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Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
January 19, 2022

            At Tuesday night's meeting of the Douglass Township supervisors, officials provided an update on the progress of the new emergency services building. The project, located at 1454 East Philadelphia Ave., is moving along well.

            It has been 214 days since demolition of the original building. The drywall, paint, and additional site work has been completed. The outside of the building is done. The electrical work will be complete in the next few weeks.

            The building is expected to open within three to four months, according to Joshua Stouch, chair of the township's board of supervisors. He described the project as approximately 75 percent complete. The supervisor estimated the total cost at less than $3 million.

            Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue, which is overseeing the project and will own the building, is documenting the work on its YouTube channel. The link can be found on the organization's social media page.

            Stouch described Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue as ...



January 19, 2022

            The past actions of Reann Hofkin dominated the board comment portion of the meeting. Hofkin thanked them for stripping her of any committee responsibilities. Three members also criticized her past words and deeds during the Jan 13 regular meeting.

            Hofkin thanked the board for giving her the gift of time. She said the continuation of a February, 2021 decision to remove her from all committees has allowed her to spend more time with friends and family and attend more protests.

            The member claimed that by not having her on a committee, the board was denying the community a voice in decisions of school business. Hofkin also criticized new council president Judith Maginnis, suggesting that the board needed to vote again to limit her responsibilities.

            "This board can do better under different leadership," said Hofkin, who was removed as board president on June 11, 2020 following a transphobic social media post. "The faster you figure it out, the better."

            According to Dana Hipszer, the other members ...



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