May 24, 2007

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, Guy Ellenberger along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Bruce Baker, Chairman. 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:
Clair Michaels said, I was just wondering. . how much are you planning on contributing towards the Midget Football League? Chairman Baker replied, that hasnít been determined yet. . it depends on whatever motion the Board makes. Michaels said, I thought thatís what you were doing. . . give them the money. Baker answered, well. . we will. . .someone will have to make a motion. Solicitor Barbin added, when they make the motion, theyíll have to say an amount. They just canít say give something. . .they have to say it out loud here at the meeting whatever that is.

Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on April 26, 2007 and May 10, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      36,225.72

$ 194,505.21

$     118,609.03

$    112,121.90


$ 1,577,620.23

$  43,232.99

$       35,426.31

$ 1,585,426.91


$    147,416.69

$      583.96

$                .00

$    148,000.65


$     22,580.08

$     3506.52

$         3,616.57

$     22,470.03

Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve the bills for the period of April 27, 2007 through May 24, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      118,609.03

$          .00

$        3,616.57

Township Police Report
The April, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 366. Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-6 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 37 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-7, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Stolen Property-4, Fraud-3, Public Drunkenness-3, Liquor Violations-2, Vandalism-2, Forgery-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 30, Total Arrestees: 19, Total Victims: 6, DUI Arrests: 7, Traffic Citations: 16, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 5.

Manger Hirko
said, we received a letter from the Jackson / East Taylor Sewer Authority and basically the letterís referencing the Township Code and theyíre asking if we could possibly revise an Ordinance. I guess theyíre saying instead of the 150 foot requirement for tap-ins that it could be real estate that adjoins or is adjacent to a sewer line and it would not only affect current customers or current property owners but future expansion. Should we have Bill look at that? Chairman Baker said, do you want to look at that Bill and see what the minimums or maximums are? Solicitor Barbin said, we discussed this some earlier and it doesnít look like what theyíre saying is right. I want to double check it to be sure but it looks like the 150 foot rule is apparently the law and we canít do what theyíre asking us to do . . make the mandatory tap go further, but Iíll double check it before I tell them. . clearly their Solicitor wrote that letter. To be safe, Iíll double check it and then Iíll write a letter that you can pass on to them that quotes it all exactly but I believe. . I donít think theyíre right. . itís still 150 feet.

Hirko continued, we also have a letter from Central Cambria McMidget Football League which will be using Leidy Field. . the multi-purpose field this season and theyíre saying, in light of your continued generosity to the East Taylor - Jackson Boosters, we are writing to see if you would consider a monetary donation for our Midget Football League for which they would like to purchase safety equipment. Thank you for your cooperation and the use of the field and we hope to be associated with Jackson Township for many years to come and a couple of people on the Midget Football League Board are Township residents.

Old Business:

New Business:
Ellenberger, second Bracken to accept resignation from Devon Tarner as Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote- 3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to hire Shawn Gregory as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to hire Michael Jacobs as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Ellenberger to approve contribution of $500.00 to the Central Cambria Midget Football League to purchase safety equipment. The motion was open to public comment as no dollar amount was previously stated until the motion was made. Supervisor Bracken asked, are we the only ones contributing to that? Chairman Baker said, I donít think so, but I donít know that for fact. Steve Yurasek said, I just think itís a good idea. . itís like an investment in our children. Clair Michaels added, I was just curious to how much you were going to invest. Baker answered, it couldnít be a blank check and itís absolutely wonderful to see these fields being used. Theyíre Township kids too. Yurasek said, the investment in our children is well worth it. Baker replied, absolutely. Manager Hirko added, and they are saying itís going to be used for safety equipment so itís a good cause. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve Resolution 05-07 authorizing the formation of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee of the Central Cambria Coalition and appointing Dave Bracken, Don Knopsnyder and Paul Wyrwas to that Committee. The motion was open to public comment being there were no names mentioned prior to the motion being made. Steve Yurasek said, I think Wyrwas is really good. Chairman Baker replied, thereís no doubt. Yurasek said, thatís what you need. . you need people with an education. Baker replied, heís been an asset to our Planning Commission. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve license for temporary use of the property of Sara Jane Leckey on Saturday, July 21, 2007 for the purpose of holding a fireworks display during the Jackson Heritage Festival. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve County Mutual Aid Agreement to be in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken on transferring $ 35,426.31 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $,9417.32 to Naugle Insurance for May & June Installments, $7,899.63 to Penelec to relocate 2 utility poles on Adams Avenue, $7,327.86 to Pashek Associates for Mitchell Park Master Plan & Grant Application, $5,850.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning and consulting services, $3,000.00 to Leckeyís Tree Service for tree removal along Sharkey Road, $1,031.50 to Simplex Grinnell for Fire Alarm & Inspection Contract for Senior Center and $900.00 to Laurel Hill Trout Farm for fish for the Jackson Township Fishing Derby. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from April 22, 2007 through May 5, 2007 and May 6, 2007 through May 19, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Ed Nischalke
commented, Iíd like to thank you for the tree removal. Itís something that needed done for a long time. I think thereís one more. . you could probably take it out. Chairman Baker replied, we debated. . thereís probably a few more that weíll take out eventually. Nischalke said, the other thing was on your Fishing Derby. I was wondering if you ever considered using Nanty Glo. Weíre going on private property and out of the Township for the Fishing Derby. They have a very excellent dam up there. . .the old water dam. . . itís public property. . at least Municipal property. . .lots of parking and good facilities there. . . restroom facilities and all that. . maybe you might consider that for another year but they do have a very nice facility there. If youíd take a look at it, Iím sure theyíd be happy to have the fish. They do have derbies of their own and other people. . other municipalities and fire companies and so forth also stock that doing the summer so itís a pretty good population of fish usually and easy access.

Eugene Kist commented, in our yard we have water coming up about an inch and a half. . Iíd say two inches thick. They must have blasted up on the hill. . . never before in thirty-some years has this happened. I called DEP about it and they said itís not mine drainage or nothing and thereís a lot of iron in it and itís red. Whereís it coming from? Thereís no construction work. . but theyíre blasting up there and itís coming down as red now and the neighbors are complaining about it. I donít know who to get in contact with. The DEP said thereís no mines within a thousand feet of it. Clair Michaels said, thereís mines all underneath your place Eugene. Kist replied, but thatís what DEP said. Chairman Baker asked, who would be the authority at the DEP? DCNRís part of that. Solicitor Barbin answered, DCNR just runs the parks. . itís DEP but theyíre not going to do anything. Steve Yurasek said, Al Gailey could tell you a lot about the mines. Ray Dodson. .thereís another guy that would be well worth tapping into. Barbin said, if itís polluting water, maybe Rob, because the Conservation District applies for funds and does projects to clean up the water. Nobodyís really going to blame anybody. . itís been a lot of years of trying to make people take responsibility for that. Kist said, itís completely red now. I called DEP and they made me mad. .they said thereís no mines there. After all these years and itís just coming up now. Barbin said, the Conservation District has the mine maps and they could tell you. Michaels said, the air shaft for the mine is down at my place. Barbin said, that would almost say that the mine is flooded and that seems strange. . this is a big mine. Kist said, after all these years, I find it strange there would be water anywhere. Itís coming up now. Michaels said, see. . whatís happening. .itís caved somewhere and it built a dam. . thatís all it is. Barbin replied, yes because the whole mine couldnít be filled up. . .if it was, God help us. It must have caved and there must be a dam somewhere. Kist said, I donít see a solution or anything. . Iíll take care of it myself. Michaels replied, I wouldnít touch that Eugene. Barbin said, if you do maybe the DEP will show up and say you did this and youíre responsible forever. Kist replied, then the Township will have to clean it up because the neighbors are complaining. Michaels said, your best bet is leave it alone . . you notified them. . .donít even dig a ditch away from it. Barbin said, the Conservation District could do a project but for them to do a project, youíd need a place to pond it. . clean it. . the drawback of that is it takes up space. Baker said, why donít you check with Rob and Al. Barbin said, Al Gailey knows the mines. Kist added, Iím going to give you a copy of DEPís letter that they sent. Baker said, you can give us one so we know what they sent you. Kist said, the water goes right into Hinckston Run. Dick McDowell said, maybe you ought to talk to Ed Smith. Barbin said, yes. . .heís very concerned about Hinckston Run. He has a conservation organization for Hinckston Run. Kist said, they need to take water samples out of there. Hinckston Run is now a County dam. Barbin said, Hinckston Run always was. The Conservation District actually has mining maps. . . if it ever came down to where you wanted to pull those maps and show where the mine went under you, they have those maps. Kist replied, DEP said there werenít any there. Barbin said, what they told you wasnít true. . something caved part way and created a little dam. . Al Gailey has the maps. Kist said, Iíll guess Iíll call Mr. Smith and see what he can do.

Chairman Baker
made several announcements. The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 8:00 am and Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Also The Cambria County Courts will sponsor a Youth Fair with emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on Wednesday June 20th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Admission is free and there will be free refreshments, t-shirts, games and prizes given away including sweatshirts and bicycle helmets. All students from elementary through high school are invited to attend and bring a friend. Jackson Township was awarded an Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution Control Award from the Cambria County Conservation District on May 16th at their Annual Awards Banquet. The Award was for the Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project. Thereís a plaque on the wall. I hope everybody comes out Monday at 11 am to the Veterans Park for the Memorial Day ceremonies. Itís always a real nice event. Saturday, the Township is working with the Bio-Diversity Group doing a planting over at Leidy Park. . that should take place from 9 to 4 and volunteers are always welcome. Thereís 12 two and a half inch caliber trees going in and 99 shrubs and bushes so itís a pretty nice project. Iím sure itís this way every year but Iíve got a daughter graduating this year and had the opportunity to attend the Awards Ceremony. There are some very, very academically inclined kids in that school up there and thereís a lot of them from Jackson Township here that received awards today. Keep them in your thoughts and if you see them, congratulate them. Theyíre the future of this Township. Eugene Kist said, Mr. Baker. . whatís the Township doing to keep these people here so they donít leave. Baker replied, we had this conversation. . weíre doing what we can. There is also a grant. . thereís a Committee in Jackson Township. . itís just a Jackson Township Scholarship Fund and there was $1000. Given to two kids here in Jackson Township. The more money they get, the more scholarships theyíre going to give out so if youíre interested, look some of the people up who are on that Committee. David Cobaugh is the Chairman of that Committee and the kids were most grateful for it and well deserved of it.

Bracken, second Ellenberger to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary