March 12, 2009
The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker and John Wallet along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bruce Baker with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.
Executive Sessions Held:
Public Comments Concerning Agenda
Motion Wallet, second Bracken to adopt Ordinance # 159 (Violent Sex Offender Ordinance). Solicitor Barbin explained, this Ordinance is based on the East Wheatfield Township Ordinance and uses their numbers, not Ferndale or Johnstown numbers. It prohibits a person who is a registered violent sex offender from living within 2,500 feet of a school, child care facility, senior care facility, public open space, public park or other recreational facility within the Township. If a person is discovered living closer than the 2,500 feet, theyíre given a 60 day notice and theyíre required to move out at the end of the 60 days. If they havenít, they can be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days or pressed with a fine not to exceed a $1000 dollars and each day is a separate violation under the Ordinance which is pretty standard. The big thing of importance is, a person who is living as a resident as of the date of this Ordinance is not affected by this Ordinance. If theyíre already there, we passed a rule after the fact. . .we canít pass rules after the fact that affect people that way. The Court of Common Pleas has the power to rule that a person is no longer a serious danger sex offender, but itís probably not going to happen very much but there is an escape hatch for people in the law. Itís not in the Ordinance but when I put them together, itís not like having an error where somebody is accidentally put in the category. . thatís the thing that they play in the news now days. There is a process in the Court to take them off, but itís not for us to do but the Courts to do. The motion was opened to public comment. Clair Michaels asked, is that constitution legal in under the Constitution? Barbin replied, some people question it. Michaels replied, thatís all I want to know. Barbin said, some people question whether itís constitutional or not. Michaels asked, so we could be pressured on that? Barbin said, and people have questioned it. . I understand that the American Civil Liberties Union has a case in Allegheny County about this that weíll watch and see what happens. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.
Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve job description for Chief of Police. Vote-3 yes. The Supervisors agreed to meet Bob Fatula and review the job description within the next several weeks.
Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve job description for Office Clerk-Assistant. Vote-3 yes. The Supervisors agreed to meet Connie Fetzer and review the job description within the next several weeks.
Other New Business:
Chairman Baker announced, The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Jackson Township Lions Club along with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission will hold their 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from Noon till 2:00 pm.
Motion Bracken, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 a.m. Vote-3 yes.
David M. Hirko, Secretary