February 23, 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 Attorney Andy Gleason who was filling in for Solicitor Bill Barbin who was not able to attend. 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:

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on January 19, 2012 and February 9, 2012. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$  28,698.96

$ 83,089.09

$       85,922.19

$   25,865.86


$ 747,317.24

$ 29,727.15

$         9,288.91

$ 767,755.48


$ 190,361.65

$      41.40

$         7,458.58

$ 182,944.47


$  33,457.01

$  2,621.11

$         5,756.07

$   30,322.05

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of January 20, 2012 through February 23, 2012. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     85,922.19

$      7,458.58

$      5,756.07

Township Police Report:
The January, 2012 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 477 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny 2 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 27 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-6, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Public Drunkenness-3, Fraud-2, Drugs-1, Embezzlement-1, Liquor-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 16, Total Arrestees: 11, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 6, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 63, Non-Traffic Citations: 4, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve Subdivision of Byron Keith Rager. Vote-3 yes.Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve temporary Lease Agreement between Jackson Township and Walden Vorhauer for use of Woodland Park facilities for the 7th Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to authorize the submission of the PennDOT application for 2012 County Aid for road projects. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of January 20, 2012 through February 23, 2012 and transfer $ 9,288.91 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Luther P. Miller Inc.

Fuel & Heating Oil

$  6,907.88

Naugle Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance

$  2,381.03



$ 9,288.91

Motion Wallet, second Westrick on approving the time sheets from January 8, 2012 through January 21, 2012, January 22, 2012 through February 4, 2012 and February 5, 2012 through February 18, 2012. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Clair Michaels asked, how many Full-Time Township Policemen do we have? Chairman Baker answered, one. Michaels said, ok. . I was told we had none and thatís why I wanted to ask.

Bill Headrick said, this is about the Water Authority. I just got a bill the other day and the rates are going up and I think theyíre going up dramatically and Iíd like to know why. I know you donít have control of that but if you look at it as a price per gallon, thatís a 38% increase. If you stop at 3,000 gallon minimum like you have now, thatís a 27% increase. I think thatís a pretty good increase for what this Township has done for the Water Authority. You co-signed a 1.7 million dollar legal loan. . you loaned them $158,000 plus the money youíve given them and then to come back against the taxpayers and raise the bills like that. Supervisor Wallet said, I can tell you Bill, Iíve been on the Water Authority for 25 years and probably the worst thing we didnít do is incrementally raise the rates like every year or every other year. We let it go for too long and it came down to a question of Budget and the last project that we had. There were many scenarios in that rate increase. . we spent a lot of time researching it and we had a lot of different scenarios of what we had to do. . .we had a number that we had to have to make the Budget. We looked at many combinations and different ways of doing that and thatís what we came up with and we needed that to pay obligations for our debt and to pay our bills. Thereís no fluff there. Headrick replied, I understand that but by the looks of the rates, there are a lot more people using less than the minimum than more than the minimum so you raised the rates and lowered the minimum. Wallet said, we had a request from a lot of people to lower the minimum. Headrick said, they wanted you to lower the cost of the minimum Wallet said, we couldnít do that. We had a whole spreadsheet of scenarios. Headrick said, hereís the other thing. . if I used 3,200 gallon, you charge me for that 200 gallon over. If I use 200 gallon under, you donít give me a break. Whatís fair is fair. Wallet said, I understand that and thatís one of the reasons why we dropped the monthly minimum because we had people complaining. We had a spreadsheet with how many customers use "x" amount. . up to a minimum, up to this. . up to that and the majority of customers use less than 3,000 in our system. Headrick said, we also pay a tax. . we pay a Hydrant Tax. I mean you tax us then you raise our rates up. Wallet said, also a comment on that loan. . weíre paying that loan back. Thatís another part of our obligations. . to pay that loan back. Headrick asked, how much money did you get from the CDBG money. Wallet said, that comes to the Township. Headrick said, I know but the Township put money into the lines. Wallet said, sure. . we get money as far as new customers revenue because when you extend the line with CDBG money that in turn turns into Water Authority revenue. Headrick said, I just feel like Iím being ripped off. . I really do. Wallet said, our Meeting is next Tuesday. . youíre more than welcome to come. Believe me, it tore at all of us. .we spent a lot of time going over this Budget this year and we knew there was going to come a time and we went through all different scenarios and there was just no getting around it Bill. I donít like it any better than anybody else. I pay it too. . it hits me just as hard as it hits you and I donít like it. Our employees didnít take a raise this year. Headrick said, another thing and Iím sure you know this. . .whenever these things were done years ago like when the Senior Center was started this Township at that time was like 25% Senior Citizens and you know younger people are leaving. Wallet said, sure. . itís changing. Headrick continued, and yet itís getting higher and higher and the income isnít there anymore. Wallet said, we had a spreadsheet of all the municipalities around this area and even going out to Carrolltown and Patton with what their monthly water bills and rates were. . weíre kind of in the middle yet. . .some are lower. . some are a lot lower and some are higher. Itís not that it means anything but itís something to look at but when the bottom line comes. . when the day is done we have to have enough money generated from the bills to pay for our obligations and thatís where itís at. The Water Authority isnít a money making thing. .weíre not there to make money. Headrick said, getting back to the Hydrant Tax, when was the last time anybody went over that. Who getís taxed? What was it George. . 600 feet from a Hydrant at one time? George Burkey said, thereís a circle or radius from the Hydrant on who gets taxed. Headrick said, you put a lot of new water lines in. . has anybody went out and signed these people up? Why should I pay and you put a new water line in and that guy doesnít have to pay? Wallet said, all these new water lines. . they have hydrants. Headrick said, exactly and somebody should go out and look at that. . thatís a job for somebody to do. I have one more thing. . whenever we had the Auditors Meeting and we were having a discussion between the Auditors and you guys, I mentioned the Franchise Tax on the Cable TV. . now I donít want to see that go away because thatís a pretty nice chunk of money. . thatís probably around $50,000 right now but when you look at how many people have Cable TV, you probably have less than 850 families and thereís over 2,000 residences in this Township. . now what can be done to make the other people pay a Franchise Tax? Manager Hirko asked, you mean like Satellite Dishes? Headrick said, yeah. . I mean itís only fair. Hirko said, thatís never been addressed by the State. Headrick said, why donít they have to pay it. Wallet said, I just looked at my Cable Bill today. .it went up. Headrick said, I think things like that have to be looked into. You put a tax on and if you bring in your Cable Bill, you get that tax reduced. Wallet said, itís a thought.

Eugene Kist said, I asked this question in numerous places on these cell phones. Thereís a 911 tax on every one of them. . itís a dollar and a half a month. I asked where that tax goes and nobody seems to know. It should go to the County on 911. Is that going to India or China? Why donít you Supervisors ask that question? I canít get no answer on it. You pay a dollar and a half on a cell phone a month. Nobody seems to know where it goes because you go on your cell phone you have to go through India. Supervisor Wallet said, when you dial 911 in Cambria County you donít go through India. . you go through the Center in Ebensburg. Kist said, yeah but the money should come into our County. Wallet said, Iím sure it does. Kist said, secondly Iíd like to know where Iím gonna get some fill off the Township. Itís been since 1984. . I think I only got 2 loads since 1984. I think itís about time I get a load. Wallet said, we donít have any to give you. Kist asked, you donít have any. . none whatsoever? Wallet said, no. .we donít. Chairman Baker said, if and when weíre in your neighborhood, youíll get some. . thatís the policy. .it goes to the closest and we havenít done anything over there. Kist said, you better start doin something and puttin some people to work. You canít keep operatin this way. . your grandkids and great grandkids are goin to be payin China.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next meetings will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 8:00 am and Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Jackson Township Supervisors along with the Recreation Commission will hold their 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 12:00 noon.

Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:14. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary