SUPERVISOR’S REORGANIZATION MEETING
 January 5, 2004

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their reorganization meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors David Bracken, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman from 2003, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Acting Chairman:
Motion
Baker, second Stephens to appoint David Bracken as Acting Chairman. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Eugene Kist
stated that we were starting out a new year and many people died fighting for democracy. He added that he would like to see Jackson Township be a little more diplomatic and congenial this year than they were last year. He then said because 400 people over in Iraq died that we don’t want the blood of these people on our hands and we should get this country straightened out.

Clair Michaels asked that when getting ready to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag to be sure to give everyone a few seconds longer so everybody can get up right. He said that different people have a little harder time getting up and don’t have a chance to get their hat off.

Reorganization:
Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Dave Bracken to the position of Permanent Chairman. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Stephens to appoint Bruce Baker to the position of Vice-Chairman. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Dave Hirko to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Dave Bracken and Bruce Baker to the position of Roadmaster. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to affirm the Supervisors as employees of the Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to retain William Barbin as Township Solicitor. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Baker, second Stephens to retain Lehman Engineering as Township Engineer. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to retain Barry Rowser to the position of Vacancy Board Chairman. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to retain Harry Baker to the position of Zoning Officer. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to retain Berkheimer Associates for EIT & OPT Taxes. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to retain First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Ameriserv & PLGIT as Township depositories. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to retain meeting dates as the last Thursday of every month at 7 pm with the exception for November which would be the 18th. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes. Stephens-no.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to set the Tax Structure as follows: 7 mill Real Estate, 1 Mill Fire Hydrant, ½ Mill Rescue Service, ½% Earned Income Tax, ½% Real Estate Transfer Tax, $5.00 Per Capita Tax & $5.00 Occupational Privilege Tax. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize Supervisors and Manager to attend County & State Conventions. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to retain Dave Bracken as Voting Delegate to the State Convention. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Stephens to appoint Bruce Baker to the position of Alternate Voting Delegate to the State Convention. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company’s List of Activities for 2004. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Roadmasters as Driveway & Street Encroachment Officers. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize attendance and reimbursement of Township Officials expenses for attendance at Seminars, Conventions & Training as specifically authorized by the Board of Supervisors on a case-by-case basis. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to set mileage reimbursement rate at 37.5 cents per mile (IRS approved rate for 2004). Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka for a three year term on the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board. Vote-3 yes.

A letter was received from Laird Rager requesting re-appointment to the Planning Commission. Motion Stephens, second Baker to re-appoint Laird Rager to a four year term on the Jackson Township Planning Commission. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Albert Gailey to a four year term on the Jackson Township Planning Commission. Vote-3 yes.

A letter was received from Al Pagano requesting re-appointment to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Motion Baker, second Stephens to re-appoint Al Pagano to a five year term on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Vote-3 yes.

A letter was received from the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority recommending that the Board appoint Joseph Baxter Jr. to a five year term replacing John Hamula who can no longer serve on the Board. Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Joe Baxter to a five year term on the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes. Stephens-no

A letter was received from the Jackson Township Water Authority recommending the re-appointment of Walter Ditchcreek to a five year term. Motion Stephens, second Baker to re-appoint Walter Ditchcreek to a five year term on the Jackson Township Water Authority. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Stephens to appoint Bruce Baker as Sewage Enforcement Agency member. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to appoint Dave Hirko as Alternate Sewage Enforcement Agency member. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to set the Secretary-Treasurer / Manager wages and benefits to follow the road crew’s contract. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to hire Connie Fetzer full-time at $10.00 per hour with benefits to follow that of the Manager. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Baker, second Stephens to set the part-time Police Officers wages at $9.50 per hour. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to increase the Police Chiefs wages to be the same as the Assistant Foreman position, .35 cents for the next two years and .30 cents in the third year. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist
said that last year he made numerous requests and the President said that he would receive answers in writing. He went on to say that he had two requests answered in writing for the whole year and that if his questions wouldn’t be answered at the meeting if they could kindly be sent to him writing which was promised, he would appreciate it.

Steve Yurasek said he objected to the paving of the lot at Hagerich’s and that there was water running off the lot and onto Adams Avenue with no water control in place. He then commented on the Supervisors waiving the variance fees on properties affected by the Route 22 project. He said that the Comprehensive Plan should have been updated first and that we were putting the cart before the horse. He then said that he had heard that the Sewer Authority was in trouble and they had were looking to bring in another engineer while putting the blame on the previous engineer as to why the system doesn’t work. He asked why this wouldn’t fall back on the Supervisors because they have the final say-so in the Township. He said if they were so intelligent, why didn’t they know that the system wasn’t adequate. He then said that the next time the Board allows Mr. Baxter to get up and run at his mouth as you did, you’re gonna find some big trouble. He added that there is one thing the 3 B’s have in common which is they got loud mouths and about half a brain and that’s what it boils down to. Mr. Yurasek then turned around to speak to Mr. Baxter directly. Supervisor Baker reminded Mr. Yurasek & Mr. Baxter that the comments are to be directed to the Board of Supervisors and not the audience.

Betty Lou Shoup noticed that after the Holidays a lot of people were putting out cardboard to be picked up for garbage collection without garbage bags. She said that on television it showed that Centre County has a bin for recycling cardboard. She asked why there couldn’t be a bin for cardboard at the Senior Center. She then asked why people could put out cardboard and not have to have it in a garbage bag like everything else. She asked if this was fair to her. Chairman Bracken said that usually when they put something like that out there, they’re supposed to tie a garbage bag to it. Shoup said by having a bin, it wouldn’t go in the landfill and again asked why we couldn’t have this in Jackson Township as Centre County has.

Adjournment:
Motion
Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:38 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary

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