Monday, May 20, 2013
Voters in Palmer and Forks Township will go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election for school board and supervisors races.
Voting day is upon us. Tuesday is the primary election and residents in Palmer and Forks Townships have several contested races to decide among their party affiliations when they go to the polls. The key races include ones of the Democratic ticket for supervisor in Palmer and Forks, the Easton Area School Board race and county executive election. The winners will square off in November's general election. Click on the story below for previews of the races. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here are the polling places to vote in Forks Township. Forks Township Palmer Township Easton Area School Board Northampton County Visit this site for updates throughout election day and results of the races.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Democrat is running for his second term as a Forks Township supervisor.
At many Forks Township Board of Supervisors meetings over the past few years, you can always find Supervisor Robert Egolf making a stand. Maybe it's on supporting such causes as the Bushkill Stream Conservancy or taking a stand against alcohol use at Forks Township Community Days. Sometimes it's just to honor Boy Scout troops or students who are in the audience. At other times, it's to hold people accountable for spending taxpayer dollars, as in his recent stances on spending $6,000 on fireworks or giving a $5,000 grant to a business group. Well, Egolf would like to continue in that political fashion in the future. Egolf has announced that he's seeking re-election to the Forks Township Board of Supervisors. The Democrat is wrapping up his …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors gather Thursday night for their monthly worksession.
It's time to start talking about Forks Community Day. The annual Forks Township event will be among the topics on the agenda for the Forks Township Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday night. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the supervisors chambers in the township municipal building. Among the top agenda items are presentations for Alison Miers, vice president of Easton Initiatives for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Miers will be discussing the 2013 goals and objectives of the Business and Commerce Association of Forks Township. She will also mention two items about Community Day: BCAF's alcohol consideration for the event and fireworks sponsorships. Also on the agenda:
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Five-year plan for recreation and parks in Forks Township now headed to Recreation Board, Planning Commission for approval before going to supervisors.
The much-anticipated Forks Township Five-Year Parks and Recreation Plan continues to be bogged down in red tape. Forks Township Manager John Cornell had hoped last Thursday to get the blessing of the Board of Supervisors on the township's recreation plan. Now, the document -- which has seen numerous reworkings -- is going to the Board of Recreation for its approval at a May 20 meeting before returning to the supervisors again. The plan provides a blueprint for how the township should spend money on recreation over the next five years. Figures have not been released to the public. Neither have details. Prior proposals have included items such as reconditioning the tennis courts and basketball court at Community Park, reviewing the bike …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Forks Township officials consider if the "Cottage in the Woods" on Zucksville Road could become a place for artists.
They call it the "Cottage in the Woods." For the past three years, this cottage at 700 Zucksville Road has sat vacant, awaiting its future after serving as the home of an Easton machine shop owner in the 1940s. "It's a cute little old building, one of those things you remember when you were kids," said Carl Miller, president of the Forks Township Historical Society. Township officials are now trying to determine its fate. Township Supervisor David Billings said the Board of Supervisors should receive some options about what to do with the property in the next month or two. Miller said the historical society and the township's arts society are interested in using the property as either a home base, a meeting place or a location to showcase …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Construction is expected to start for a stop light at the Meco Road and Sullivan Trail intersection in Forks Township within next week or two.
The stop light at Meco Road and Sullivan Trail in Forks Township was supposed to happen eight years ago ... then two years ago ... and then by the end of 2011. But now, Forks Township officials say there is definitely a light going up with work expected to start either March 26 or the first week of April. Township Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said he expects it to be operational by July. Township Public Works Director Mark Roberts said the poles and electrical wires on the east side of Sullivan Trail at Meco Road have already been removed. He said a contractor is expected to show up in the next two weeks to do work on the west side of Sullivan Trail. "I guess I'll believe it when I see them show up," Chuss said at last week's …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Forks Township Supervisors say the amphitheater and public works garage costs have them worried about a tax hike for residents in 2013.
Forks Township officials are starting to worry over the 2012 municipal budget. With an amphitheater exceeding $300,000 in costs and its public works garage project $1.8 million over budget, township supervisors are trying to figure out how to get out of a financial hole. What are your thoughts about the state of Forks' finances. Tell us in comments. "I think we have a problem," said Supervisor Robert Egolf, who voted against the public works garage. "And it's with the whole operation. My hope and prayer is that I'm wrong." Supervisor Vice Chairman Dan Martyak expressed concerns beyond making up the $1.8 million shortfall. "We might have a $400,000 to $500,000 shortfall going into next year," Martyak said. "We need to have some serious …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Public Works Director Mark Roberts in Forks Township says the dry winter will significantly lower the likelihood of sinkholes developing this year.
It's an issue not unique to Forks Township, but one that officials say shouldn't be as much of an issue this year. Last year, Forks Township dealt with 43 sinkholes, including one so devastating that it shut down stores in a Sullivan Trail strip center for about a month and anchor Big Woody's Sports Bar and Grill for almost three months. For instant updates, follow Palmer-Forks Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Township public works director Mark Roberts says don't expect that figure to repeat this time around. "With the weather conditions, being such a dry winter and a lack of rain, we should have a lot fewer sinkholes," Roberts told a group of area chamber representatives during a "State of Forks Township" meeting Tuesday. Of those 43 …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Forks Township Supervisors express outrage over the costs of the new public works garage Thursday and wonder whether construction could be shut down.
Forks Township's public works garage, now under construction, is $1.8 million over budget, township supervisors reported at their meeting Thursday night. Finance manager Jim Farley informed the board that the garage, which would centralize public works under one roof – the department currently uses four buildings around the township – said the final projected cost for the building is $4.8 million. The project had started $1 million over budget because the lowest bid for construction was $4.75 million, but the township had only budgeted $3.7 million. But with solicitor fees, plus architectural, engineering and miscellaneous costs, the total will hit about $5.5 million, Farley said. "At this time, we want to make it known to the public …
Forks Township Supervisor Erik Chuss says the cost of the amphitheater project will exceed $300,000.
As a Supervisor, Erik Chuss voted against spending money for an amphitheater at Forks Township Park. But a majority voted to move the project forward. Now, as supervisor chairman, Chuss still isn't happy about it. "The money doesn't justify the use," Chuss said. "But these are the cards I've been dealt. Now we need to make sure our residents will get the best use out of it." As of mid-March, the costs for the township's new amphitheater, which is expected to open this summer and could be completed by May, are continuing to rise, Chuss said. The structure itself cost $250,000. On top of that is the $25,000 Forks has spent on architectural fees. "The new amphitheater has been finalized other than some site work and punch list items," …