March 30, 2006

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 and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Dave Bracken, Chairman.

Chairman Bracken announced that ther Supervisors would go into an Executive Session with Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority at 7:00 p.m. to discuss applying for a grant for recreational projects at Leidy Park. They returned from Executive Session at 7:05 p.m. and then began the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all Supervisors Bracken and Baker present. Manager Hirko said, I talked with Supervisor Stephens earliar and he could not be here due to personal reasons.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Baker, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors February 23, 2006 Meeting. Vote-2 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      19,598.98

$ 112,879.06

$     122,766.32

$      9,711.72


$ 1,395,613.48

$ 104,351.41

$      48,161.96



$       2,927.50

$          9.19

$               .00

$      2,936.69


$     27,119.68

$    6,310.76

$        6,456.14

$     26,974.30

Manager Hirko announced that the Capital Reserve Fund receipts reflected last monthís and this monthís revenue from the Landfill.

Baker, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of February 24, 2006 through March 30, 2006. Vote-2 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    122,766.32

$          .00

$       6,456.14

Township Police Report:
The February, 2006 Police Report was not available at this time according to Police Chief Bob Fatula.


Old Business:

New Business:
Mr. Terry Shook, CPA
of Barnes Saly & Company was present to comment on the 2005 Township Audit. Mr. Shook provided handouts to the Boards with various graphs and charts as well as a summary of the 2005 Jackson Township audit. Mr. Shook said, the Board had previously received a full copy of the Audit Report. Iím going to summarize what we did. Our audit field work for the year ending December 31, 2005 was completed January 18, 2006. The Audit Report was completed February 21, 2006. Our audit expressed a clean opinion on the financial statements which means the numbers that you see are clean and clear in all material respects with what we call generally accepted accounting principles. We encountered no problems during the audit and we did not identify any unusual transactions and we have no disagreements with management on accounting or auditing matters. The summary goes on to show through graphic presentations the numbers at the end of the year, December 31st, 2005 as well as on the second page, 2003 through 2005. Thereís really not much else to highlight. Again, at the end of the year we had total cash of all funds of $1,472,121. compared to the prior year end of $1,449,352. Thereís a little bit of an increase from year to year. Total revenue for year under audit was $2,725,457. compared to Ď04 which was $2,374,066. Total expenses that were subject to our audit were $2,688,688 and that compares to the prior year, $2,372,922. So for the year under audit that we did for 2005, the revenue over expenses across all funds of $36,769. to the good compared to last year, $1,144. so thereís more revenue coming in. That summarizes our audit. Weíd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you, we appreciate the opportunity to work with everybody here and Dave.

Mr. Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority was on hand to discuss the 2006 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program. He said, Iíd like to present to the Board of Supervisors an update on the 2006 Redevelopment Block Grant Program and ask for authorization to file the application based on the money we have. The allocation for Jackson Township this year was $109,837 and this is about 10% less than what the Township received last year. We held two public hearings and all told, I guess we had about 30 people in here, which you both know. . . Dave too since you were there. The primary discussion from the public involved the continuation of the construction of a public water line in the Wagner Road, Pintail area located in the Township. It would be my recommendation to use the 2006 money to continue these activities. If the Board approves this application, then Iíll have about $440,000. for construction. You also asked me to look at some funding alternatives from the State and Federal Government. . . .thereís an official coming in from the State this Friday and thereís also a State consultant who works on applications for specials needs and special programs. Weíll be touring the area and going over the information I have and looking at roads, the area and costs. . . . and that will take place next Friday. Now hopefully theyíll send me out a good report that we can move forward this project after that happens. You need a motion to approve the 2006 CDBG Application for the Wagner Road water line project. Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution # 02-06 to approve use of 2006 CDBG Funds. Vote-2 yes.

Larry Custer, said while I have the floor, I have one other comment to make. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Natural Resources is opening up an application period for some recreational funding and Iíve been talking with Al Slippy and those members of the Recreation Commission and weíre looking at some projects, but I donít know what they are now. . . .but I would like the authorization to at least make an application. If the applicationís not approved it wonít matter. . . . but if it is approved, then weíll consider it. . . .Al and I are still working on the details. Solicitor Barbin said if they grant it, you donít have to accept it. Custer said, thatís correct.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to approve Resolution # 03-06 to give the Redevelopment Authority authorization to file a recreational application to the DCNR. Larry Custer said Al and I have some work to do to get that in by July. The motion was then opened up to public comment. There was no comments. A vote was then taken. Vote-2 yes. Custer said, Iíll get a resolution out to sign. . it will say some specifics as to what weíre trying to do. Manager Hirko asked, should we have a resolution on competitive funding for the Wagner Road Project? Custer said, not until we can evaluate the direction that the State is going to give us.

Chairman Bracken said, now we have to address the fuel bids. Solicitor Barbin said, you can not tell what they mean and thereís one that lookís like itís the low bid but they said, subject to change and what change? You couldnít accept the one that looksí like itís low. Bracken said, and one didnít bid on the gas. . right? Barbin replied, right. Bracken said, so they need rebid? Barbin said we need a motion to reject all bids and rebid.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to reject all heating oil, premium no lead gas and diesel fuel bids and re-bid. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to accept bid from Cambria Tractor & Equipment Company for Air Compressor for the price of $11,295.00 with 1/3 cost to be paid by Jackson Township, 1/3 cost to be paid by the Jackson Township Water Authority and 1/3 cost to be paid for by the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution 04-06 requiring mandatory use of seatbelts in all vehicles covered under the Jackson Township Municipal Insurance Policy. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution 05-06 requiring mandatory drug and alcohol testing of Township Police Officers. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to accept resignation of part-time Police Officer, Bruce Carlton. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to hire Allen Berkey as a part-time Police Officer. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution 06-06 authorizing the submission of a PennDOT application for a permit to install and operate a flashing beacon "traffic light" at the intersection where Fords Corner Road and Pike Road West intersect with U. S. Route 22. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to request PennDOT to conduct a traffic study on Swigle Mountain Road to reduce the truck speed limit. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to request PennDOT to make Pike Road in front of the Cambria County Christian School complex a school zone. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve installation and upgrade of street lights as recommended by the Planning Commission (list attached to agenda). Vote-2 yes.

A list of new street light locations attached to the agenda that were approved were: Blackburn Road curve at top near Harmony Drive, Cherrywood Drive at Cul-de-sac, Courter Avenue & Fairview Avenue at Teal Street, Courter Avenue at turn towards Fairview Avenue, Finntown Road at Spring Glen Drive, Fords Corner at Cardinal Street, Fords Corner Road at Plank Road, Gillen Street at Jackson Twp. Fire Company Parking Lot, Griffith Avenue at turn around / end in Vinco, Harmony Drive & Lower Courter Avenue, Leidy Lane at Coyote Street, Leidy Lane at Dry Run Street, Leidy Park (2 lights), Mitchell Park (2 lights), Ogden Street at turn around / end, Old Nanty Glo Road at Loy Lane, Pike Road at Aldan Road, Pike Road at Bald Eagle Street, Pike Road at Dovetail Road, Pike Road at Heritage Lane, Pike Road at Meadow Woods Lane , Pike Road at Lower end of building, Raymond Drive at Eagle Drive South, Raymond Drive turn towards Eagle Drive North, Wagner Road at Pintail Road, William Penn Avenue at Custom Lane , William Penn Avenue at Donjay Street, William Penn Avenue at JETSA Building, William Penn Avenue at Martina Lane, William Penn Avenue at Moshannon Drive (Westerly side of 271), William Penn Avenue & Polaris Drive, Zurenda Lane & Cherrywood Drive, Zurenda Lane at Cul-de-sac. Two locations were also approved to upgrade street lights to sodium bulbs from mercury bulbs. They are: Pike Road at Municipal Building (Change from Mercury to Sodium bulb) and Municipal Building Gas Pumps (Change from Mercury to Sodium bulb).

Motion Baker, second Bracken on transferring $52,616.79 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $16,173.90 to Naugle Insurance for down payment on 2006 Municipal Insurance Policy, $8,580.27 to Pashek Associates for work on Master Recreation Plan, $6,390.97 to Martin Oil for fuel and heating oil, $6,241.45 to American Rock Salt, $5,000.00 towards 3/14/06 Payroll, $3,366.52 to Grannas Brothers for antiskid, $3,200.00 to Barnes, Saly & Company for 2005 Audit, $2,625.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning and consulting services and $1,038.68 to P. Joseph Lehman for Stormwater Management.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from February 12, 2006 through February 25, 2006, February 26, 2006 through March 11, 2006 and March 12, 2006 through March 25, 2006. Vote-2 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Tim Hofecker
, President of the Jackson Township Fire Company gave an update on the fire truck that was involved in a vehicle accident. He said, we want to make the Board aware of our decision concerning our fire truck that was wrecked. After we discussed it with the insurance company, weíre going to get substantially more for it wrecked than we would re-selling it, so the body of the organization decided that we would take the money and look into a new truck which is probably about two years away. Chairman Bracken said, I think we explained to everybody that even if we got it fixed, weíd still be about two years away. Hofecker said, yes and even fixing it, youíre looking at probably 18 months away. Bracken said, probably the best move is, that if you spend $150,000. fixing it, youíre still only going to get $10,000. for it. Hofecker replied, right and whatever they spent for it, they will spend up to $150,000. for it and bring it back to the Fire Hall and itís worth about $10,000. or $15,000. . . so itís sort of senseless. . . .I feel itís a wise business move to replace the unit which we were discussing doing in 4 to 5 years anyway. I just wanted to make the Board aware of that since you hold our insurance.

Clair Michaels asked, are they dumping fly ash on top of Chickaree?. . .up there on the strip mines? Supervisor Baker nodded yes. Michaels asked, are we getting anything from that or that dump?. . .because itís a waste. Baker answered, theyíre doing that to treat that acid mine water. Solicitor Barbin said, thatís the bonding company trying to clean-up Morcheskyís mine. Baker said, yes. . .exactly. Michaels asked, why didnít we see something in the paper about it? Thatís what I was wondering. . . .why they were dumping it and there should have been a little bit in the paper . . .let the people know about it. . .itís a hidden job. . and up at I-99 and the acid rock. . they had all kind of spill about it. Barbin said, no one asked. Theyíre really down-keying that the Game Commissionís strip mining. The Game Commission doesnít like to admit that they leased the property for strip mining and the DEP doesnít want to admit they made a mistake permitting the strip mine when itís causing pollution. Theyíre going to keep this as low-key as they possibly can. Michaels said, put it in the paper. Baker said, they didnít contact us either. Barbin said, we actually objected. If you remember we had a little letter writing campaign back and forth and the State Game Commission told us it was none of our business when we objected to the mining in the first place. Baker said, yes about the letter writing for the mining but not about the fly ash. Michaels asked, what are they going to do. . .cover it up shortly. . . because theyíre hauling quite a bit of fly ash up there and that there is on top instead of mixing it right with that. It only moves a little way to the ground. Barbin said, thatís basically what fly ash is. Baker added, theyíre supposed to be mixing it and theyíre supposed to seed that. . but occasionally they go in and start dumping. Iíve got a couple calls and Iíve been up there where the dust was so bad, you could just taste it. When there was snow on the ground, the snow was a reddish-brown color. DEP at the time . . . I contacted them two weeks ago and they got all over Robindale Energy to make sure that they held that dust down. . but what they were doing. . . they were dumping on the weekend when nobody else was around. Barbin said itís not private property. The Morchesky thing started on his own property but expanded on over to the Game Commission. Baker said, thatís on the Vintondale side though. Michaels continued, right there where theyíre dumping that. . .I think Jones stripped that in the first place so actually it wouldnít be Morcheskyís problem. As a matter of fact McFadden stripped first up through there and then Jones stripped more of it. I donít think Morchesky quite stripped where theyíre dumping. Baker said, but in defense of the whole project, those sediment ponds up there on that 22 Project arenít holding orange anymore. . . theyíre not running orange. . so itís doing the job. Itís making a difference in the water. But they were made aware of the dust flying around because it was bad a couple of weekends up there.

Phyllis Michaels commented on the installation and upgrading of street lights and the light proposed for Wagner & Pintail Roads. She asked, why would there be a street light there? Supervisor Baker said, following suit in covering intersections. Michaels said, but itís not an intersection. Baker answered, still people pull out of there. Michaels said, yeah but anybody in their right mind would stop and itís a private road . . Pintailís a private road. Baker said, right. . but it intersects the Townshipís road. Michaels said, itís only where you go in and go out. . .you canít go anywhere else. Why would you put a street light there? You have flashing ones. . .why would you put one there? Thatís just wasting money. Solicitor Barbin said, this isnít a flashing light. . itís a lighting light. Michaels said. . .yeah but still itís a waste of money for one there. Baker asked, do you think we should omit that light? Michaels said, I canít see putting one there. Manager Hirko said, maybe the people on Pintail might like the light there.

Chairman Dave Bracken
made an announcement that the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 p.m. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary