February 24, 2011

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 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.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on January 27, 2011 and February 10, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$  43,442.32

$ 67,337.78

$       64,164.97

$   46,615.13


$ 695,427.52

$ 13,771.17

$        6,000.00

$ 703,198.69


$ 137,403.08

$       29.77

$       11,825.07

$ 125,607.78


$  32,301.53

$   2,621.08

$        2,183.02

$   32,739.59


$    1,801.83

$ 12,400.38

$       14,100.00

$       102.21

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of January 28, 2011 through February 24, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     64,164.97

$      11,825.07

$       2,183.02

Township Police Report:
The January, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 251 Reportable Part I Crimes: 2 broken down as follows: Burglaries-1, Larceny-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: All Others-4 Calls Resulting in Cases: 4, Total Arrestees: 3, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 4, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 8, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0.


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Westrick to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of January 28, 2011 through February 24, 2011 and transfer $ 6,000.00 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Fords Corner Sewage Project

$  6,000.00



$ 6,000.00

Motion Wallet, second Westrick on approving the time sheets from January 23, 2011 through February 5, 2011 and February 6, 2011 through February 19, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist said, I did some figuring here. . .whatís your police officer make? Supervisor Wallet asked, part-time or full time? Kist replied, full time. Wallet replied, about $15.75. Kist said, ok, I figured $14 an hour. . . at $14 something an hour. . comes out to $29K something. . . you figure the pension fund and also the hospitalization. . whatís that run per month Dave? Manager Hirko replied, hospitalization is $400 something a month. Kist continued, ok. . I have it all together. It comes to around $42,593.36. . . thatís one officer. You add that into. . .it comes down to a call. . for each call, I averaged it out per year. . . $33.32 for each call. Secondly you add the other officers, add Mary Ann Zanghi into and her office and see what each police officerís costin us. . . and then sit two hours here at these school sessions and thereís lights there. You have cameras today and that and at $16.00 an hour sitting there. . .thatís $32. Iíve been robbed no matter how many times . . I never get nobody. This makes me angry. Thatís a lot of money to make for a police officer. . .$42,000 a year. Steve Yurasek asked, Eugene, can I ask you one question? Kist said, no. . Iím not speakin to you Steve. Iím speakin to these gentlemen. Supervisor Westrick replied, thatís not a lot of money. Chairman Baker said, first of all, theyíre not there for 2 hours. Theyíre here for Ĺ hour and there for Ĺ hour. . thatís 1 hour. Can you tell me a better place to have police officers then to protect the youth of this Township? Kist said, they have cameras today. . you go to anyplace else. They hide in back every time. Weíre not the Gestapo here. Let them sit out in front where somebody can see them. Iím not arguing on this. . are you in the Service? Baker said, ok. . weíll put cameras up then weíll pay them to come in and watch the camera in the office. . the tape. Kist argued, no . . you put lights here. . you donít have that many. . how many do you get here? . . .itís not the idea of it. Baker said, you cannot arrest somebody for doing speed in that school zone on a camera. . can you? Kist said, the kids are not walkin the streets like they did before. No children walk across that road anymore. . they come in by bus. Donít tell me that. . when they walked, it was a different thing. Baker continued, yes, but thereís a lot of people who drop kids off at that school. Kist said, I believe in that but at the same time, what are we gonna do with all this money thatís bein wasted? We canít afford it. Westrick said, itís not a waste. Kist said, weíre not in a foreign country. . weíre in America. Solicitor Barbin said, the officers are $12.70 an hour with no benefits. Thereís only 1 full-time, everyone else is part-time with no benefits. Kist said, Iím only figurin one person. . Iím not figurin the other ones. .only one person. Baker said, youíre figuring pension and health care and thatís only one person. Kist said, and you figure Mary Ann Zanghi. Baker said, that one person doesnít go to the school zone every day. Wallet said, thereís no cost for us for Mary Ann. Kist said, yes it does. . it cost me, it cost every one of us. Wallet said, well, weíre going to have a District Justice whether we have a police force here or not. Kist said, not too long, itís gonna be. Baker asked, you donít want the officer to go to Mary Annís to defend their case? Kist said, when you had Chaddy Headrick and Singer. . .you had more people in the Township than you do now. Ed Westrick said, before you had the police sitting up there watching the school, you had a lot of people speeding through there. There was nobody to control it. They didnít pay attention to it. Wallet said, we had a few wrecks there where cars hit school buses turning into there too. Kist said, Iím not complaining. . .itís about people all over. Baker said, weíve ticketed people going 60 mph in that school zone. Tell me itís not worth having that person versus the ticket. Kist said, ok. . . .of all your officers, the high number is 200 and thereís 250 this month. I averaged 289 for each month through the year on my figures, and thatís a lot of money for calls if you add them up. Now Iím only figurin one officer. Westrick said, thatís a good deal. Kist said, Ed, youíre full of bull in plain words. Westrick said, we need the protection. Kist said, we need a police officer. . weíre not in a foreign country. Wallet said, if we only would have one police officer, weíd have to turn over our protection to the State Police. Kist said, wonderful, let the State pay for our problems then. Baker said, ok. . when youíre robbed and it takes 6 hours for them to come over here. Kist said, we simply canít afford it. Take a good look at your budget here. If this keeps on goin a couple more years, you might as well fold the Township up. You gentlemen are doin a good job but whatís gonna happen now? You all have children. Baker said, I think itís safe to say weíre not getting rid of police protection. Kist added, make em do their job though. . not the way they were doin it before. Steve Yurasek asked, did you ever have a child hit Eugene? My son was hit in the 70's and nearly got killed down there. If it wouldnít have been for Mr. Merlo taking him out of Johnstown and makin arrangements in Pittsburgh. . .gettin him down where Toni was workin, I might not have a son today. . all because a smart ass passed a school bus. Kist said, ok. . Lois was out there. . she was hit. . .4 hours, Mr. Fatula arrested me that day. . .do you think thatís funny? I asked where they were? It cost me enough money to buy a 5th house in Jackson Township over this and I can prove it to you. Nobody will fight for their damn rights in this Township. I will, more than anybody. You wonít spend no money. . .all they do is talk and I can show you where I spent money. . . arrested for nothin because he didnít like me. . the same darn thing I showed you. You check that out and see. This is wrong in my opinion. You might think itís ok. Baker said, I canít think of a better place to put money than protecting the Township. Barbin said, Eugene. . in fairness, we laid off the Chief of Police for exactly the reason youíre saying because two full time officers seemed to be a little much and they did save a bunch of money by only having 1 full time. It was a way to get the same coverage with less money but now thatís done. Kist said, but they were followin orders form before and this is not right. If you think it is. . I think itís wrong. Barbin said, thatís very hard to prove that. If thatís the case Eugene, itís wrong and youíre entitled to your opinion. Kist said, you want me to advertise in the paper, Iíll do it. . I did it with your Judges and the District Attorney. . Mr. Barbin can tell ya that. . .I put it right in the paper. They donít like it, I donít care. Thatís their opinion. .itís still a free country. . .Iíll fight for my country. . not anymore I wonít. . no way. . no more. Thank you.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:11. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary