February 24, 2005

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:10 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Attorney Wayne Langerholc who was filling in for Solicitor Bill Barbin who was not able to attend. Vice-Chairman Baker apologized for the delay in getting started and explained that Chairman Bracken had been detained on another matter. The meeting was called to order by Baker with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all Supervisors Stephens & Baker present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Gerry Thomas
who identified himself as a former resident of Jackson Township said he would like to speak on possible amendments to the Subdivision Regulations as in a Special Exemption Clause. He said the way the regulations were adopted from the former County regulations in 1972, there were changes anticipated to be made about 7 years ago. He then said in his family there were 10 kids and his dad had nothing, but one thing his dad and many people do have is just ground. He added the way regulations are currently written you cannot give your children ground that you own without going through a major subdivision. Thomas stated that a Supervisor in another municipality told him he’s in a similar situation and that it would cost him $27,000 a lot to develop the land because of how the regulations are. He asked that the Supervisors consider adopting an amendment to amend the Subdivision Regulations to include a Special Exemption Clause which was omitted from the original adoption of the Subdivision Regulations. Thomas then said that if a family farm would be divided amongst the children it is possible that due to the number of children it would then become cost prohibitive to do so. He said it hasn’t come up a lot in the past but could and he urged the Supervisors to take a good hard look at adopting a Special Exemption Clause.

Stephens, second Baker to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2005 & February 3, 2005 meetings. Vote-2 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     12,468.92

$ 69,377.54

$    76,425.14

$       5,421.32


$ 1,376,301.06

$ 50,218.52

$    44,634.23

$ 1,381.885.35


$       3,850.16

$        7.16

$             .00

$       3,857.32


$     24,626.51

$  3,423.25

$      2,700.19

$     25,349.57

Stephens, second Baker to approve the bills for the period of January 28, 2005 through February 24, 2005. Vote-2 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$   76,425.14

$          .00

$       2,700.19

Township Police Report:
The January, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 371. Reportable Incidents were 53 broken down as follows: Harassment-11, Criminal Mischief-7, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Theft-5, Trespassing-5, Disorderly Conduct-4, Drugs-3, Threats-3, Assault-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Corruption of Minors-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Rape-1, Reckless Endangerment-1, Underage Drinking-1 and Vehicle Theft-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-16. Traffic Citations Issued-39. Accidents Handled-12. Criminal Charges Filed were 34 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Trespassing-5, Disorderly Conduct-4, Harassment-4, Drugs-3, Assault-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Theft-2, Trespassing-2, Corruption of Minors-1, Criminal Mischief-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Reckless Endangerment-1 and Underage Drinking-1.


Old Business:

New Business:
Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision of Edward & Jacqualene Simmons. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of Paul Reese Jr. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision of Audrey (Kris) Sherrer. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve Resolution 01-05 authorizing Berkheimer to impose and retain costs of collection on delinquent taxes. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the advertising of bids for Heating Oil, Premium No Lead Gas and Diesel Fuel. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the advertising of bids for a proposed Veterans Monument to be erected at Veterans Memorial Park. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the submission of the PennDOT application for County Aid for road projects. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on transferring $ 44,634.23 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $20,000.00 towards 2/1 & 2/15 payrolls, $7,304.10 to Penelec to pay for relocating 2 poles along Leidy Lane, $5,279.16 to Lehman Engineers for work on Comprehensive Plan & Stormwater Management, $4,448.65 to Luther P. Miller for January fuel expenses, $3,817.83 to American Rock Salt for salt for roads, $1,959.14 to Grannas Brothers for anti-skid, $1,000.00 for contribution to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League and $825.35 to M & M Uniforms for police uniforms. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving the time sheets from January 16, 2005 through January 29, 2005 and January 30, 2005 through February 12, 2005. Vote-2 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Bob Albright
said he wanted to bring to the Supervisor’s attention where they’re reclaiming the rock dump on Pergrim Hill and said they were dragging a lot of that stuff out on the road and that there’s a problem being they’re going to be down there a long time. He said whomever you have to get to, "the powers that be", you had better get something done for the residents of the Township and added that we’re taking a hammering. Baker said we’re squawking right now. Albright said another problem we’re going to run into are those trucks going out by the Jehovah Witness Church. He said one run him off the road today and he wasn’t going no 45 mph. He said he was coming in the truck was going out and was really going fast. Baker said those two companies, the logger and the mining company out there have been point-blank told to obey the speed limit or they’re going to get pinched. Albright said they’re not a non-profit organization and we have a right to protect the residents. Baker agreed and said absolutely and that safety was first and foremost.

Harold Holsopple said he had spoke with Mr. Hirko several times concerning the garbage and would like something clarified. He said he had spoken to Jeff Croft and he has taken stuff to the dump and said that you’re taking your life into your own hands. He said Mr. Croft told him getting into the dump isn’t so bad but getting out, you still have to travel past the scales both ways. He then told him that the main trucks who are hauling are pre-programmed in the computer so their weights are all pre-based and those truckers don’t want us up there. He was told that you can’t get in line because the truckers block you and if that is the case and nothing is going to change, he asked how are all of us as residents going to go to the Landfill every quarter and 4 times a year and get along with the truckers. He said they don’t want us there and it’s not going to work. Holsopple then said they’re going to cause such havoc that the people will give that up and you’re going to have garbage thrown all over this community. Baker said that we would keep a close eye on that and if there’s a problem, we’ll address it. Holsopple then said he thinks this garbage is a bad deal and as a Senior Citizen, he only puts garbage out every other week plus he did recycling and burning as permitted. He said he kept his house clean and he foresees many problems that had not been confronted or addressed properly. He asked why we can’t have multiple colored stickers with one for residents who are Senior Citizens who don’t want this every week. He said they’re going in the hole big time and he was way ahead with the green bag and surely something can be done for we folk who don’t have a lot of garbage. Holsopple said he’s not a radical and he’s not talking about a "rat shoot" but he knows people are going to start throwing garbage hither and yon because they’re not going to pay it. He said they’ll do everything and anything to get around the system. He asked if anyone ever considered a flat rate for the entire Township or did anyone ever consider buying a garbage truck. He said the money we’re making per year we’re putting it back into Waste Management and they’re getting their money back. He asked if it wouldn’t behoove the Township to purchase a garbage truck. Tim Davis said most municipalities got out of the garbage business because it was very expensive to maintain a truck and the main reason they did it was it was no longer financially viable. He said he understands that we need to try to do something for the Senior Citizens but comparing to other municipalities garbage rates, we can’t complain. He said as far as the Landfill goes, he has taken stuff over on Spring Clean-Up and found those truckers to be very courteous. He said he pulled up, got weighted, they took his ticket, left him in and even left him back in line to go out and he never had a problem in the three years he took stuff over there during Spring Clean-Up. Holsopple said he’s only saying what he was told and that he foresees a problem because there’s going to be more than a few people and there’s going to be a lot of people who want to take advantage of that pass. He said we have a lot of residents and something is not going to work. Supervisor Stephens said we’ll mention this to Charlene and Mr. Minemyer of Waste Management and see what they have to say and if there are any repeated problems. He added that a lot of times, second-hand information isn’t always the exact way it happened and he would like to have first-hand experiences from the person who told you including dates and times when the incidents happened and then we’ll look into it.

Vice-Chairman Baker
made several announcements including that the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building and that Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority will hold a public meeting concerning 2005 Community Development Block Grant Funds on March 3, 2005 at 2:00 pm

Stephens, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 7:24 pm. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary