Meet the new Forks Board of Supervisors

In their reorganization meeting, Forks Township supervisors elect new officers and swear in two new members.

Two new supervisors were sworn in Tuesday night, and member Erik Chuss regained the chairman’s seat after losing it last year.

In a bit of déjà vu, David Billings had taken the chair from Chuss in 2011 on a 4-1 vote, with Chuss the only dissenter.

This time, Chuss took the chair back on a 4-1 vote with Billings the lone dissenter. Both new supervisors – and – voted for Chuss.

Martyak and O’Neil were sworn in just prior to the reorganization meeting. They replace , who lost their bids for re-election in the primary.

During the meeting, Martyak was appointed vice chairman, also in a 4-1 vote with Billings dissenting.

Finally, Robert Egolf was unanimously appointed secretary/treasurer.

The rest of the 40-minute meeting involved routine appointments of existing positions except one, the township manager.

his position on Dec. 31. There is no interim manager and Finance Manager Jim Farley was appointed the right-to-know officer, a position usually held by the manager.

In one of his first votes, Martyak voted against reappointing Karl Kline as the township solicitor because his rate went from $155 to $160 per hour.

Martyak said that in keeping with the idea of cutting back on township expenses, he would vote "no."

The vote was 4-1 to approve.

After the reorganization meeting, supervisors switched nameplates and took their seats for the first regular meeting of the year.


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