Janaury 14, 2010
The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors John Wallet and Mark Westrick along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. Supervisor Bruce Baker was not present at the meeting due to personal reasons. The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman John Wallet with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.
Executive Sessions Held:
Public Comments Concerning Agenda
Steve Yurasek said, the only thing boys. . you have this thing with the Grant. Does that mean. . .we’re down to $800,000 in the Capital Reserve Fund and we’re going to have to cover another $500,000 now for our part of the Grant. Manager Hirko replied, we’re looking at other funding sources because you can match Federal money with State money and things like that. We’re going to be having ongoing meetings on this. Yurasek continued, but we’re still obligated. . are we not?. . for half of that money whether we get any of these other grants or not. Once they give us $500,000 we have to have $500,000 to put down. Hirko said, correct, but the $500,000 might not have to be from Jackson Township. Solicitor Barbin said, of that $500,000 we have to match, we’ve spent $75,000 buying that land from Pristine so $75,000 has already been spent. Hirko said, but our goal is to be reimbursed for everything and break even and have a Business Park. Yurasek said, I mean we got to get on the thing and start looking. . . we need to put a gas power plant or something up in that industrial park. . .something that’s going to insure some long term revenue. Vice-Chairman Wallet replied, absolutely and that’s our goal and we’re working hard on getting these Grants and matching money and there’s been meetings here. Hirko said, we have one coming up here in February with JARI & the Cambria County Industrial Development Authority. . .all of the political offices. . .it’s a long process. Yurasek said, see but we could take the region and we get something we don’t want some other municipality to get the thing. . . you see Cambria Township?. . . .if they would get a gas power plant, they would jump right on it. Wallet replied, they’d do it in a heartbeat. Yurasek said, so ok. . .so if we could get it up here. . it’s for Jackson Township. . it’s revenue for this Township. Barbin said, we were close to that before. Yurasek replied, I know that. Barbin said, we were close to that then the bottom fell out on the price of gas. . that’s what killed it. Wallet said, that’s one good example Steve but there again, even if something like that doesn’t work out, hopefully we can get this thing up and going. Barbin said, it makes sense because it creates a market for the gas too. . the problems with the pipes go away if you’re just using it right here. Wallet said, we’re very conscious of what we’re doing. . .we’re trying to be as smart as we can and as cost efficient as we can and keep our money out of it as much as we can. . it’s a gamble. . . .we got our necks out. . we realize that and it makes the Board antsy. Yurasek said, over at Homer City, they’re gonna shut that power plant down one way or another the way they’re going so they’re gonna need this extra electricity. Wallet said, windmills aren’t going to be the answer to this. Yurasek replied, you just can’t put enough windmills up. You can put them up. . you just can’t put enough of them up. You take our Township doesn’t want them. . . up on top of Pleasantville. . they don’t want them up there yet you go up to Beaverdale you can prove your point. I could bring you pictures out of the deer feeding right at the windmill. . .right underneath them. Barbin said, Portage Water Authority is very happy. . they’re making about $90,000 a year on the royalties. That’s a fifth or a quarter of they’re budget. Wallet said, which is huge. . .I wish our Water Authority had that kind of income.
Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve Pennsylvania RCAP Grant Agreement for $500,000 for the Jackson Township Business Park Project. Vote-2 yes.
Motion Westrick, second Wallet to adopt Ordinance # 167 which approves the long term financing with First National Bank of Pennsylvania for the Jackson Township Water Authority’s Swigle Mountain Water Project. Vote-2 yes.
Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve Guaranty Agreement between Jackson Township, the Jackson Township Water Authority and First National Bank of Pennsylvania for the Swigle Mountain Water Project. Vote-2 yes.
Other New Business:
Vice-Chairman Wallet announced, The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.
Motion Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 8:07 a.m. Vote-2 yes.
David M. Hirko, Secretary