April 8, 2010

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Bruce Baker and John Wallet along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. Supervisor Mark Westrick could not attend due to employment obligations. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bruce Baker with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with Baker & Wallet present and Westrick absent

Executive Sessions Held:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Baker to accept the resignation of Karl Smith as a member of the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Vote-2 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Jim Gallagher
said, I've brought this up numerous times about getting a leaf program in this Township. . . maybe worked with the other Townships like you guys agreed to. . .and in the fall gather up the leaves. . .people put their leaves out by the ditch and then use a super-sucker. Also I want to know how close to the property line are you allowed to put a fence up? Manager Hirko asked, a solid fence? Chairman Baker responded, a foot. Gallagher said, I have a problem where my neighbors clean their leaves up and they end up in my driveway and I have a garage door opener that you have to have light between to get in there and the leaves end up there. I've been interested in this leaf program for a long time. I don't know how you feel about this. Solicitor Barbin said, it's usually a borough program. Baker continued, and they don't get grant money to do this either. . they pay for it. I've talked to the people in Ebensburg on several occasions. Supervisor Wallet said, in some neighborhoods it might be a good thing but our Township is kind of rural. Baker said, it's a big difference from Ebensburg Borough where you have sidewalks and curbs. Gallagher said, it would be worth $50 to me for someone to come out with a super-sucker and haul them out. I can't burn the leaves or my neighbors will get mad at me and I don't have the woods to push them into. Baker said, it's a huge expense that I don't think we can support right now. Gallagher said, in Ebensburg Borough they have a compost pile Barbin said, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County and State College have composting programs. Wallet said, I talked to the Manager in State College and they use the compost to offset the cost of the leaf program. Barbin said, it would take a large amount of land to have such an operation. Baker said, this would be something we would definitely want to run by the Conservation District. They would have a lot of insight on composting. Gallagher said, I'd be willing to pay $50 a year for this. Baker replied, you're the exception to the rule. . .there's a lot of people who won't do that. Barbin said, maybe if 10 people would sign up for this program at a certain rate, than a private contractor might come out to do it. Gallagher asked, is that a private contractor that does that in Cambria & Ebensburg? Baker replied, no, they bought a $250,000 Street Sweeper that sucks the leaves too. They brought that 2 years ago. Gallagher said, well Cambria is a Township too like us. Baker replied, but Cambria Township has Colver, Revloc, Mylo Park and Crestwood. . .those are all little towns in themselves. Gallagher said, so they did this and bought this all on their own? Barbin said, not with a grant. Hirko said, there was a $25,000 grant. Barbin added, and that is minor towards the cost. Gallagher said, if you decide what to do with this, I'd appreciate your letting me know.

George Burkey said, the last meeting of the Tax Collection Committee. . .they passed the final draft of the by-laws. Everything is a weighted vote. The reason we left them do that in a sense. . .they were going to change it. . . nobody's going to go to these meetings pretty soon because if you don't have a vote, you won't go and if they didn't do it that way, they'd never have a quorum. They had to do it in a sense but they are cooperating a lot. They also appointed a Tax Appeal Board with me, Buzzy and Dan Penatzer. We're on the Tax Appeal Board. One thing is insurance we were talking about. . liability insurance. . .about supplying for everybody and all these alternates and everything else. Would you have to do that? Would the Township's insurance cover us? Solicitor Barbin said, no. . .a decision you make up there should have it's own coverage. Manager Hirko asked, they did get their own Solicitor, didn't they? Burkey replied, yeah. . we hired a Solicitor. . Mike Cabonaro. Barbin said, that's a great choice, it really is. They want to know is the Supervisors and Alternates or whatever. . does the Township's insurance cover them? Covering all those people is going to cost us a fortune. Barbin replied, I wouldn't think so. . .I don't think it will because it's the body that makes the decision and the single decision that creates the liability so whether there's 20 people making the decision or 2 people making the decision, it's still the decision that creates the liability. It would be good to tell Naugle about the Tax Collection Committee and if they're covered. It's always good to tell the Agent. Burkey said, we were appointed by the Township. Barbin added, and you're representing the Township and it's just like the Cambria County Building Codes Agency and the Sewage Agency. The Sewage Agency has their own errors and omissions. Burkey said, that's what we discussed. . .they're going to look into what it would cost to cover all of us people and alternates. Barbin said, the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority or the Water Authority are independent whereas the Tax Committee, Building Codes and Sewage Agency are not 100% independent. They are independent for some aspects but they're not independent for others because their members must be a representative of the municipality. Burkey said, they also went for a grant. . .there's a grant program for $5,000 so that would probably give us more than what we need till we start collecting taxes. The Management Committee. . there are 9 members put Joe Sherwood and Carlos Gunby from Johnstown. The Management Committee is going to develop the RFP and we won't have another meeting for a good while. . .their meeting will be on the 29th at 1 o'clock . . the Management Committee will do that. Things are going pretty good. . .we have to hire a tax collector by September. . .you have to have this RFP by June. Barbin said, and you're looking to hire a professional . . sub-contracted. . .you're not going to hire? Burkey replied, no way. . .Blair County is developing a business thing to collect their taxes. We decided to sub-contract right away and there are several big companies able to collect this tax so that's why we decided to develop an RFP. We're talking 20 million dollars to collect in Cambria County so we're hoping to get a good rate to perform that service. That's where we are right now.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club along with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission will be hosting the 5th Annual Fishing Derby at Woodland Park Campground on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Primary Election Day will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Be sure to get out and vote in this important election.

Motion Wallet, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 a.m. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary