January 26, 2006

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

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Executive Sessions Held:
Chairman Bracken
announced that an Executive Session was held on December 8, 2005 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am to discuss the Laborers Union increased cost of health care.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Ed Nischalke
said, my question is. . . .the transfer of $50,202.74. . . was this to pay last yearís bills or is this in addition to the $375,000 we already transferred to balance the budget? Chairman Bracken asked, what do you mean the $375,000 we already transferred? Nischalke replied, at the reorganization meeting you transferred $375,000 to balance the budget for 2006. . .is that correct? Manager Hirko replied, we really didnít transfer money that was built in the budget. . .this is part of that. Nischalke said, so this is part of that? Hirko replied, yes. We didnít transfer $375,000 at that time. It was just projected.

Baker, second Stephens to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors December 29, 2005 Meeting, January 3, 2006 Reorganization Meeting and January 13, 2006 Meeting. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$       35,074.96

$  96,592.57

$      103,669.27

$      27,998.26


$   1,393,979.32

$  66,720.34

$        50,202.74

$  1,410,496.92


$         2,893.34

$          9.12

$                  .00

$        2,902.46


$       27,267.51

$    4,053.19

$          3,072.21

$      28,248.49

Manager Hirko said, Iíd just like to mention that we received a $15,000 grant in January for the Police Department from Murthaís office so thatís part of the receipts for January.

Baker, second Stephens to approve the bills for the period of December 30, 2005 through January 26, 2005. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$       103,669.27

$               .00

$           3,072.21

Township Police Report:
The December, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for December were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 445. Reportable Incidents were 30 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Criminal Mischief-4, Burglary-3, Criminal Trespassing-3, Disorderly Conduct-3, Criminal Attempted Burglary-2, Harassment-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Arson-1, Assault-1, Attempted Theft-1, Resisting Arrest-1, Selling Alcohol to Minors-1 and Theft-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-3. Traffic Citations Issued-45. Accidents Handled-19. Criminal Charges Filed were 31 broken down as follows: Harassment-6, DUI (Driving while Under the Influence)-5, Theft-5, Disorderly Conduct-3, Burglary-2, Criminal Attempted Burglary-2, Criminal Trespassing-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Assault-1, Criminal Mischief-1, Resisting Arrest-1 and Selling Alcohol to Minors-1.


Old Business:

New Business:
Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of George & Margaret Gillen. Vote-3 yes.

Solicitor Barbin took time to review the subdivision of George & Candyce Haman which he did not see prior to the meeting. Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of George & Candyce Haman. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the submission of the PennDOT application for 2006 County Aid for road projects. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to accept resignation of John Miller, part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to hire William Hines as a part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Supervisor Stephens asked, is this the same fellow who worked for us once before? Chairman Bracken replied, yes. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Regina Markovich to fulfill the remainder of a vacant term on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission which expires December, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to accept resignation of Ashley Baxter from the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and to appoint John Lythgoe to fulfill the remainder of the term which expires December, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens on transferring $50,202.74 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $17,065.00 to Gap Chevrolet for 2005 Police Vehicle, $6,073.54 to Martin Oil for heating oil and fuel, $5,599.00 to Rose Excavating for work done in 2005 at Veterans Park & Leidy Park, $4,600.00 to Conseco Insurance for 2006 Pension for Bob Fatula, $4,600.00 to Metlife for 2006 Pension for Melanie Kline, $4,475.44 to Naugle Insurance for January installment, $3,091.20 to Grannas Brothers for antiskid, $1,636.43 to Ron Carnaveli for Nischalke Hearing legal expenses, $1,562.13 to P. Joseph Lehman for work done on stormwater management and comprehensive plan, $1,000.00 to East Taylor-Jackson Little League for 2006 Contribution and $500.00 to Cambria County Humane Society for 1st Quarter fees for animal control. Vote- 3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving the time sheets from December 18, 2005 through December 31, 2005 and January 1, 2006 through January 14, 2006. Vote- 3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Will Michaels
said, on the newsletter here it says the Township remains financially solvent. . . I would say they should. . .nothingís ever mentioned about the over $600,000 coming in from the garbage dump for the last three years and the Capital Reserve hasnít went up. Itís a lot of money and I was wondering when weíre going to stop spending so much money and get a little bit more saved. Manager Hirko replied, it has gone up over three years. Michaels asked, by how much? Hirko answered, maybe not a lot but in the last five years itís gone from maybe $400,000 to 1.4 million. Michaels said, yeah, but the thing of it is for the last three years thereís been over $600,000 coming in and this really hasnít reflected much on this Capital Reserve in that time. Hirko replied, thereís a lot of things going on and they havenít raised taxes. . .thatís my answer. Michaels said, that $600,000. . .you gotta remember thereís some municipalities that donít even operate under $600,000 a year. . . and they probably could be in a state. . this size municipalities that doesnít even have it. You know, we just want to watch this year. . thatís a lot of spending. Chairman Bracken asked, why do you think your taxes are only 7 mills? Michaels said, thereís a lot of other places that are only 7 mills too. Bracken answered, not very many.

Clair Michaels said, a few years ago we lent the Sewerage Authority I think it was $90,000 to buy a camera to check the sewer lines. . have they ever started repaying that money back?. . .because that was only a loan. Manager Hirko said, Iím not aware of $90,000. Michaels replied, I think thatís what it was. Maybe it was only $10,000 but we lent them the money. Hirko answered, there is a loan that they repay $1,000 back a year. . I think thatís what it is. . .it might have been $10,000 or maybe $9,000 but it wouldnít have been $90,000. Michaels asked, anyway. . I was wondering . .are we starting to get paid back? Hirko said, yes, I think itís down to $6,000. . .they pay $1,000 every year. Michaels said, okay. . thatís what I was wondering.

Chairman Bracken
announced that the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:13 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary