January 29, 2009

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, Bruce Baker and John Wallet 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.

Executive Sessions:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on December 18, 2008, January 5, 2009 and January 8, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     60,507.17

$ 45,013.99

$       95,626.14

$      9,895.02


$ 1,453,972.07

$ 51,503.32

$       58,022.30

$ 1,447,453.09


$         883.94

$      11.38

$                .00

$         895.32


$     32,052.57

$  2,664.65

$        5,196.22

$     29,521.00


$     62,164.29

$     100.45

$                .00

$     62,264.74

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of December 19, 2008 through January 29, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     95,626.14

$           .00

$      5,196.22

Township Police Report
The December, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for December, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 289 Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-4, Burglaries-2, Assaults-1 and Robberies-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 23 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-10, Vandalism-3, Embezzlement-1, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Weapons Offenses-1 and all others-6. Calls Resulting in Cases: 26, Total Arrestees: 16, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 10, DUI Arrests: 9, Traffic Citations: 17, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 0.


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Bracken 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 Bracken, second Wallet on transferring $ 58,022.30 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund: $16,000.00 to Hegemann & Wray Engineering for work done on Swigle Mt. Water Project and Fords Corner Sewage Project, $8,722.50 to American Rock Salt, $6,372.66 to Conseco Insurance for annual police pension payment for Chief Bob Fatula, $6,372.66 to Met-Life for annual police pension payment for Officer Melanie Kline, $5,764.82 to Naugle Insurance for January Installment, $3,881.87 to New Enterprise Stone & Lime for antiskid, $3,825.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting work, $3,362.79 to Luther P. Miller for fuel & heating oil, $2,070.00 to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency for Fords Corner sewage testing and $1,650.00 to Randy Wike Heating for auxiliary heating unit for Municipal Garage. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from December 14, 2008 through December 27, 2008, December 28, 2008 through January 10, 2009 and January 11, 2009 through January 24, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Robert Ford commented, I just want to check up. . . I filed a complaint about the trailer at 327 Loraine Road and I live right across the street. I'd just like to see what was being done to alleviate that situation if any. Solicitor Barbin replied, I sent certified mail letters and they came back. . .327. . I got a second address and I sent to a second place. The letters came back. . .one addressed to the mother. . .one addressed to the daughter and those are the names I got off the deeds. . I went to Ebensburg and got the deeds. . .both of them came back. I got the address. . I believe it said 327 Loraine Road. . .it said not deliverable as addressed. Can you give me some help or some clues as to why that would be? I got it back last week. When I send certified mail letters I send regular mail too. . the regular mail letters did not come back. The certified mail letters did but they came back, not deliverable as addressed. Ford said, well.. they're not going to be delivered to 327 because nobody lives there. They don't even have a mailbox there. Barbin asked, ok. . where do they live? Ford said, the one lady lives on Cristoff Street and I can get you an address but I don't have it with me. Barbin answered, if you give it to Dave, he'll get it to me. I thought they lived right next to it. . I thought from your description they lived next to it. Ford said, none of them even live near. . one lives in Nanty Glo and one lives in Westmont. Barbin replied, any of those you can give me and I'll follow up with another one. Ford said, yes. . I can get you one. Manager Hirko said, if you get them to me or call me, I'll get them to Bill. Barbin said, We did send letters, I did pull the deeds, I did get information on the property. . . I have all the information needed to make a complaint but not where they are. Ford said, just out of curiosity. . not saying you don't do your job. . whenever you tax these people. . how do you send your tax or how do they pay their taxes? Barbin said, I looked at the tax card in Ebensburg and it said 327. . the address was 327. There wasn't another address on the real estate. . there's all kinds of taxes and each tax is handled by somebody different. Paulette handles the real estate and Berkheimer handles the Earned Income Tax. . the County handles regular real estate. . it's broken up in a lot of places. Ford said, I don't know how I go about finding the address for Sandy Croft. She works at Conemaugh Hospital but I don't know how I could go about finding an address for her. Barbin said, I was under some impression in my mind, and clearly I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that the trailer was next to the house. . that's why I assumed. Ford replied, ok. . I'll get you an address and maybe we can resend that. Barbin said, yes. . we will. Ford answered, great. . I would appreciate that.

Steve Yurasek said, in the newsletter you said that we're gonna get less money from the dump but you offer no specifics whatsoever as to what you call less or anything. I'd like to see some specifics put in there, not a rose garden affair, but some specifics of how much money we're losin from the dump and we'd know what we had from the year before and the year before that and my other comment is this, do we not have a thing where if something cost so much, you have to put it out on open bid. Barbin answered, yes. Yurasek said, ok. . why do we hire solicitors, hiring Sutter and not put it out on open bid. Barbin said, professional services are exempt from that rule. Yurasek said, in other words, they could pay you any amount of money, you could turn around and kick it back to them and go golfing or whatever. Barbin said, and I'd go to jail when I got caught. Yurasek said, I bet that would never happen in Cambria County. Barbin said, but what you described is illegal. It's as illegal as anything else. Yurasek said, but that's the way Cambria County operates. . you know that. You know that. Barbin replied, not me. . not me. . that's all I can say. Manager Hirko added, I'm not aware of anyone golfing on our professional services though. Barbin said, and I don't golf myself.

Clair Michaels asked, ok. . how much did this Township pay for that property thery're gonna get at the top of Chickaree there for the industrial park. I'd like to know a ballpark figure. Solicitor Barbin said, we're trading. Clair Michaels said, but you're still payin the money. Barbin said, yes, we're paying to get land to trade. Clair Michaels replied, yea. .that's what I'm gettin at. Barbin said, any purchases will be at appraised value. Will Michaels said, now is that going to eventually benefit us or are we just going to hand that over to somebody? Chairman Baker replied, sure, it's going to benefit us. Steve Yurasek said, so we're not gonna sub it out to Dino so he can come down and run it? I just seen enough in Cambria County. When Dino walks out of the judges chambers, you lost the case. I know that. I sat too many times watchin what goes on. Baker replied, yes. . we fully intend to have the business park benefit the Township. That's why we're doing it. Will Michaels said, you know what I'm sayin. . supposed you go ahead and give the land to somebody. Barbin said, you might make good deals on pieces of the land. . not the whole park. The idea is to get a grant from the State, put in a highway. . .we got to run sewage to it. . we've got to see that there's water run through it and then it will be divided up into lots. . anywhere between 2 and 5 acre lots depending on the businesses and then a business comes in and locates. . you may make them a good deal on a 5 acre lot so that they're getting it well below what you have into it but the idea is, they're going to build a taxable building and they're going to employ some people. Will Michaels said, well. . that's what I mean. Barbin said, well that's how the process works everywhere that industrial parks are put up. Will Michaels said, I know that's the deal. . as they say, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer because you know what I mean. . we're payin for that. Clair Michaels said, well then, what it's gonna cost us roughly to get water and sewage run into it. . I know water ain't as far as sewages are. Barbin said, and that's what we intend to apply for grants and while Yewcic was here, we had some commitments, but the project just didn't move fast enough. Will Michaels said, you know everybody always talks. .ok . .let's get something built in the tax base. . now I look around. . I look at Giestown and I look up here at Cambria Township. . I look at how many places and it seems like they're broke worse than other people are. Barbin answered, Richland and Cambria Township are in pretty good shape financially. We're in very good shape because of the Landfill. Some of these other municipalities are really hurting and they don't have any business. Businesses pay good taxes. . houses pay better taxes to be honest. Baker said, and we're not looking to compete with Cambria Township and their Industrial Park up there. Will Michaels said, when I look at the tax base. . they got 3 power plants and they got a lot of business and everything and yet it seems like they're hurting and it wasn't that long ago on the news that Richland was hurting. Barbin answered, Richland's not hurting and neither is Cambria Township. It's just a question. . if you have more money in your pocket, you start spending more and I think that's all it would be. Will Michaels said, well. . we know that. . don't we? Barbin said, no. . it's true. . it's true for everybody. Will Michaels continued, but you know. . sometimes. . some of that. . you have to set on some of this . . . save that money for a rainy day as they would say.

Bob Baker asked, has there been any consideration on Paulette's letter? Chairman Baker replied, we've not yet made a decision. .we're looking at that.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Bracken, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary