February 22, 2007

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 and Bruce Baker 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 Supervisors Dave Bracken & Bruce Baker present. Supervisor Bob Stephens was absent.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Will Michaels commented, Premium Unleaded Gasoline. . .why do we need that? That's about .20 a gallon more. I know the police cars don’t need it. Chairman Baker replied, I don’t know what the exact cost is difference. Manager Hirko added, we’re also bidding this year Regular Unleaded. We’re going to see what the cost is difference, and if it’s a lot we’re probably going to definitely consider that. Michaels said, I’m going to say that I’m thinking when you look at everything else, it’s going to be at least .20 a gallon more and yet the trucks are Diesel. Everything that comes down the pike basically is designed for 87 Octane. Hirko said, well. . prior years we only bid out Premium and this year we’re doing the Regular Unleaded also. Michaels said, but you only have listed Premium Unleaded Gas. Baker added, no. . it says Premium Unleaded and Regular Unleaded both. Michaels said, oh. . I didn’t see that. . like I said. . . we didn’t need that. I just took it you had two tanks.

Clair Michaels said, my question is on the Diesel Fuel. Starting January 1st of this year, Diesel Fuel had to have only 15 parts per million sulphur in it. Is our equipment good for it or do we have to have an additive added to the tank. . . our fuel. . . the Diesel Fuel that the Township’s buying. You ought to check in on that so it don’t mess your engines up. I’d hate to have to start buying new engines. . .you know. . rebuilding engines if it’s just a few dollars more for an additive to the tank. Are you going to check in on it or anything? Chairman Baker replied, there’s already an additive that runs in that low sulphur fuel. Michaels said, well. . starting in January of this year is when they had this start, and all of the older equipment. . you’re going to have additives. See. . that’s what I’m trying to say. . .you might have to end up putting more filters on the newer equipment because it’s going to have to try and filter that stuff out that’s designed for the lower sulphur fuel. You got to do a little checking on that. . it’s not going to take you much or you’re going to have to add more filters later on your thing. . on your diesels. . on the newer ones . . or so you’re not out here running down the road with a clogged up filter. Baker said, I think a lot of places are starting to have their fuel gel up more too with this low sulphur. Michaels said, another thing. . . if you change the filters. . a lot of times that helps a little.

Bracken, second Baker to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on January 25, 2007 and February 8, 2007. Vote-2 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      16,330.45

$ 68,310.19

$     72,376.82

$     12,263.82


$  1,617,694.64

$ 58,878.99

$     54.262.17

$ 1,622,311.46


$      17,169.08

$     115.16

$     16,782.36

$         501.88


$      24,722.70

$  3,389.82

$      3,960.53

$     24,151.99

Bracken, second Baker to approve the bills for the period of January 26, 2007 through February 22, 2007. Vote-2 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      72,376.82

$      16,782.36

$       3,960.53

Township Police Report
The January, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for January were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 334. Reportable Part I Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 37 broken down as follows: Stolen Property-8, Vandalism-8, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Disorderly-2, Drugs-1, Fraud-1, Liquor-1 and all others-13. Calls Resulting in Cases: 33, Total Arrestees: 11, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 29, DUI Arrests: 3, Traffic Citations: 15, Non-Traffic Citations: 6

Manager Hirko said, I was contacted by Tim Hofecker, President of the Fire Company and he requested that he and Mark Sloan, Treasurer, and any other representatives would want to talk to the Supervisors concerning a new fire truck so I invited them to attend. Tim Hofecker said, as everyone knows, our one truck rolled over out here at the intersection and it was totaled and we’re in the process of ordering a new one. Our cab and chassis will be in around March 9th. It’s moved back a month. . it was to be in around February 11th. We have the cab and chassis paid for but for the fire apparatus we still need about $259,000 and we were wondering if the Supervisors could loan us that money at possibly a small interest rate. Solicitor Barbin asked, are you going to get a State loan. . are you going to apply for the 2% loan? Hofecker answered, that was our intention but if we’re going to pay 2%, we’d just soon pay it to the Township. Mark Sloan said, right now, we already have a loan out for our 1995 and it has $26,500. and the most they will loan for a fire truck is $100,000. so that still leaves us $75,000. we can borrow. Barbin said, and if you were going to do it with the State, it takes several months to sort it through. Donny Ochenrider, we’d all get $100,000. from the State. . .we couldn’t get the $259,000. which we need yet. Sloan said, and it would be a total of $100,000. which we already have $26,000 out on the first truck. Barbin said, so you’re talking about a long term loan with the Township. Hofecker replied, yes. . .well. . we would discuss it. . what we could afford and stuff like that. . . like I said, if we go to the bank, we’d be paying interest. . .we’d just soon pay the interest to the Township where we can see what’s happening with our money that we’re paying back. We don’t want an answer tonight. . obviously, we’d just like some consideration and we’re in the middle of our fundraisers now so until that truck comes in, we’re looking at August or September and that’s when the money’s due. . so until then we have a fund drive. . .we have all kinds of stuff going on. . .we’re going to continue to raise funds. . . but obviously, it’s not going to be $259,000. We have applied for grants and we’ve been denied on every grant. We can’t seem to buy a grant. I don’t know why but it’s not like anything you read in the paper. . .$130,000. . . $180.000. We just can’t get that. Will Michaels said, maybe you ought to go down and see Bill Shuster. Steve Yurasek said, why can’t we donate all of that money to them? This isn’t something for one individual. . two individuals. . . this is for everybody in the Township. Chairman Baker said, that’s something we’ll take into consideration when we review their request. Yurasek said, I just thought I’d bring it up. . every person in the Township benefits from that Fire Company. Baker asked, anything else you’d like to add Mark? Sloan said, no. . just that we tried to go through Congressman Murtha and he promised to help get us a grant and like I said, we’ve been denied on almost every occasion and we’re still trying to pursue some avenues with Murtha and Yewcic. . .but it seems to be tight money or we just can’t seem to get the help. Baker said, we’ll take your request and consider it and then we’ll get together and see what we can work out with you.

Old Business:

New Business:
Bracken, second Baker to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of Dolan Enterprises. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to accept resignation of Richard F. Nugent Jr. as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to approve Resolution 01-07 authorizing the closing out of Community Conservation Partnership Grant # BRC-TAG-11-211 which acknowledges completion of the Jackson Township Comprehensive Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to approve five year lease with the Chickaree Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club with two five year options for renewal. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to authorize the advertising of bids for Heating Oil, Premium Unleaded Gas, Regular Unleaded Gas and Diesel Fuel. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker on transferring $ 54,262.17 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $17,000.00 towards January 30, 2007 payroll, $16,151.10 to Schultheis Electric for Veterans Park Lighting & Electrical Project, $15,000.00 towards February 13, 2007 payroll, $5,511.07 to Luther P. Miller for fuel and heating oil and $600.00 to Ebensburg Borough for 1/3 cost of Route 22 Sewage Study done by Keller Engineers. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Baker on approving the time sheets from January 14, 2007 through January 27, 2007 and January 28, 2007 through February 10, 2007. Vote-2 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Clair Michaels
said, I have one little question to ask you. . . here a couple weeks ago. . .the roads were so bad down there and that and they didn't plow until Monday. . it was on a weekend. Where can I call to find out. . to get somebody to come plow the Township road. Chairman Baker replied, we check messages here all weekend. Michaels said, you do?. . .see. . I didn't know that. Before you couldn't do that. You had to get a hold of one of the Supervisors. Baker said, we're in and out. Michaels said, so you check the messages on the answering machine. Baker said, yes. . especially when it's bad out. Michaels said, okay. . because I didn't know that or I would have called that one Sunday. Baker added, and bear in mind. . on those weekends when it's bad, it's usually a pass down and back. . just enough to keep the roads open. Michaels said, well. that would have helped. I didn't because I don't know who to call. . . I didn't know your phone number. Baker replied, I'll give it to you after the meeting here.

Chairman Baker
announced, the next Board of Supervisors next scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 8:00 am and Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Bracken, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 pm. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary