SUPERVISOR’S MEETING
May 26, 2005

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, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Dave Bracken, 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
asked what Ordinance # 135 was about. Solicitor Barbin explained that the Ordinance authorizes the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to engage in activities such as fundraising and training. He added that there are court cases that say fire companies are authorized to engage in emergency activities only and if somebody gets hurt while they’re engaged in emergency activities, Workers Compensation Insurance will cover them and pay to compensate them while they’re recovering from their injury. Workers Compensation without anything different does not cover fundraising, training, parades or mutual assistance. This Ordinance takes everything a Fire Company might do and says you’re authorized for whatever it is and we want to make sure we’re covered with Workers Comp. He said Workers Comp. has a flat rate for fire and a flat rate based on population and we may as well provide the maximum coverage in every case for them and it authorizes them to engage in all of their activities and that’s really all this Ordinance is for.

Minutes:
Motion
Baker, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the April 28, 2005 Board of Supervisors meetings. Vote-3 yes. Supervisor Stephens said for the record the minutes are not per betim and not "all inclusive" but I vote yes. Manager Hirko asked him to elaborate. Stephens said I just want to make that statement for the record. Hirko asked what not’s in there. Stephens said I didn’t bring the sheet with me. Hirko provided an extra copy. Stephens said I would have to go back over everything but I just want to make that statement. Hirko said I do it pretty much "word for word" from the tape.

Township Financial Report:

FUND

Balance
4/28/05

Receipts

Disbursements

Balance
5/26/05

GENERAL

$       4,230.61

$ 140,659.46

$      76,337.13

$     68,552.94

CAPITAL RESERVE

$ 1,385,145.44

$       492.79

$      23,162.74

$ 1,362,475.49

HIGHWAY AID

$   135,737.65

$       249.12

$        3,041.20

$    132,945.57

SR. CENTER FUND

$     24,971.71

$     2,426.07

$        2,502.20

$     24,895.58

Manager Hirko noted that as of the time of this report, the check from Waste Management for landfill fees was not received.

Expenditures:
Motion
Stephens, second Baker to approve the bills for the period of April 29, 2005 through May 26, 2005. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     76,337.13

$       3,041.20

$       2,502.20

Township Police Report:
The April, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 418. Reportable Incidents were 61 broken down as follows: Criminal Mischief-9, Theft-9, Criminal Conspiracy-6, Receiving Stolen Property-6, Underage Drinking-5, Burglary-4, Corruption of Minors-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Phone Scams-3, Attempted Burglary-2, Dog Law-2, Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-2, Harassment-2, Counterfeiting-1, Disorderly Conduct-1, Drugs-1 and Fleeing from Police-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-14. Traffic Citations Issued-42. Accidents Handled-7. Criminal Charges Filed were 47 broken down as follows: Receiving Stolen Property-7, Theft-7, Burglary-6, Criminal Conspiracy-6, Criminal Mischief-6, Underage Drinking-5, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Dog Law-2, Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Drugs-1 and Fleeing from Police-1.

Correspondence:
(None)

Old Business:
(None)

New Business:
The Supervisors reviewed bids received for the construction of a Veterans Monument at Veterans Memorial Park. Chairman Bracken read the bids received as follows: Oppy Construction-$75,235.00 and Wyse Memorials-36,500.00. Solicitor Barbin said both of the bids were in order.  

Motion Stephens, second Baker to accept bid from Wyse Memorials for the construction of a Veterans Monument at Veterans Memorial Park. Vote-3 yes.

The Supervisors reviewed bids received for paving planned for 2005 road projects. Chairman Bracken read the bids received as follows: New Enterprise-$102,436.05, HRI-$99,836.75, Quaker Sales-$103,677.00 and Grannas Brothers-$96,764.85. Solicitor Barbin said the Grannas bid was proper and in order.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to award bid for paving to Grannas Brothers for Road Projects scheduled for 2005. Vote-3 yes.

The Supervisors reviewed bids received for "Seal Coating" planned for 2005 road projects. Chairman Bracken read the bids received as follows: Russell Standard-$47,233.12, New Enterprise-$43,317.15 and Quaker Sales-$48,431.98.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to award bid for "Seal Coat" to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company for Road Projects scheduled for 2005. Vote-3 yes.

The Supervisors reviewed bids received for Miscellaneous Materials. Manager Hirko said New Enterprise had the low bid for the limestone while Quaker Sales had the low bid for the paving materials. Chairman Bracken said there were six items of stone and Grannas was the low bidder on all of them. Solicitor Barbin said both bids were in order.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to award bid for Miscellaneous Limestone Materials to Grannas Brothers. Vote-3 yes.

Chairman Bracken read the bids received for the asphalt materials as follows: HRI-$33.50 for ID2, $32.00 for ID3 and $28.00 for BCBC Base Course. Quaker Sales-$33.00 for ID2, $31.00 for ID3 and $28.00 for BCBC Base Course. New Enterprise-$30.90 for ID2, $28.00 for ID3 and $27.10 for BCBC Base Course. It was noted that delivery prices were quoted per hour as follows: HRI-$52.00, Quaker Sales-$55.00 and New Enterprise-$63.00. Solicitor Barbin said the bids were all proper and in order. He explained that the New Enterprise bid was slightly lower than the Quaker Sales bid but their delivery charge was higher per hour and the delivery time coming from Roaring Spring was about 3 hours per round trip verses 1 ½ hours round trip with Quaker Sales. He said also with Quaker you would have the option of sending your own truck down there where it would be cost prohibitive to send a man over to New Enterprise and back. He added that we run into the same situation last year. He said in his opinion it would be appropriate to award the bid to Quaker and we can put the calculations in the file for the PennDOT auditor to explain how the decision was made.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to award bid for Miscellaneous Paving Materials to Quaker Sales. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Ordinance # 135 authorizing mutual aid and Fire Company activities. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to rescind motion made at the December 30, 2004 meeting to hire James Braunns as a part-time police officer effective January 1, 2005. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Baker, second Stephens to hire Toby Stoykovich as Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize Roadmaster to renew road bond for Pike Road East with Amfire Mining. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on transferring $ 23,162.74 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $,6,484.80 to Chemung Supply Company for drainage pipe, $4,475.44 to Naugle Insurance Company for May Installment, $3,950.00 to Robert Bombach for cement work to dugouts at Mitchell Park, $3,900.00 to Birk Transfer for "Jersey" Barriers, $3,352.50 to P. Joseph Lehman Engineers for work on Comprehensive Plan and Stormwater Management and $1,000.00 to Hegemann & Wray for engineering work for Pike & Ogden Road Water Projects. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens on approving the time sheets from April 24, 2005 through May 7, 2005 and May 8, 2005 through May 21, 2005. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:
(None)

Public Comments:
Bonnie Nischalke
commented that in the Township Newsletter, it says that if anyone is interested in serving on one of your committees to give your name and address and information to Mr. Hirko. She said I wondered what the Township policy was and shouldn’t that person be a registered voter to serve on that committee. Is it in the Second Class Handbook or do you have a policy. Solicitor Barbin asked, Are you asking must a person be a registered voter to be on a Township Commission. . . the answer is no. That’s a person’s own business and they’re not required to be a registered voter. Supervisor Baker said they must be a resident of the Township. Nischalke said out of 3,000 registered voters in this Township and by voting you show your interest and pride in your community and you do have people on your committees that are not registered to vote. In my opinion I wonder how they can have the best interest for our community when if they aren’t even interested in voting and it doesn’t seem right. My next question is what’s the Township policy on Township employees giving out confidential information and by that I mean I worked at a bank and if I gave information out about someone’s account and it wasn’t right, I would be told that I would be fired. What is your policy towards your employees giving out confidential information. Baker asked, Are you complaining about somebody in particular. Barbin said I’d be willing to bet we don’t have a policy. Baker said pretty much everything that goes on here is public information. Barbin said most if not all. He said if she’s making a complaint, we want to know the specifics of the complaint. Baker said absolutely. Barbin said I don’t think there is a specific written policy that says and we have to determine what is confidential and what is not. If there’s a problem, you should make a written complaint and if it’s called confidential information, we don’t want to discuss it at an open meeting and make it less confidential.

Ed Nischalke said several months ago last Fall, I requested that you look at some trees on Sharkey Road on the right-of-way and I believe that you guys did that and marked them and is there any follow up on that or further discussion. Chairman Bracken said what we’re going to do, we’ll be getting to them but we’re replacing an awful lot of pipe and we’ve been replacing pipe everyday since it quit raining. We’ll go down and take a look and I know we marked them. Nischalke said there’s a stump on the other side wedged on the right-of-way and it’s probably more dangerous than the trees as at least you can see the trees. It’s right above Ralph’s road.

Announcements:
Chairman Dave Bracken
made several announcements. The first announcement was that the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The second announcement was that there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Jackson Township Senior Center on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 11:00 am. Guest Speaker will be Major Randy Parks of the US Marine Corps. The third announcement was that the Cambria County Courts will sponsor a Youth Fair at Leidy Park as part of their Anti-Drug & Alcohol Awareness Program. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and is for elementary and high school students. Admission is free and there will be free refreshments, t-shirts, games and prizes. There will also be drawings for giving away free sweatshirts and bicycle helmets.

Adjournment:
Motion
Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary

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