May 27, 2004

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Senior Center. Members present were Supervisors David Bracken, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, after which he announced that the Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts would preform a flag ceremony followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Stephens, second Baker to approve the minutes of April 29, 2004 meeting. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$          27,066.81

$     150,378.59

$     109,415.30

$     68,030.10


$      1,408,175.74

$       60,399.92

$       49,087.42

$ 1,419,488.24


$         132,306.91

$             83.54

$                .00

$    132,390.45


$          35,638.63

$         2,397.56

$         4,577.65

$     33,458.54

Baker, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of April 30, 2004 through May 27, 2004. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    109,415.30

$           .00

$             4,577.65

Township Police Report:
The March-April, 2004 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 602. Reportable Incidents were 41 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-9, Theft-8, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Assault-4, Harassment-4, Burglary-3, Criminal Mischief-3, Endangering Welfare of Children-1, Trespassing-1 and Vehicle Theft-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-9. Traffic Citations Issued-119. Accidents Handled-22. Criminal Charges Filed were 23 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-9, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Assault-3, Trespassing-2, Burglary-1 and Endangering Welfare of Children-1.

A letter was received from Matthew Riley, Illegal Dumping Coordinator & Enforcement Officer of the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority thanking the Supervisors for their time and effort during the dump clean up in Jackson Township on April 28, 2004 working with the Solid Waste Authority and Cambria County Work Release Crews. He stated that they look forward to working with Jackson Township in the future and that they have posted signs in the areas cleaned up alerting potential dumpers that the area has been cleaned and is being monitored.

A letter was received from the Cambria County Commissioners stating that they are now using a new formula for calculating liquid fuels funds which are based on a formula using population, miles of road and per capita income. They state that they have found previous allocations to Jackson Township were less than equitable. They are using 2004 as a transitional year in order to accommodate Jackson Townshipís Budget and will contribute $10,000 to road projects this year. They are also projecting that in 2005, Jacksonís allocation will be $13,800 based solely on the new formula.

A letter was received form the East-Taylor / Jackson Little League requesting their annual contribution of $1,000 to help support the 2004 season. They added that they appreciate the Supervisors support to their organization which has provided positive results to the youth in the community.

Old Business:

New Business:
Baker, second Bracken to adopt Jackson Township Storm Water Management Ordinance # 132 to comply with PA State Regulations. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no because he felt it was not authorized by the Board at a public meeting to have this ordinance drawn up.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to authorize Township Elected Auditors to do an inventory of all Township property over $25.00 in value. Stephens commented that the motion should say "all Township owned property". Baker & Solicitor Bill Barbin said that was what was implied. Chairman Bracken re-stated the motion adding the word "owned". Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Stephens to appoint _Bruce Baker_ as regular attending member to the Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency Board. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint_ Dave Hirko_as alternate attending member to the Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency Board. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Resolution 06-04 which is Plan Revision for New Land Development at Amfire Miningís Madison Mine. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve Maintenance Agreement for a Small Flow Treatment Facility for Amfire Miningís Madison Mine. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving contribution of $1,000.00 to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League Boosters to support the 2004 season. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to purchase a new 4 wheel drive pick-up truck for the Road Department on the State "Piggyback" Program. Chairman Bracken explained that there was an accident where a tree fell on the one we had and smashed it up. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the installation of 35 street lights as recommended by the Jackson Township Planning Commission. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to authorize the creation of an Adopt-A-Highway Program for Jackson Township roads, approving form of agreement and release, and authorizing the Township Manager to purchase materials for the program, to permit Township employees to load and haul trash collected and to arrange for disposal of trash at the local landfill. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on transferring $ 49,087.42 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $22,751.00 to Laurel Highlands Fence for fencing installed at Leidy Park, $13,169.53 to the Laborers International Union for back pension due for Connie Fetzer, $8,005.00 to Capitol Construction for completion of Municipal Garage Roof, $4,461.89 to Naugle Insurance for monthly insurance premium and $700.00 to the Cambria County Building Code Enforcement Agency for fee to join. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on transferring $ 1,650.00 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the Senior Center Fund - $1,650.00 to Bickford Construction for Sr. Center Building Repairs. Stephens asked Chairman Bracken what was the work that was done at the Senior Center. Bracken said it was bricks replaced on the upper wall which were damaged by the pay loader. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes. Stephens-no because he felt insurance should pay for it. Manager Hirko along with Bracken & Baker said that they did. Baker said they paid it several months ago but the work couldnít be done until weather permitted. Hirko added that the insurance check went into the General Fund and that this was just transferring it back to the Senior Center Fund. Stephens said based on that he would change his vote to yes. Final vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving the time sheets from and April 25, 2004 through May 8, 2004 and May 9, 2004 through May 22, 2004. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:
Stephens, second Baker to appoint Gina Mumau to the Recreation Commission. Stephens said that Gina has outstanding credentials and our Boards are all over-loaded with males and I think we would be very fortunate to have Gina on one of our committees. The Board agreed to have Gina serve in the longest term that would be open. Baker said that there was a five year term open. Solicitor Barbin advised to just make the motion for the longest term open. Chairman Bracken re-phrased the motion to say "appoint Gina Mumau to the longest term open on the Recreation Commission". The motion was opened up to public comment. Joe Baxter said "welcome aboard". A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to have the Solicitor come up with a way that we can organize a Grant Committee that would do nothing but come up with grants and recommend to the Board. The motion was opened to public comment. Joe Baxter said there was already a grant system out there with Dee Columbus at the Redevelopment Authority who works with the County and thatís their sole purpose up there. Stephens said he didnít think we were getting our fair share of grants. Baker asked if he was referring to a specific grant or area. Stephens said this would cover any and all grants. He added that this committee would specialize in trying to secure grants that he felt we have overlooked grants that were available which we havenít received because we havenít applied for them. Baker said he didnít see the harm in the Solicitor reviewing this. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments:
Steve Yurasek
said that when you made the changes were made to Ordinance # 118, he had hoped that we would have changed the places where it says that you canít put animal essence on the ground because come down the road this is going to create problems for hunting. He added that you may say oh no, weíre not going to enforce that. He then said that there sits a lawyer. . .read what is in Conemaugh, Franklin, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, etc. He said what we have is identical but the problem is that you canít hunt in those communities but word for word itís exactly the same. He said we got cheated because we didnít get something wrote for our Township but what we got was a copy of the big city ordinances. He added we didnít get an ordinance wrote out for Jackson Township and down the road, these boy scouts are gonna pay the price because someoneís going to come along from an animal rights group and ask why we didnít enforce it and so we end up that we donít hunt which to me is a treasure. He also asked if anything was being done on what Mrs. Kimbel brought up about finding out if the people in the township want housing for the elderly.

Bob Albright thanked the Township for the clean-up after the storm damage with the trees. He also expressed thanks for the clean-up week at the Township. He suggested that maybe we could incorporate some sort of a voucher where people could take a load to the landfill at anytime during the year and that they could be mailed out with the tax notices. He added that many people may have a refrigerator or something laying around for a whole year and that this way they could take it up to the landfill at anytime during the year.

Bob Stephens said that we agreed at this time to finalize the Grant Committee and that more than a year ago he first advocated forming a committee that specializes in securing grants to the Township and that there were those who admonished me at that time and said that I was accusing them of not doing their job and that I wasnít doing my job. He said that recently he learned that there were grants available in the amounts of the value of the land donated to the Township for recreational purposes. He said the value of the land at Mitchell Field, Leidy Lane and Loraine Park total more than $200,000. He said this was $200,000 in grant money at no cost to Jackson Township taxpayers. He said the residents of our Township could enjoy the benefits of today if the grants had been applied for years ago. He said to the Chairman of the Recreation Commission, Mr. Joe Baxter, I encourage you and the Committee to all be taking the necessary steps to apply for all grants that are available to get the desired recreational opportunities to the citizens and children of our Township.

Betty Lou Shoup asked Solicitor Barbin if in writing grants, more than a high school education was necessary. Solicitor Barbin replied no and that no special degree is necessary but added someone with more education might do better. Shoup said that there was someone from the County who wrote grants. Barbin said that was Dave Knepper who was the grant writer for the County but they let him go and he didnít feel that position was filled anymore. Shoup asked if he had more than a high school education. Barbin said he was Superintendent at Forest Hills School for a short period of time. Hirko said he was a doctor and Barbin added that he was highly educated, but some small communities have gotten some really good grants by just working real hard together and that he didnít feel you had to have education.

Joe Baxter, Chairman of the Recreation Commission said that recreation is a volunteer service and the Recreation Commissions got their hands pretty full and they donít have a lot of time to sit around and dig up grants, chase down grants or read books and right now they got their plate full with Mitchell work construction, paving of parking lot, checking deeds out and thereís only a few members going out to actually do the work outside of the meetings. He said any help by any means to make us aware of these grants or show us the proper way to go would be what is needed.

Chairman Bracken
made announcements including that the next Supervisors Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. It was also announced that there will be a Public Building Code Information Session held on Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 6:30 pm at the Central Cambria High School Auditorium in Ebensburg. This session is free and will be conducted by MDIA who will be performing inspections for the Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency. Lastly it was announced that there would be a youth fair at Mitchell Park on Wednesday, June 9th from 11 - 1. This is for elementary through high school age students and there will be refreshments, activities and prizes. The event is sponsored by the Cambria County Courts.

Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary