April 30, 2009

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:
Sargent Greg Keefer of the Pennsylvania State Police, Ebensburg Barracks said, I was appointed to the Ebensburg station about a month ago so as a part of our requirement, we're to come to the Township meetings and ask if there's any questions. I understand. . I'm not familiar with the area yet. . .I spent most of my time down in Uniontown, Fayette County. I have 19 years on and I ran the numbers for the Township and you have a full-time Department I understand but we still did respond to 20 calls. Most of those calls are on SR-22. I queried the guys and ask if there were any blatant problems in this Township and in fact there's a couple of the troopers live down in this Township. . Evans and Gallo live down here. That's why they live here. . it's more of a quiet Township. . . now we have some problems in our northern townships, as we're finding out. Like I said, I don't know the history of the County yet but you're going to see us on 22 a good bit. That's what our job is. . to try and prevent speeders, fatal accidents, DUI's. . you may have some drugs in this area. You may not see us a lot but drugs are investigated under cover so you may be calling to your locals or us and you may not see it being acted on but then there's a big sweep. Since I've been up here we've had 2 major sweeps with the County Task Force which were quite successful. If there's any problems down this way and in particular, Route 22 or a drug problem which we can assist your Department with. . . now's the time or if there are any questions in general for me? Chairman Baker said, occasionally we put you guys on call if we get an Officer. . we're short or someone calls in sick. Keefer replied, which is no problem whatsoever. That's our job so we'll assist in any way we can or in any major investigations. When I said drugs, you laughed. . why? Clair Michaels replied, I don't believe in drugs. If I had my way there'd only be one caught one time and that would be it. Keefer said, when you see them on 22, they are doing their job. I must admit, just being there a short time . . I come from a Station where there's 90 troopers and we only have 29 here and man for man, these troopers work. The tax payers can know they're working well at the Ebensburg Station.

Steve Yurasek said, the Capital Reserve Fund's going down there boys. It's going down real fast and you're not going to get any big revenue out of the dump because they harass the trucks. . they did everything they could and so the fines. . .the trucks are going the other way. .they're going elsewhere. They're not going to put up with Brad. . well, I'd fix the dump but it cost too much. . you can't get in. . you drag your trucks in. . you drag em out. . then you turn around, the State Police are standing around. . you got stones between your tires. . you got a cut in the side of tire and guess what. . guess where I got it? . . right here. . . and that's just that daily harassment up there. Then you got the DEP and he says, Oh. I see a 2 inch cut in that tarp. . write that up and then he says, you got one eyelet off over here and you write that up and you wonder why. They'll keep going till they have no revenue at all from that dump. It's like from safety to harassment is what it is. . just a daily harassment.

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on March 26, 2009 and April 9, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     39,366.54

$ 227,584.79

$     141,562.93

$   125,388.40


$ 1,101,521.55

$   18,024.09

$       53,361.94

$ 1,066,183.70


$         896.97

$ 158,037.47

$                .00

$   158,934.44


$     28,758.24

$    2,639.01

$         2,674.21

$     28,723.04


$     62,379.39

$         51.10

$                .00

$     62,430.49

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of March 27, 2009 through April 30, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     141,562.93

$           .00

$        2,674.21

Township Police Report
The March, 2009 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for March, 2009 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 342 Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Burglaries-3, Larceny-3. Reportable Part 44 Crimes: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8, Disorderly Conduct-5, Stolen Property-5, Vandalism-3, Drugs-2, Family Offenses-1, Fraud-1 and all others-19. Calls Resulting in Cases: 27, Total Arrestees: 22, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 13, DUI Arrests: 8, Traffic Citations: 27, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, we received two letters concerning grants and one was from Governor Rendell's office and they authorized the release of $500,000. in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Funding for the construction of a business park in Jackson Township. We have six months to submit the application. RACP Funding is intended to provide much needed economic stimulus to the Pennsylvania economy and it is intended to assist in the immediate creation of quality, family-sustaining jobs for Pennsylvanians. It is a matching grant which can be a combination of various fundings and in-kind services. The second letter is from Frank Burn's office announcing that the Jackson Township Water Authority is receiving a $390,000. grant from the Pennsylvania DEP and this will be used for the Swigle Mountain Water Project. The grant award was made possible from the Federal Office of Surface Mining and I want to also credit Rich Wray who's been actively helping this along and hopefully there's more to come on this Project.

Old Business:

New Business:
Ms. Corina Long
, CPA of Barnes Saly & Company presented the 2008 Township Audit. There are two reports here. .the Audit and Financial Statements and what we call SAS 114 Communications. These are required communications that we have to make to the Township Supervisors. I'm going to summarize the Audit Results. Our Audit fieldwork was completed on March 4, 2009. The report was completed on March 23, 2009. The Township received a clean opinion on the financial statements meaning that all the numbers were presented fairly in all material respects. We had no problems during our Audit at the Township and we did not identify any unusual transactions. We had no disagreements with Management on any Accounting or Audit matters. Some financial highlights, Cash Balances as of December 31st. . you'll see we have a comparison between 2008 and 2007. The General Fund had $30,353. The Capital Projects had $1,486,393. Highway Fund had $895. The Senior Activity Center had $30,937. and Other had $7,376. for a total of $1,555,954. and compared to 2007 of $1,989,560. the decrease was in the Capital Projects which was related to the Sewer Project. Total Revenue for 2008 was for $2,600,730. and Total Expenses was $3,035,337. so you guys incurred a loss of $434,607. In 2007 there was income of $232,684. The Total Revenue between the two years decrease was primarily the result of the decrease in Landfill Revenue and the expenses increase was primarily from the Sewer Project that the Township had the purchase of land for the Industrial Park. There are comparisons on these Executive Summaries to see how the Township breaks out their expenses. The expenses primarily are for the Streets, Public Safety, Sanitation and General Government which are the 4 top expenses you guys incur. The Revenues of course would be Taxes and Landfill Revenue as well as your State Revenue. It was a clean Audit. . we had no problems and no issues.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve the subdivision of Earl Link Trucking. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve Ordinance # 160 establishing rules and providing penalties for violations at Jackson Township parks and public facilities. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of March 27, 2009 through April 30, 2009 and transfer $ 53,361.94 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Naugle Insurance Agency

Downpayment on 2009 Insurance Policy
Fire Company Workers Comp. (3 mos.)

$  17,731.00
$    3,702.00

Hegemann & Wray Engineering

Swigle Mountain Water Project

$  11,000.00

Richard Sutter & Associates

Planning & Consulting Work - Coalition
Planning & Consulting Work - Bus. Park

$  *5,175.00
$    1,725.00

Amark Environmental

NAPA Building Asbestos Abatement

$    4,800.00

Tri-County Motors

Truck Repairs & Parts

$    4,144.25

Luther P. Miller

Fuel & Heating Oil

$    4,141.69


Breathalyzer / Testing Equipment

$       943.00



$ 53,361.94

* = Reimbursed through DCED Grant & Payment from Cambria Twp. & Ebensburg Borough

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from March 22, 2009 through April 4, 2009 and April 5, 2009 through April 18, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Steve Yurasek commented, that grant that you'll be getting for $500,000. We have to match that. .right? Manager Hirko replied, yes. Yurasek said, so that says we're going to have $500,000. left in the Capital Reserve Fund. Hirko replied, not necessarily. That could be matched from other funding on the Federal level. .maybe even other things as well, but definitely State money can be matched with Federal money. Solicitor Barbin said, we already spent some money on that land trade so $75,000. of the match has already been spent.

Clair Michaels said, can I ask you a question. What does it cost for the Township to record an Ordinance? Does it cost anything? Solicitor Barbin replied $7.00. at the Cambria County Law Library. . it's recorded at the Law Library. Michaels said, you know. . you pass an Ordinance and I'm just wonderin how much it cost.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, May 28, 2009 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 4th Annual Fishing Derby at Woodland Park Campground on Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Primary Election Day will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. 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 25, 2009 at 11:00 am at Veterans Park to honor all veterans past and present. Please come out and show your support for our Vets. On April 17th the Township had the honor of being invited to the Eagle Scouts Banquet . . it was a really nice event. The Township honored the Scouts for all their help and participation in Township events and wrote a Proclamation declaring which was last week, April 19, 2009 through April 25, 2009 as Scout Troop 204 Week in recognition for their Community Service. If you see those Scouts, thank them.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary