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Forks Officials Praised for Work During Hurricane Sandy

Forks Township Public Works Director Mark Roberts commended for his efforts during Hurricane Sandy.

"MVP, MVP, MVP."

If there was one Forks Township official who probably was the "Most Valuable Player" during Hurricane Sandy, that honor would be bestowed upon Public Works Director Mark Roberts.

Forks Township officials made a point of praising Roberts for his efforts during last week's Board of Supervisors work session. Fire Chief Chuck Chapman was also commended.

"I got the opportunity to watch the fire department and Mark in action during the hurricane and I'd like to thank them for the work they did," Supervisor John O'Neil said. "Mark should be MVP of the township."

O'Neil pointed out Roberts' efforts to free Forks police cars trapped by downed trees on Route 611.

Police Chief Greg Dorney sent officials an email in which he praised Roberts' dedication.

"The township wouldn't have been in good shape," Dorney said. ""Everyone performed flawlessly. Extra kudos for a job well done."

Roberts was humble in receiving the praise.

"All departments worked so well together," he said.

"You guys are great," Supervisor David Billings blushed.

Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss also praised Chapman, who had to deal with the roof being torn from the fire station.

"The dedication was just amazing," Chuss said. "There were no complaints from anyone. Sometimes it's hard to comprehend that the fire department is a volunteer group."

Chapman thanked everyone for the praise and also tipped his hat to Roberts.

"Chuck said the reason why 80 percent of the township had power back so quickly is because of the public works department clearing roads and debris," Chuss said. "They got Met-Ed to the power lines. It was not that way in other communities. The residents owe them a lot for their power."

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