SUPERVISORíS MEETING
February 26, 2004

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors David Bracken, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Chairman Dave Bracken
said there was no one who listed an agenda item for comment on the sign-in sheet. He added there were some check marks and check marks were not recognized. Eugene Kist started to make comments and Solicitor Bill Barbin told him he was out of order. A heated debate arose and Clair Michaels also began to make negative comments towards the Board. Officer Jason Ponczek reminded Mr. Kist and Mr. Michaels that they had to be recognized before they can speak. At that time another heated exchange of words took place and Officer Jason Ponczek asked Mr. Michaels to step outside the meeting room to discuss the matter. Mr. Kist joined Mr. Michaels at his request to go outside with Officer Ponczek. They later returned to the meeting.

Minutes:
Motion
Baker, second Stephens to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2004 meeting. Vote-3-yes.

Township Financial Report:

FUND

Balance
1/30/04

Receipts

Disbursements

Balance
2/26/04

GENERAL

$     33,266.09

$    68,506.82

$     73,195.78

$       28,577.13

CAPITAL RESERVE

$ 1,363,703.85

$    51,488.61

$     39,165.59

$   1,376,026.87

HIGHWAY AID

$       3,855.94

$            9.64

$               .00

$         3,865.58

SR. CENTER FUND

$     36,390.85

$      2,398.44

$       2,768.31

$        36,020.98

Expenditures:
Motion
Baker, second Stephens to approve the bills for the period of January 30, 2004 through February 26, 2004. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$         73,195.78

$            .00

$           2,768.31

Township Police Report:
The January, 2004 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 309. Reportable Incidents were 36 broken down as follows: Harassment-9, Disorderly Conduct-8, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Criminal Mischief-3, Assault-2, Theft-2, Vehicle Theft-2, Armed Robbery-1, Burglary-1, Criminal Trespassing-1 and Public Drunkenness-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-12. Traffic Citations Issued-5. Accidents Handled-26. Criminal Charges Filed were 22 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-8, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Assault-2, Harassment-2, Burglary-1, Criminal Mischief-1, Criminal Trespassing-1 and Public Drunkenness-1.

Correspondence:
(None)

Old Business:
(None)

New Business:
Motion
Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of Herbert & Gloria Brickner to Galen Helsel. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of Jane Eves (Jack Epperson Executor to the Estate of Jane Eves) to Bernice Dishong. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to authorize the advertising for bids on Heating Oil, Premium No Lead Gas and Diesel Fuel. Vote-3 yes.

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

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the Township Elected Auditors to attend the 2004 Spring & Fall Cambria County Township Association Conventions. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize five members of the Jackson Township Planning Commission to attend a seminar on the "ABCís of Land Use Management" to be held at the Holiday Inn, Indiana, PA on March 30, 2004. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Ordinance # 126 - Real Estate Transfer Tax Ordinance which complies with Act 166 of 2002. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Ordinance # 127 - Earned Income Tax Ordinance which complies with Act 166 of 2002. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adopt Resolution 02-04 giving Roadmasters authorization to provide assistance to other Governmental agencies (Water Authority, Sewer Authority, Fire Company, PennDOT) within the geographic boundaries of Jackson Township. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no because he felt the language was much too vague and not definitive enough.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Resolution 03-04 approving Expenditure of Funds Policy for Township employees. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to transfer $17,286.10 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $4,805.72 to Luther P. Miller for Fuel and Heating Oil, $4,521.88 to New Enterprise for Anti-Skid Materials, $4,000.00 for Metlife USA for Pension Plan Contributions, $2,362.00 to Freedom Ford for new clutch for Township truck, $946.50 for snow removal overtime and $650.00 to David Murphy for Real Estate Appraisal. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the time sheets from January 18, 2004 through January 31, 2004 and for February 1, 2004 through February 14, 2004. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:
(None)

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist
said he served his country and 600 died from serving their country and you gentlemen sit back there and you should be ashamed of yourselves in front of God almighty. He said you pledge allegiance with your right hand and Hitler did better than you people did. He said every man and woman in this room knows what you people are like. He then said you passed this resolution and have it vague and asked if we are going to be compensated for these things. He then asked if they thought we were made out of money and said that you have a piggy bank up there at the dump and you spend it like drunken sailors. He added that Barbin sits there as an officer of the court and heís a disgrace to court in the country.

Don Bishop stated that he got a bill from the Fire Department and said it wasnít acceptable. He stated that the tippin fees from the landfill should pay for these bills and that the residents should have free ambulance service because all they did was transport his wife and he said the bill was unacceptable for only 17 miles. George Burkey stated that all residents must be billed as a matter of policy in order to also bill insurance companies and that billing was necessary in order to pay Paramedics and EMTs. Ed Westrick asked if residents could be made aware of billing policies to understand it better. Solicitor Barbin said that perhaps the Ambulance Service should explain the billing procedure after the ambulance runs. Dick McDowell also said residents of the Township should be made aware of billing procedures so there would be no misunderstanding in the future.

Announcements:
Chairman Bracken
announced that the next Supervisors Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Executive Session:
The Board went into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss personnel matters.

Adjournment:
Motion
Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary

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