Thursday, February 14, 2013
Forks Township patrolman made more money than police chief in 2012 in becoming township's top wage earner, township salary records reveal.
Guess who earns the most money among Forks Township municipal employees? The township manager? Nope. The police chief? Close. The answer is a patrolman in the Forks Township Police Department. Forks Township salary information obtained by Patch.com indicates that Patrolman Craig Marshall earned $89,520.53 in 2012, the most among any township employee. In fact, all of the township's Top 10 wage earners work in the police department, records indicate. Marshall edged Police Chief Greg Dorney, who earned $88,561.28. What put Marshall -- who earned $32.16 an hour -- over the top, though, was overtime. He received $18,686.58 in overtime pay. Dorney, as department manager, is exempt from earning overtime. Corporal Shawn Hummer came in a close …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Forks Township officials fighting perception over demolishing controversial "Cottage in the Woods."
Forks Township Supervisor John O'Neil hears about it almost every day. Someone will ask him what is going to happen to the "Cottage in the Woods." "I get multiple emails about it," O'Neil said. "People stop me in stores. It's like wildfire, the feedback that we're gonna knock it down." For months, the Forks Township Board of Supervisors has discussed the fate of the "Cottage in the Woods" at 700 Zucksville Road. And with every discussion comes mention about not making a decision. In a sense, supervisors want to see how this hand plays out. Various community groups like the Forks Area Art Society and township's historical society have come forth expressing interest in saving the property and refurbishing it as a meeting house or place to …
Forks Township finance director comes up with plan for additional $1.6 million to cover additional costs on new public works garage.
Editor's Note -- This is the first of a four-part series taking a look at Forks Township's new public works facility. Forks Township's new public works facility is supposed to be state-of-the-art. And that tag usually means costly -- as in $1.6 million over budget. But Forks Township Finance Director James Farley recently came up with a way to cover that $1.6 milllion without the project having more of an impact on taxpayers, who were already on the hook for $4 million. With some fine line item maneuvers, Farley -- with an assist from Township Manager John Cornell -- believes he closed the gap. The township is taking from three funding sources: $942,000 from its old sewer authority account, borrowing $500,000 from the general fund over a …
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, has been canceled.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors is taking a vacation this week from meetings. Township Manager John Cornell has announced that the work session and regular meeting slated for Thursday, Aug. 2, have been canceled per his suggestion and that of the staff. "We have decided to cancel the next [Aug. 2] Forks Board of Supervisors meeting due to vacations and the lack of agenda items that require immediate attention," Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said. The next meeting will take place as scheduled on Aug. 16 in council chambers with a work session starting at 6:30 p.m. and regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Forks Township Finance Director Jim Farley said funds sought from a casino grant.
Forks Township Fire Chief Charles Chapman may get a present in the near future. Finance Director James Farley told the Forks Township Board of Supervisors at Thursday night's meeting that he is applying for uncommitted funds from a casino grant to replace a fire vehicle. Farley said the vehicle is a large pickup truck that carries support supplies for rescue missions. The truck would replace one that is going out of service after 23 years, Farley said. The cost of the new vehicle would be $71,000. Farley said that he, Township Manager John Cornell and the fire chief believe the expense is worthy. The township had until Friday to file an electronic submission for the grant. The supervisors approved a motion to apply for the grant.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Forks Board of Supervisors won't meet July 5 due to lack of a quorum from Fourth of July holiday plans. Next meeting will be July 19.
Forks Township supervisors are going to extend their Fourth of July holiday. Township officials announced Wednesday that the board's July 5 meeting is being canceled due to a lack of a quorum, an email from township manager John Cornell stated. "Due to vacations by supervisors and staff and since no significant agenda items have been identified at this time, the meeting has been canceled," Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said. Supervisors John O'Neil and Bob Egolf had already planned vacations. Chuss had stated at Thursday's meeting that he could make it, but Supervisors David Billings and Dan Martyak weren't so sure about their schedules. The next supervisors meeting will take place on July 19.
Friday, June 22, 2012
John Cornell resumes position as Forks Township's manager after his recovery from emergency triple bypass surgery.
He's back! Forks Township Manager John Cornell is back on the job after being out of action for a month due to emergency triple bypass surgery. "I'm feeling great," Cornell said before Thursday night's Board of Supervisors meeting. "The staff did a great job of keeping everything running. I'm happy to be back." Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss began the meeting by welcoming Cornell back into the fold. Cornell resumed township duties last Thursday, but last night was his first supervisors meeting. "It's fantastic having you back," Chuss said as the board and township department heads applauded the township manager. Cornell thanked everyone during the meeting for holding down the fort in his absence. "The staff picked up the ball and ran with…
Friday, May 18, 2012
A month after starting job, Forks Township Manager John Cornell has emergency triple bypass surgery.
A little more than a month after starting his new job, Forks Township Manager John Cornell is out of action after undergoing an emergency triple bypass operation, township officials said. Board of Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss announced at Thursday's meeting that Cornell was "a little bit under the weather" and wasn't attending. "He's out for a little while," Chuss said. "He did not quit, leave or escape. He should be back soon." When asked before the meeting why Cornell has been missing from recent municipal functions, Supervisor Bob Egolf said that Cornell had undergone an emergency triple bypass over two weeks ago. "He's all right," said Egolf, who stated he was surprised since Cornell had a clean bill of health when he was examined …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
John Cornell wraps up first week as new Forks Township manager.
John Cornell is getting settled. The new township manager from Forks Township spent his first week on the job going through orientation and meeting all of the department heads. Now, he's gearing up for his first Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday. "I'm getting filled in on all of our major projects," said Cornell, 55, of Souderton, who was chosen among 50 candidates and will earn a $92,000-a-year salary plus a $200 car stipend. "Everyone has been very helpful," he said Tuesday. "It was a week on the job yesterday [Monday]." Cornell has gone through this process before, having 25 years of township management experience. "It's exciting," Cornell said. "It's sinking in. It's going very well. We have a great staff." Township supervisors are…