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:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The agenda for the meeting, which will be held in council chambers at the township municipal building, includes: A conditional use hearing for Victaulic's expansion plans will take place at 6 p.m. The conditional use hearing is for a motel, hotel or inn that could be located on about 4 acres at 633 Uhler Road. The applicant, Mark Danial, on behalf of the owner Pierre D'Arenberg, has submitted plans for a 10,546-square-foot addition to the Uhler's Hotel building, which has been moved about 300 feet from its original location. For coverage of the meeting, revisit this site throughout the week.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Two Forks Township supervisors clash over appointment for Forks Township Board of Recreation.
The Forks Township Board of Recreation has a new member: Matt Baker. But that appointment didn't go so smoothly at Forks Township's reorganization meeting last Monday. When it came to fill the opening and Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said the Board of Supervisors should consider Baker, the only applicant, Supervisor David Billings immediately raised an objection. "I request that he goes through the interview process," Billings said. "That's the standard process." Billings was then told that Baker had applied before. "I believe I interviewed Matt last year," Supervisor Dan Martyak said. "He is a dedicated individual. Matt would serve us well. He did interview in front of us." When a motion was made to appoint Baker, Billings then took …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Reorganization meeting and work session for Forks supervisors will be held Monday instead of Thursday.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors usually meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. But with a reorganization on the agenda, the board will gather this Monday instead. Forks Township Manager John Cornell said state law dictates that when a municipality must reorganize, the first Monday of the year is mandatory unless it falls on a holiday. The supervisors will reorganize at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, with a work session to follow at 7:30 pm. At the reorganization meeting, the board is expected to name its president and vice president for 2013.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Forks Township will be going into arbitration with its police department for a new contract.
Forks Township will begin the year with its police department not having a new contract. Township supervisors approved an $8.1 million municipal budget for 2013 at its last meeting of the year on Dec. 20. That budget included nearly $3 million for police costs. Township Solicitor Karl Kline had recently stated that talks were under way for a new deal. The police department's five-year contract expired Monday. But talks broke down and now an arbitrator will hold a hearing in March to determine a contract for the police department, according to the Easton Express-Times. The police department under Police Chief Greg Dorney has 23 full-time police officers. During budget discussions, Dorney was told that he wouldn't be able to replace a full-…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A Moment of Silence was held at the start of Forks Township Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors held a Moment of Silence at its meeting Thursday night to pay tribute to the victims of the Newtown, CT shooting. The meeting -- the final one of the year -- began at 7 p.m. Forks Township officials also adopted the 2013 municipal budget before year's end and the budget was one agenda item along with plans for a nursing home. A conditional use meeting on the Country Meadows nursing home took place at 6:30 p.m. before the supervisors meeting. Supervisors later passed a motion approving the project's conditional use.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Forks Township supervisors say they want to deal with taxation over the next five years.
The Forks Township supervisors are expected to give residents a Christmas present when they approve the 2013 municipal budget -- with no tax increase -- at the final meeting of the year Thursday. Officials believe they know that they should raise taxes next year to help offset rising expenses but supervisors say they wanted to do the right thing, knowing how people are still feeling the reeling effects of the economy. But Forks officials are certainly thinking about the future. At its meeting last month, officials approved a motion calling for a five-year plan for taxation to ensure that there's a balance between curbing financial costs and planning for future growth. The plan was sparked by Supervisor Dan Martyak, who stated that he …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Forks Township supervisors approve a tentative 2013 municipal budget without a tax increase but scrap all capital projects.
The good news for Forks Township residents: No tax hike for 2013. The bad news: There should have been one. The Forks Township Board of Supervisors approved a tentative 2013 municipal budget that holds the line on taxes -- mainly because all capital projects have been scrapped, officials said. Township Finance Manager Jim Farley presented the budget to supervisors, stating that operating revenues in the general fund were $8,171,514 with expenses $8,169,654. That leaves a surplus of $1,860, Farley said. "We're putting forward a balanced budget," Farley said. "This makes the assumption that we're tightening our belts, eliminating purchases for police, fire and public works." Farley said that staffing positions where people are retiring won't…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Forks Township officials want say in development if Braden Airpark is sold.
It's one of Forks Township's hottest topics. For the past few meetings over the past few months, Forks Township officials have raised concerns about what might happen should the Braden Airpark be sold. The site on Sullivan Trail near Weis Markets would be open for development and Forks officials want to ensure that any developer understands the zoning issues going into any decision. With that in mind, Forks Township may adopt a resolution at its Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday night asking the Lehigh Valley Airport Authority and its consultants -- who are evaluating all of the authority's airports for potential sale -- to keep a line of communications open. At a recent work session, supervisors asked Solicitor Karl Kline to draft a …