Thursday, May 16, 2013
A supervisor, former supervisor and newcomer are squaring off for two seats on the Forks Township Board of Supervisors in Tuesday's primary election.
Forks Township Supervisor Bob Egolf is running for re-election in Tuesday's primary election, hoping to get the Democratic nomination for one of two seats. Former Supervisor Bonnie Nicholas—a regular at supervisors meetings who is very vocal on a lot of township issues—is also running along with newcomer Blandine Mballa-Fonkeu. The winners will run against Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss, a Republican seeking re-election in November. Palmer-Forks Patch sent out questionnaires to the candidates asking them why they are seeking office. Their responses are running in their entirety. Click on their names below to see what they have to say.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Former Forks Township Supervisor Bonnie Nicholas is one of three Democrats running for two supervisor seats in May 21 primary election.
Bonnie Nicholas Though I am running on the Democratic line, as I have done throughout my career in public service , I look forward to serving all of the people of Forks Township regardless of there affiliation. Forks resident since 1979 Raised in Palmer Township I have a 21 year old son who also is a resident of Forks Township. I coached the following: Forks soccer Forks T-ball Forks Baseball I was Cub Scout leader and Boy Scout leader in Forks Township I served on the Zoning Hearing Board for 8 years, until I was elected Forks Township supervisor. Severed on the Board one term 2004 – 2009 First Elected Female Served…
Newcomer Blandine Mballa-Fonkeu is one of three Democrats vying for two Forks Township supervisors seats in Tuesday's primary election.
Name: Blandine Mballa-Fonkeu Age: 46 Gender: Female Political Affiliation: Democrat Occupation: Independent Business Consultant Education: M.S. Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY 1998 How long a resident for: Resident of Forks Township since 2001 Telephone Number where you can be reached: 610-438-8884 Email Address: VoteForBlandine@gmail.com Campaign Website: www.VoteForBlandine.com Candidate for: Forks Township Supervisor Qualifications for this office: Forks Township Resident, 12 years; Forks Neighborhood Organizer with OFA_PA, 4 years; Statistical Business Consultant, 7 years Why are you running for election? I am running to be an independent voice on the Board of Supervisors. I bring thoughtful and …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors restructured their meeting schedule last year to have a work session and a regular meeting instead of two monthly meetings.
Should they or shouldn't they? At their reorganization meeting to start the year, Forks Township officials debated whether they should be allowed to vote at their worksessions. Township Manager John Cornell had restructured the meeting schedule with supervisors' approval for the board to hold a worksession meeting and a regular meeting instead of two monthly supervisors meetings. But that took away an option in which township officials could vote on any important issues that might need immediate attention. And some township officials wondered whether voting at a worksession was the right thing to do. "We need to be careful to do that," Supervisor David Billings said. "It's not fair to the public." Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss suggested …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Forks Township officials have canceled a special meeting Thursday before the regular monthly meeting of the Forks Township Board of Supervisors to discuss a future financial plan.
We'll have to wait for Round Two. Forks Township officials announced that the second meeting to discuss Forks Township's financial future that was supposed to be held before the Board of Supervisors regular monthly meeting Thursday has been canceled. Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss passed on a notice from administrative assistant Debi Tindall Thursday morning. No reason was given for the cancellation. The regular meeting will still be held at 7 p.m. in township chambers. Forks supervisors gave their thoughts recently regarding the first meeting. "The meeting was a good start in understanding the long-term financial impact of our decisions," Supervisor David Billings said. "I am more worried about addressing the increasing wages, benefits …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Candidates in Forks Township have filed their paperwork to run for office in the May 21 primary election.
It's time to start thinking about elections once again with the May 21 primary election right around the corner. So here are those running in Forks Township: Supervisor terms are for six years. The auditor term is for six years. The tax collector term is for four years.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Erik Chuss will seek a second six-year term on the Forks Township Board of Supervisors. He's served three of his six years as chairman of the board.
Forks Township Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss has tossed his hat into the ring. Chuss, who is wrapping up his six-year term as a supervisor, has announced that he is seeking a second term. Chuss said he recently turned in his paperwork for his re-election bid to the Northampton County Board of Elections. "I am running for re-election because the challenges facing the township are significant," he said. "I believe we are moving in the right direction and feel with my background and experience both professionally and with the township I feel I can continue to help serve the residents in a fiscally responsible manner." Chuss has lived in Forks Township since 1991 with his wife, Eileen, and daughters, Erin and Jacqueline. He works as senior …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors has added a special meeting to its calendar for March.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors usually holds two meetings each month, a work session on the first Thursday and regular meeting on the third Thursday. Well, now there's another meeting on the schedule. Township officials have announced that the supervisors will gather Thursday, March 14, for a special meeting to discuss a long-range plan for the township's financial future. After deciding at the end of last year to skip a tax hike for 2013, the board decided it should examine its financial outlook and come up with a plan to deter any major tax hikes down the road. The board bickered and battled at its recent meeting over the Community Days fireworks display and over giving a $5,000 grant to the Business and Commerce Association of …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors approves a motion to apply for an open space grant from Northampton County.
Forks Township will apply for an open space grant from Northampton County that could help fund the township's skateboard park and also provide security cameras. Rachel Sulzbach, the township's director of parks and recreation, informed officials at last week's Board of Supervisors meeting that the grant money would be available over a five-year period. She said at a prior work session that $247,000 is available to Forks Township with Forks having to provide a 50 percent match. The first set of grant applications is due March 31, she said. The money would be used to help fund the skate park, to replace picnic tables at Community Park, resurface the tennis courts and spruce up the volleyball courts. The main attention is for the skate park, …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Forks Township officials have made reappointments/appointments at its recent reorganization meeting.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors made appointments/reappointments to various township governmental boards during its recent reorganization meeting. The appointments/reappointments are as follows: