A former New Jersey man who moved to Forks Township 19 years ago was appointed Thursday night to fill a vacancy on the board of supervisors left by the departure of Supervisor David Billings.

The new supervisor, Edward M. Moore, is a member of the township’s recreation board.
Moore, who is originally from central New Jersey, is a sales representative for a major pharmaceutical company.

The opening on the board came when Billings announced in June that his job with AT& T had been transferred to Dallas, Tex..

Moore was among seven candidates, including a former supervisor, who interviewed for the position, said township Chairman Erik Chuss. He said they were “all strong candidates.”

Looking back on the process, Chuss said, “It was a very, very hard decision.”

Chuss said it was important to find someone who wanted to be on the board not for just the next five months, but the following two years of Billings’ term. He said the board was looking for someone who would “complement the board.”
Chuss said the board was looking for someone who has actual “community involvement” in the township.

He said Moore’s experience with the recreation board was proof of his commitment to the township.
In other business, the supervisors discussed at length the future of the Cottage in the Woods on 700 Zucksville Road, a township-owned property that has been eyed as a cultural center, if the building can be restored and the mold problems removed.

Supervisor Bob Egolf said he feared the old building was nothing more than a “money pit.”
“The mold is horrible.”

As for the charm Chuss said he sees in the building, Egolf said the building is “tight, small, old, cramped, dank, damp.” Topping it off, he said, there are no plans to install air-conditioning.

“Tear it down,” Egolf said. “Everyone in the township who has spoken to me has said, “rip it down.’”

The supervisors agreed to have testing for mold performed on the building, so they can get an estimate on what would be entailed to remove the mold, the first step that must be completed before any renovation work can begin.