March 27, 2008

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.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 Bruce Baker, Chairman with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Executive Sessions:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on February 28, 2008 and March 13, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      60,966.53

$  117,312.22

$     114,088.90

$      64,189.85


$  1,868,535.34

$   53,931.70

$      55, 679.99

$  1,866,787.05


$          962.44

$     2,921.74

$                .00

$        3,884.18


$      26,061.13

$     5,451.14

$         6,319.44

$       25,192.83

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of February 29, 2008 through March 27, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     114,088.90

$          .00

$        6,319.44

Township Police Report
The February, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for February, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 219 Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Burglaries-4 and Larceny-4. Reportable Part II Crimes: 40 broken down as follows: Stolen Property-8, Fraud-4, Vandalism-4, Disorderly Conduct-3, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Drugs-2, Liquor Violations-1 and all others-16. Calls Resulting in Cases: 32, Total Arrestees: 19, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 18, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 6, Non-Traffic Citations: 10, Total Warnings: 1.


Old Business:

New Business:
Larry Custer
, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority said, Before we talk about the 2008 CDBG Program, I'd like to give the Board of Supervisors an update on some of the projects that are wrapping up here within the Township that the Redevelopment Authority's involved in. The first project I'm going to talk about is the Wagner Road Water Line Extension. We had a pre-final job construction meeting today and went over the entire site. The line has been tested, air tested. . .the line has been disinfected and the residents can now tap into the system. Some of the things that we looked at today. . . there's a few site restorations. . . things that have to be done. As many of you are aware, the contractor. . .as he was putting in the line, he had a landscaping crew right in behind him, so that eliminated a lot of problems with winter time things being opened. . .not growing, not mulched and that. He has to go back and go over a number of sites and make sure we get better grass. . .a little bit of clean up along some of the shoulder areas. . .there are some wash-outs and things. The main thing now is that people. . .the residents down there can tap into the system. The residents have been informed by a letter from the Water Authority on the procedure to get the application or permit to tap into the line. They've been provided with specifications and what lines and materials are proper for the connection to their house out to the main line. We do at the Redevelopment Authority have a special program. . .we can assist in the payment of tap-in fees to low to moderate income people who own and live on properties adjacent to the line. . . so we do have a program. . .it's one of the affordable housing programs. . .it makes the money available to pay the tap-in fee on behalf of that owner of an occupied structure. We have received a number of applications. . .in fact, almost everyone to my knowledge has received an application, so I'll be reviewing those next week with the Authority and making payments on behalf of qualified homeowners down there. The Water Authority's tap-in fee is $1100.00. Clair Michaels said, I was at a Water Authority Meeting the other night and they said it was going to be $600.00. Isn't that what you said. Supervisor Wallet replied, yes it is. . in fact we talked about that because the project was started prior to the increase in the tap-in fees. . .we felt it should be $600.00 then. Custer said, as far as . . . .as many people that I can help with tap-in fees, that's ok. . that's super then. As far as some of the other work we're going to be doing on water system improvements, we are making an extension of about 1800 feet from the end of Wagner Road. . the end of the water line now. . we're going to keep on going towards Indiana County. . at least at the intersection where Pintail Road comes down. I think the Miller property is there and there are another four properties or buildings in that general area. Also at the "Y" where Chickaree Hill Road and Wagner Road intersect, we're going to keep on going down Chickaree Hill Road for a little over a mile towards Vintondale and we expect to pick up about 22 customers there, so we'll be getting them water. I talked to the Water Authority as well and there's been some discussion with the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority and they'd like to possibly see an emergency inter-connection there which is one of the requirements that DEP has as far as having a back-up system. If their system fails, you might be able to provide some water to them. We'll work that out as we go along here. The engineering is underway for that project. . .Hegemann & Wray of Cresson is doing the engineering work. We also have engineering underway for the sanitary sewer line extension along Loraine Road. . .that would be from the village of Lorain where that sanitary sewer line was constructed probably about 16 years ago. . .we're going to continue up Loraine Road towards Fords Corner Road and what we're looking at . . .we're using the monies allocated by the Township last year through the CDBG Program and we're looking at combing that with the monies from this year's program and just head on up Loraine Road with sanitary sewage. We've had a good response from the people there. . .they know it's needed and it's necessary. . there's some problems there, so this will definitely take care of a lot of the sewer problems there. Hegemann & Wray is also doing the engineering on that project as well, and to some extent they're going to have to update the 537 Plan to make sure that area's included, so there will be a Planning Module that will have to be developed to pick up the homes in that area as part of this project, so that's all being done as well. We're looking at that particular project. . .we're behind $75,000. in that particular project. For the rest of the Wagner Road waterline improvements, we're looking at about $380,000. and that money is available through the Competitive Application we applied for last year and we received word we can finish Wagner Road and pick up Chickaree Hill Road. The last project I have underway is Leidy Park. There's some improvements done to the playground area. . . a new playground structure was installed. . .we took some of the old obsolete things out. We also provided new safety surfacing within the entire playground area plus we provided cement paving under the pavilion so I think things came out pretty good there. . .there's a little bit of restoration work to do and we think the Township could work with us a little bit on providing a parking spot for handicap accessible parking and we have to refurbish the safety surface because it settled a little bit over the winter time, but I think everything came out really nice as well and that didn't cost the Township anything. If there's no questions on any of those things I can go on with our new projects. One reason I'm hear tonight is to talk about the 2008 CDBG Program. This year's allocation to the Township is $105,883.00 and that's about $3500. less than what you received last year. Basically the Community Development Block Grant Program has received about a 4% cut from last year and unfortunately, that's been the trend. We did hold public hearings as we're required to do. Outside of the Supervisors being there, we had a couple of people from the public attend and it was felt that the Loraine Road Sanitary Sewer Project. . . we should just keep on going with that and that's the recommendation I'm making to the Board tonight. . that the Township use their monies in order to continue construction of a sanitary sewer line up Loraine Road which has been one of your priority projects for a number of years now. I think what the intent of the Township is to head on up to Fords Corner and go from there. . . we have Turkey Path Road up there as well.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve Resolution # 01-08 to approve use of 2008 CDBG Funds for Loraine Road Sewer Project. Vote-3 yes.

Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority continued, I have some more paperwork to present to the Board tonight. . it's for an Application for Financial Assistance to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). I received a letter from the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and it went on to say that the Jackson Township Recreation Commission would like to be considered for a grant. We would like to purchase property in front of our Leidy Park. The property is approximately 2.5 acres. . .actually it's about 2.2 acres and would be used for needed parking and expansion of the park. The property would be a great asset and addition to Leidy Park where we currently have a ball field, soccer field, walking track, playground, volleyball court and pavilion. We look forward to hearing from you on your request. I talked with Al. . I talked with Dave and we've talked about this in part with our public hearings with the CDBG Program and what some of the options are that are available to the Township as far as getting assistance on purchasing property for playground or park expansion or almost any type of recreational expansion. The State does have a program. . .it's a land acquisition program. . .they work with municipalities just to do that. . purchase additional land to be utilized for recreation activities. It's a 50/50 program. . .it's a cash grant program. . .in other words the Township would have to come up with half the money to match he State's half of the grant so it would be a 50/50 proposition. I looked at the parcels. . there's two parcels involved. I talked with the owners of the properties and they are not excited about participating and not excited about not doing anything at all and I think we can negotiate with them though. . .work with them. The grant in addition to paying for the land costs would also include appraisals on the property. . we would actually have to get 2 appraisals on each of the properties and the State would recognize the lower appraisal. The State Program would also have a cost for boundary surveys, for title searches on both of the properties, for title certifications, for any access needed to be done to clear the property as far as title is concerned. . also environmental assessment. If you're familiar with the property, there may be some environmental issues on one of the properties. Some things are going to have to be cleaned up which are petroleum products. .it could be anything. . .it would cover the cost of doing the assessment and remediation as well and also any signage. . it would be 50/50 of the total project cost and your grant. . .the State would cover half the cost and you'd be responsible for the other half. I guess I'd recommend that the Township go ahead and make this application. . it doesn't commit you to any funds at this time until we get the appraisals. Solicitor Barbin asked, are you capable getting that in the budget? Custer replied, yes. . I only mentioned that to you because I think the Township would want to do the title search and certification. Barbin said, actually if I did it I would refer it to somebody else. . .do you have a more inexpensive way to do it?. . I know you search around for prices. . .if you do, go ahead and do that. Custer said, the applications are due at the State April 25th and I had made arrangements and talked with an appraiser to provide us with up-to-date appraisals on the properties so that we can look at some figures and I can establish the budget as far as title search and all the rest of the stuff that has to be done. It's two rectangular lots so obviously, a survey shouldn't be too tough to do. There's been properties sold in that area and developed and right now I think it's a good time to look at adding on to the park rather than land locking it and getting the parcels sold to someone else then you only have a little road going back to the park. This might be a golden opportunity for you to really add to the park and meet some of the needs you have down there. It's a nice facility and it keeps growing. This came about as a result of a letter from your Recreation Commission.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve Resolution # 02-08 for DCNR Application for Financial Assistance to purchase property in the vicinity of Leidy Park. Vote-3 yes.

George Burkey asked, we're into the sewer project. . is there money available for low income people for sewer tap-in fees? We got some very low income people that are pretty worried about their tap-in for the sewer project. Solicitor Barbin asked, the Cherrywood - Brazil Lane Project? Larry Custer said, yes. . I will need from the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority a letter to let me know approximately how many people you think would be eligible and what your tap-in fees are and then I'll see if I have money in my budget. I'll have to do this piece by piece as I don't have a whole lot of money in the budget but if I get a letter from you, I'll certainly consider it. Steve Yurasek said, dig deeper. Custer replied, it's always not that easy but it is a real nice program and it certainly helps. . they don't have to go into debt or payment plans just to pay their tap-in fees. On the Wagner Road Project, It's really nice when you can finally take care of a need that the people have down there. . it's a serious need. It was unfortunate that we had to make it a multi-year project and the monies kept dwindling and the cost kept going up because we couldn't go the first phase of the project because all we would have picked up was Lillian's house and then would have to go a mile before picking up anyone else and what we have to do with our monies and projects is pick up people. . .we just can't make water lines and sewer lines to nowhere and that's why we had to do that. I'm glad we got the competitive funds too and it's unusual for an entitlement community, which you are, to pick up a half a million dollar competitive grant. . it doesn't happen. Chairman Baker said, that's a testament to your hard work. Thank you.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve subdivision of Elizabeth & Joseph Bezek Jr. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve Resolution # 03-08 approving five year Agility Agreement between Jackson Township and PennDOT. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to authorize advertisement for bids for the purchase of a Athey Belt Loader. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to hire Ben Grove as a part-time employee for spring-summer park maintenance work not to exceed 24 hours per week at a rate of $7.25 per hour for the 2008 season. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to hire Al Pagano Jr. as a part-time employee for spring-summer park maintenance work not to exceed 24 hours per week at a rate of $7.25 per hour for the 2008 season. Vote-3 yes.

Manager Hirko said, we only received 1 fuel bid and we sent out bid requests to six different vendors and Luther P. Miller was the only one that submitted a bid. Chairman Baker said, the bid is based on OPIS index plus .19 cents which is more than last year but you figure, their cost have gone up too. Last year was .12 cents. Hirko said, I sent out 6 packages to different vendors but fuel doesn't seem to be a popular item to bid on right now. Clair Michaels asked, does that bid have a fluctuation in it so whether fuel goes up, it could also come down? Solicitor Barbin replied, yes. . it's the market price printed in the weekly. . plus .19 cents. The bid package looks fine.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to accept bid from Luther P. Miller for Heating Oil, Regular No Lead Gas and Diesel Fuel. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on transferring $ 55,679.99 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $ 17,342.62 to Naugle Insurance for down payment on 2008 Insurance Policy, $11,474.21 to American Rock Salt, $8,059.73 to Luther P. Miller for fuel and heating oil, $7,575.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services, $3,800.00 to Brite Computers for computer equipment for police vehicles, $3,534.38 to Grannas Brothers for antiskid, $2,000.00 to EMC Insurance for deductible in Eugene Kist Lawsuit and $1,894.05 to P. Joseph Lehman Engineers for work on stormwater management. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from February 24, 2008 through March 8, 2008 and March 9, 2008 through March 22, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:

Chairman Baker
announced, For anybody who's interested, there was a gentleman who wished to speak. . he didn't make it. . he left a packet of information. . .this guy. . .Frank Burns is running in the 72nd District. The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary