April 24, 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. Solicitor Bill Barbin was not present to do another commitment. 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 March 27, 2008 and April 10, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      64,189.85

$  116,904.69

$     105,404.08

$     75,690.46


$ 1,866,787.05

$    50,936.02

$       37,924.32

$ 1,879,798.75


$       3,884.18

$  162,332.32

$                .00

$    166,216.50


$      25,192.83

$     2,441.57

$         1,711.13

$     25,923.27

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of March 28, 2008 through April 24, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    105,404.08

$          .00

$       1,711.13

Township Police Report
The March, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for March, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 268 Reportable Part I Crimes: 5 broken down as follows: Burglaries-3 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 17 broken down as follows: Sex Offenses-3, Drugs-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Stolen Property-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 18, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 9, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 7, Non-Traffic Citations: 3, Total Warnings: 0.


Old Business:

New Business:
Mr. Terry Shook
, CPA of Barnes Saly & Company presented the 2007 Township Audit. Shook said, our firm did the audit in Jackson Township where we just recently completed that. There are two different parts to our report. . .one is the Financial Statement and the other one is a report to the Supervisors and this detailed some of the things like how we conducted the audit. .some of the things that we found and things that we did. Basically Iíd like to summarize both of the things and the Executive Summary Report has the colored graphs and also the highlights of the Audit. Audit field work was completed March 7th. . .the report was completed on March 28th and we filed at that time the required report with the DCED and that was done at that time at the end of March. Our report expressed a clean report on the financial statements. . .that means that the numbers you see on the report are presented fairly in all material respects. During the Audit we encountered no problems. We did not identify any unusual transactions. We had no disagreements with management on any accounting or auditing matters at all. Overall. . thatís about as good as we can get. . there are no real comments. . no real areas that we would say need addressed immediately or approved. We feel from an accounting stand-point, things are run very well. The rest of the report just highlights. . .Iíd just like to run over some of the current numbers. . .at the end of December when we did this Audit. . . .at the end of December based on total cash of $1,989.560.00. . . . total revenue was $2,867.505.00. . .total expenses were $2,634,821.00. . .so the books showed revenue over expenses of $232,684.00. . .down just a little bit from what it was last year. Just to kind of link some of the numbers that kind of stick out for the year, thereís a couple of graph presentations that we normally do. The first graph shows revenues for 2007 and where they come from. . .probably you can see 18% comes from taxes, 24% from the landfill. . .13% from the State. . .all this verses where the money goes. . .for 2007, total expenses were $2,634,821.00. . .for example it shows 22% went for streets, 5% for recreation, 14% for public safety and on and on. The next page of graphs shows revenues of the Township over the last 3 years and whether theyíve gone up or down. . . transfers in is just transfers between accounts. . you can see for example the Landfill in 2005 was $660,947. . in 2006 it went up to $710,800. And last year was down to $684,580. Itís the same with the taxes at the bottom. .you have a slight increase from 05-06 and in 07 itís down just a tad. . . .expenses in the next chart. . the same thing over the past three years. . where expenses have increased or decreased . . and two more charts at the bottom break down the taxes. . where they all come from. . .29% or $153,982. For 2007 came from Real Estate Taxes. . . 66% or $341,432. Came from Earned Income Taxes and 5% from other tax sources such as transfer taxes and the last chart just kind of shows taxes from 2005 to 2007 and how theyíve increased or decreased. Real Estate Taxes over the past 3 years have held just about the same with just slight increases or decreases while Earned Income Taxes are identical to where they were last year where it was up from 05-04. That kind of summarizes our Audit. We thank Dave and his people here for the cooperation we had. . .we had no problems or encountered any problems. The report for the Township Supervisors details just what I said. . how we conducted the Audit and the problems we found. . which there werenít any and we identified that. The recorded Audit adjustments were not adjustments to the Township books but needed to be presented to the State to be in compliance with the requirements from the DCED. . . .itís just to re-class items . .not that we had adjusted the Townshipís books. The next page actually says there were no un-corrected mistakes accumulated during the Auditorís meetings. . .there were no adjustments we actually made. . we had no corrections to do over. Thatís about it.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to accept low bid of U. S. Municipal Supply Company for the purchase of two 1981 Athey Belt Loaders. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to adopt Resolution 04-08 increasing the Tax Certification Fee from $5.00 to $10.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve license for temporary use of the property of Sara Jane Lecky on Saturday, July 19, 2008 for the purpose of holding a fireworks display during the Jackson Heritage Festival. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to authorize Township to obtain appraisals on parcels of land. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on transferring $ 37,924.32 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $16,177.72 to Smorto, Persio, Webb & McGill for Zoning Hearing Board legal expenses, $8,948.87 to Luther P. Miller for fuel and heating oil, $5,764.82 to Naugle Insurance Agency for May installment, $2,176.16 to US Municipal Supply for plow edges, $2,025.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services, $1,831.75 to Penelec for new facilities needed for installation of street lights and $1,000.00 to Hegemann & Wray Engineering for work on Fords Corner Sewage Project. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from March 23, 2008 through April 5, 2008 and April 6, 2008 through April 19, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Steve Yurasek commented, I got this newsletter. . you put a lot of information in there but youíre not telling the people what these fiascos are costing that the Zoning Hearing Boardís doing. Just like the thing for Warren Oil and Bill Barbin will back up what I have to say. . .he put an expert witness on the stand. . now weíre paying this man. I told him. . .thereís a mine discharge on the right hand side of that reservoir. I said Merloís paid me many times to go up and work on that discharge . . .even after Bethlehem went belly up. . the people got ahold of me to go up. He testified thatís the cleanest reservoir in the whole Johnstown Water System and thatís a lie. . itís not. North Fork Reservoir is the cleanest reservoir they got. . . but weíre spending money like this. . now there we are. . for one month, we spent 16 thousand something. . . now, what are we gonna do. . are we going to keep doubling this then when the dump starts petering out. . how are we gonna pay. . are we gonna double peopleís taxes? You got the EPA. . you got the DEP. . I could have proved a point that night. You threw a specific set of plans down there thatís detailed and Iíll guarantee that most everyone on the Zoning Hearing Board couldnít read the plans. Al Gailey on the Planning Commission is the only damn one that could sit down and read a comprehensive set of blueprints. Now. . how are you gonna have people make a decision like this? Youíre doing somebody elseís work. . if the DEP would have been invited there or the EPA or something would have come there, you would have seen how detailed and meticulous they are before you go to put a tank in and theyíre going to have to approve it anyway. No matter what the Township does, they got to make the final decision as to whatís put in there so weíre doing their work and spending our money but I think we should add this in the Newsletter so that people understand what this stuff is costing us because you got money now with the dump but trust me, itís gonna start going down cause it is everywhere. Davidsvilleís not getting hardly anything and itís gonna happen up hear the same way. If you go down to Conemaugh, every night and sit there around 7 oíclock, youíll see the garbage train going to Ohio. . . all them big blue boxes sitting on the flat cars. . .thatís the garbage train going to Ohio. . . .thatís what used to come to Davidsville. . .come up here. . well. . itís going to Ohio. . so thatís my comment fellas.


Chairman Baker announced, the Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The 3rd Annual Fishing Derby sponsored by the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission will be held on Saturday, May 10th, rain or shine, at Woodland Park Campground from 9 to 3. Registrations begin at 8 am. There will be lots of prizes, refreshments and fun for all.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary