January 19, 2012

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Bruce Baker, John Wallet and Mark Westrick along with Secretary/Treasurer/Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Bruce Baker, Chairman with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Clair Michaels said, this Subdivision for Nanty Glo Water Authority. . what does that mean. . what are you doin? Chairman Baker said the Nanty Glo Water Authority is subdividing a piece of property to the State Game Commission and we have to approve that Subdivision. Michaels asked, is it I Jackson Township? Baker replied, the Nanty Glo Water Authority owns it but it's in Jackson Township. Michaels said, ok. .that's what I was wondering. . . why you would have to subdivide. . do anything with their Water Authority.

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on December 29, 2011 and January 3, 2012. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$  45,967.91

$  23,067.28

$       40,336.23

$   28,698,96


$ 745.475.12

$   1,842.12

$                .00

$  747,317.24


$ 199,869.41

$        42.95

$         9,550.71

$  190,361.65


$  33,284.05

$   2,621.15

$         2,448.19

$   33,457.01

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of December 30, 2011 through January 19, 2012. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      40,336.23

$       9,550.71

$       2,448.19

Township Police Report:
The December, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 411 Reportable Part I Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Assaults-2 and Larceny-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-2 and Receiving Stolen Property-1. Calls Resulting in Cases: 8, Total Arrestees: 8, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 0, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 47, Non-Traffic Citations: 13, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Westrick on approving the subdivision of the Nanty Glo Water Authority and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to renew Amfire Mining road bond for a six month period to continue using 1.32 miles of Pike Road East. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick on approving the time sheets from December 25, 2011 through January 7, 2012. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist commented, at the last meeting I didn't have time to say what I wanted to say. . I want to wish you gentlemen a Happy New Year and longevity so you can see your Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren grow up but I hope terribly that these children don't have to look back on you gentlemen and leaders and say what have you done to us. Thank you.

Cameron Hoffman said, we came here for the one meeting during November and we weren't able to come to the one in December because we had a concert and after that was over I had people telling me in school that the Skatepark was going to be built so I wanted to come here and verify that. . is that actually happening or just stuff I'm hearing? I just wanted to know if we're doing anything about this should we go talk to the skateboarders and other stuff to see if they want to help with the Skatepark? Could I contact Johnson and other companies for grants as well? Supervisor Wallet said, I think when we talked we really didn't define a definite location for it. I know you guys talked about outside the Police Station but we don't think that's good just because of the truck traffic, plow trucks and everything like that. I don't think we even decided on a location. We talked about some grant money that was available from the Tony Hawk Foundation or something like that. Hoffman said, that was for up to $25,000 and then other organizations could give us that much as well. Chairman Baker asked, have you secured that funding? Hoffman said, the steps are we have to connect with skateboarders and talk to you guys and then you have to send in for funds because they just can't send you $25,000 sayin we're gonna build a skatepark. It has to be verified and you guys have to help with that. You guys still have all the forms and stuff. . right? Manager Hirko said, basically we have that presentation you gave us in November. Clair Michaels asked, could you build it at either Mitchell Field or Leidy Field? Tom Beyer asked, did you guys even consider it at all? Wallet said, we talked about it. Hoffman said we considered Leidy because there's already shale there and Mitchell has some basketball courts and stuff like that or in a wooded area. Michaels said you want to keep it from being in a wooded area because it's a lot more money clearing it. Hoffman said, yeah. .you have to dig up all those logs. Michaels said, it's a lot more money there . . you should get somewhere like Mitchell Field or Leidy Field rather than clearing woods. Baker asked, where's the application to apply for the Grant? Hoffman said, this here says all the stuff you have to do. Beyer said, there was something in the Journal today that you guys are turning it over to the Rec. Commission. Wallet said, I don't think we turned anything over for this. Hoffman said, we talked to them a lot before we came to you guys. Wallet asked, did you come to the Rec. Commission Meeting? Hoffman replied, yeah. . not this one but before we even came to you we went to 3 or 4 meetings. . . .Park & Rec. Meeting here for Jackson Township and we talked to them. . .they liked the idea. One of the guys said you guys have a license to sell raffle tickets, like for guns. . you guys could do those lottery tickets like for $5.00 to get a chance to win so much money. Wallet said, I don't know where that's coming from. You're saying to help raise money? I don't know about that. Michaels said, I think the Rec. Commission and the Supervisors need to get together and you can get something movin more. Ed Westrick said, if they want to sell raffle tickets or small games of chance, a license cost $100. Wallet said, I don't think we have that, do we? Hirko replied, no, we don't have a license. Beyer said, ETJ probably has a license. Baker replied ETJ doesn't even have a license. Michaels said, I don't remember, how big an area did you need? Hoffman replied, a little bit bigger than a basketball court. There's already basketball courts at Mitchell but you can't tear those down. Westrick said, we have small games of chance at the Rod & Gun Club. Hoffman said, I have a couple of plans here for the skate park if you guys want to look at them. Michaels said, I looked at them in November but I just didn't remember how big it was. You know what I'm sayin? The Supervisors don't want to take the gamble of havin somebody get hurt out here by a vehicle and I can see their point so why don't you look at either Mitchell Field or Leidy Field. I grant you this would be a good spot for it if they felt they had the room. Hoffman asked, is there a fence you can use to put in front of the park. . like have it fenced in? Michaels said, you have to talk to the Supervisors. Baker said, you're talking about a substantial amount of money and there's a Grant Application that someone's going to have to spearhead and fill out. This is telling you how to do it but you need the application. Hoffman said, I can get that for you. Baker said, as far as support, we're willing to come up with a place put this. . that I think we can come up with if that's what you need for the application. Wallet said, obviously that's a link right there and you click on that link and you'll get the work sheet and application. . you got to have both those documents and get them filled out. If you need help with anything with them, I'm sure we can help you in filling them out. Baker said, there was a young man who came to the Central Cambria Coalition about a skatepark. . Brandon Cruz. Supervisor Westrick asked, do you have a base line as to what this would cost? Hoffman said, Johnstown said he could get them for us cheaper because he knows guys who could sell them to us. I was looking at all the website. . if you bought directly from them it's so much money. . . online websites that specialize just in that. Wallet said, you'll be able to run on how much money you have at the time. . you can always add on. Hoffman said, up at Mitchell the signs are up there for sponsors. . Park and Rec. talked to us about that about how you make the sign and every year they give you so much money for advertising so there's money for that. Westrick said, the first step would be to try to identify a place that would be suitable for it. Hirko said, everything hinges on funding. That's the big thing. Wallet said, we certainly can find you a place for it and we would encourage that and so would Recreation. Baker said, that kid. . .Brandon Cruz. . they applied grant after grant after grant to no avail. We might get some information off of him. Wallet said, Paul Kirby from Keller talked with us about this last time and said he would do a little research on skateparks and what have you so we'll have to get back with Paul from Kellers to see if he came up with anything. Maybe in the mean time we can look for some suitable sites and get these guys with us and have a look and then get the grant applications going. . things like that and see where it goes. Hirko said, there's always the possibility of a DCNR grant again because we completed the last project. Wallet said, they're out right now. Baker said, I think you ought to get the application. . I'm going to look on that link and see what all's involved with that. Westrick said, I'm pretty familiar with what Johnstown's looks like. . . in the West End. Wallet asked, do they use it pretty good? Westrick replied, yes. . they just used an old basketball court down on J Street where the old Sheetz was. . .Fairfield and J Streets. It was already blacktopped. .they just put up some ramps. . there was already a fence around it. Wallet said, I think you got to have a fence around it. Baker asked, what was the size of that? Hoffman replied, a basketball court. Each cube on this drawing is 2 square feet. Hirko said, I should check with the insurance carrier too. . I forget what all was involved with having a skatepark. .to see if there would be any increase and I think you had to have certain signage posted. Hoffman said, if need be I can donate a half pipe because I have one at my house. I got it out of the Traders Guide. Wallet said, this time of year is probably a good time to plan it to make it all come together. . Spring or Summer you could at least get something started, even if you have an area with a few things there, it's better than nothing. . you can build from it. Hoffman said, should I start asking businesses in the area if they're interested in sponsoring. Hirko replied, I wouldn't do that yet because your backbone of your whole project is going to be grants and I would see what's involved with that first. It's a little early to approach businesses, especially if something doesn't happen or the grant doesn't come through. Wallet said, if you get the grants, then you at least have a target. . you know how much make-up money you need extra. If you go to a business and they ask how much you're looking for and you say I don't know. . you would have no idea what to ask them for. This is a start. . . I like you guys enthusiasm keeping after it. Hoffman said, I think this is a good idea because there's not to many places to skate. Up in Ebensburg, you're not allowed to skate there. Over in Nanty Glo there's "no skateboarding" signs. If you have a good skatepark, people come from all around.

Clair Michaels said, how comes the Township Police now are patrolling 22. . I seen them a couple times out there settin and havin people pulled off on 22. Chairman Baker said, they're doing their job. Michaels said, hey. . we don't need to be on 22. . now the State is just talkin about layin State Troopers off. We don't need the Township takin over. . being told. . hey. .now you're gonna be patrolling 22. Baker said, they're not telling us what to do and they can't. Michaels said, eventually they can, maybe. . they're talkin about layin State Troopers off. . let's don't do it. .keep off of 22. We got enough other roads around here. Baker replied, 22 is part of the Township. Manager Hirko said, 271 and Chickaree Hill are State Roads too. We patrol all of those. Michaels said, I know that but we don't need on 22. Baker said, you'd be surprised how many drugs run through this Township on that highway. Eugene Kist said, how many drugs are they catchin in this Township, very few.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next meetings will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8:00 am and Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Wallet, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 7:25. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary