.

Billings was selected as Forks' alternate representative to TRCOG.

When it came to BCAF, Township Manager John Cornell has previously served as Forks representative.

This year, it's O'Neil, the newly elected vice chairman of the supervisors board.

Billings voted against that appointment, stating that he believed a supervisor shouldn't be involved with that board.

Brett Bonfanti January 23, 2013 at 02:04 PM
LOL. Having Billings represent the town is sort of embarrassing, as he sort of lacks the eloquence and poise necessary of someone who represents a township in a foreign venue.
Brett Bonfanti January 23, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I just reread this and I love Billings' comment that a supervisor shouldn't be involved with BCAF. Seeing the BOS deals so much with BCAF (voting on matters such as a beer tent at community days and a sign that BCAF put up), it only makes sense that a supervisor oversee it!
COMMUNITY FIRST January 23, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Check out Community First's response to thus story. Go to Forks Patch / Local Voices. It’s Déjà vu All Over Again. As Groundhog Day approaches. will Supv. Martyak see his shadow again?
Rob Leiser February 16, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Brett I have never considered BCAF a pro Business Group, or even a part of the Business Community. It was founded with input from the Board of Supervisors as almost a Committee. BCAF has never advanced any Pro Business ideas or supported the Business Community within Forks Township. It was formed mostly to reach into the pockets of Big Corporate Forks Township to fund Supervisor Pet Projects like the Carnival. I dropped out when its focus never went any further the funding Township Projects

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