April 28, 2011

 The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Bruce Baker, John Wallet and Mark Westrick 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.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on March 31, 2011 and April 14, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$   39,944.42

$ 149,362.81

$       92,191.24

$   97,115.99


$ 708,148.68

$   15,511.11

$       25,639.57

$  698,020.22


$ 112,575.15

$ 155,190.04

$           281.60

$  267,483.59


$   31,758.92

$    2,621.10

$         1,429.60

$   32,950.42


$       102.63

$            .02

$                .00

$       102.65

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of April 1, 2011 through April 28, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     92,191.24

$        281.60

$       1,429.60

Township Police Report:
The March, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 370 Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Burglaries-3 and Larceny-3. Reportable Part II Crimes: 7 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Public Drunkenness-2 and Receiving Stolen Property-1. Calls Resulting in Cases: 12, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 2, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 53, Non-Traffic Citations: 10, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Westrick to approve subdivision of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve license for temporary use of the property of Donald Leckey on Saturday, July 16, 2011 for the purpose of holding a fireworks display during the Jackson Heritage Festival. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of April 1, 2011 through April 28, 2011 and transfer $ 25,639.57 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Fords Corner Sewage Project

$  13,000.00

Tri-Star Motors

2009 Ford Crown Victoria Police Cruiser

$    8,245.00

Naugle Insurance

April Installment

$    4,394.57



$ 25,639.57

Motion Westrick, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from March 20, 2011 through April 2, 2011 and April 3, 2011 through April 16, 2011:

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
James Burrier asked if the Supervisors addressed his written complaint. Chairman Baker said, the Solicitor responded and we will send you a copy. The police did nothing wrong or illegal. Eugene Kist said, I disagree with your response.

Clair Michaels said, you know where you fixed that hole last year on the road? Chairman Baker said, it's back. .isn't it? Michaels replied, yeah. . I wanted to remind you. I see you're gettin ready to do some work down there and I figured, while you're down there, you might as well fix that. Isn't that somethin. .you put pavement and fixed it and boom. . it got bigger. That was weird on that one. If you don't fix it, it's gonna create problems.

Dave Hessler said, I live down on Loraine Road. David. .I think you had said something to my brother-in-law that the Sewer Project went in there about 2 years ago and I came in and inquired about it and I think you sent an email to my brother-in-law. . and I don't if this is the place to deal here what they're gonna do with Nanty Glo sewage. Is that gonna go through where the hook-ups going to start? Chairman Baker said, we were just in conversation with the Redevelopment Authority this weekend . . the letter went out to Nanty Glo turning that over to them, so in the very near future, you guys will be getting a letter from them requiring you to tap in. Hessler said, ok. .they were looking to put a house down there and just wanted to make sure it was still proceeding here. Baker said, yes. . that will be part of the Nanty Glo System. .that will be theirs. You'll be hearing from them directly I'm sure. Hessler said. . something else. . .if you could take a look and have the guys. . we had that heavy rain. . I think whenever they did that Sewer Project, I don't think they put a drain in the property above my Dads and all that water was coming down. Baker asked, was there a pipe there before? Hessler replied, there had been a pipe there at one time. . there was an old abandoned property behind my Father's place. . all that rain came down. . ditches. .it hit that driveway and went on the road. It's right across from Joyce Mitchells. Baker said, and last spring that all sunk. . so that's right across. . that's where your Dad cuts that wood up in there? Hessler replied, well we own that property that's all cleared below Mitchells on the opposite side of the road and we're right below them. . right below Joyce & Harold's place there. Baker asked, like in the opening area? Hessler replied, yes. Richard Wray said, so it's like a driveway drain or pipe. Hessler said, yes and I don't know whether it just wasn't put back in or whether some of the rains we had before. . it got filled Wallet asked, where are we at Rich. . all those items? Wray responded, I'll turn them into Larry and he'll take care of it. We'll see which contractor it was. . Claycomb's still in it's one year correction period. .he'll come back and do it. If it's him, that will be real easy to deal with. . the other way, Larry may have to get Claycomb to put it in . . one way or the other, we'll get it fixed. Wallet said, that was part of that Contract. . don't know whether it was that first contractor or Claycomb? Wray said, he was real easy to work with. . I'll look into that first thing in the morning.

Dick McDowell said, while you're on Loraine Road, the catch basin on Delta Street doesn't seem to be low enough. If there's only a small quantity of water coming down there, it handles it. If you get a large quantity of water coming down there, it looks like it don't go in the catch basin. Supervisor Wallet asked, does it go over or around it? McDowell replied, it goes around it mostly. If you go down and look at it, you'll see that the grating is pretty high and there's not enough of curbing around it to contain the water so it goes down the catch basin. It seems like it might have been installed a couple inches too high but I think it could be corrected with adding some pavement around it maybe. That was one of the places where it came out all over the road down there. Chairman Baker said, yeah but when you get that much rain at one time, there's not a lot you can do with it. McDowell said, there's only so much you can do. Baker added, and unfortunately, it's at the bottom of the hill.

George Burkey said, the only thing I have to report is we haven't had a high water alarm since people have started having their lines pressure tested and we did fix a few things of our own. We've been checking manholes and make sure they're not leaking and putting those dog dishes in them. We did find a leak down here and blocked that up. . we haven't had anybody out. . no trucks pumping water since it started. Chairman Baker said, saves a lot of money. Burkey said, hopefully it will keep better and better. Eugene Kist asked, do we have to pay for that in the sewage. . do we have to pay the city? Burkey said, we will have to. Kist said, that's what I wanted to ask. Burkey said, one place. . up at Pegasus. .they're chargin people $50 a month extra if they don't comply. Solicitor Barbin said, Conemaugh Township. . yes if they don't pressure test their system starting at the end of the year. Burkey said, that's one thing we've been hearing. . what if I comply with this and I don't put any water down in there. . sewage water. . and this guy doesn't comply with it. . am I gonna be surcharged along with him? That's a Board decision we haven't made yet. Barbin said, that's why Pegasus is charging the people. . it's not fair for some people to follow the rules and other people don't. Kist said, well Conemaugh Township charged me and it wasn't my fault or anything. Burkey said, we're getting a lot of cooperation.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, May 26, 2011 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 6th Annual Fishing Derby at Woodland Park Campground on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Primary Election Day will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Be sure to get out and vote in this important election. The Jackson Township Senior Center will be hosting a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 11:00 am at Veterans Park to honor all veterans past and present. Please come out and show your support for our Vets.

Wallet, second Westrick to adjourn the meeting at 7:31. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary