The Forks Township Board of Supervisors recently approved a $600 donation -- from the township's general fund -- to the Bushkill Stream Conservancy.
The township has, in the past, made a similar donation. Supervisor Robert Egolf is vice president of the organization.
Supervisor John O'Neil wondered, "Can we afford $600?"
"Yes," according to Finance Director Jim Farley.
According to www.bushkill.org, the Bushkill Stream Conservancy "is a public-private partnership advancing the conservation and enhancement of the Bushkill Creek watershed. The Conservancy sponsors programs of education, public outreach, recreation, environmental research, streamside restoration, and historical documentation."
Supervisor David Billings expressed concern that in 2012, Forks Township has donated over $10,000 to charity for the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley and its new field for children with disabilities in neighboring Palmer Township.
But he noted that the Bushkill Stream Conservancy benefits Forks Township directly.
Billings suggested a policy be put in place regarding charitable donations.
Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss disagreed with Billings, stating that donations should be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Chuss also asked that the Bushkill Stream Conservancy make a presentation to the township regarding what it's been doing.
The donation was approved 5-0.